Would you $upport this blog?

coins in a canOver the past years, some of my readers have asked if there is a way to support this blog and the work I do here.

I’m committed to sharing the details of my recovery after multiple mild TBIs with those who need hope, inspiration, and basic information about what it’s like to be concussed — and recover successfully afterwords.

It’s something I’m committed to. Is this something you’d be willing to support? I’m looking for ways to do that, but before I start, I want to see if there’s any interest among my 900+ followers.

Would you be willing to contribute something one-time? Monthly? Yearly? How much would you be willing to contribute? This is important work, and support from readers can help me do even more. I’m just not sure what a reasonable amount might be. I’m hoping you can help me out with this.

Whaddaya think? Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

8 thoughts on “Would you $upport this blog?”

  1. Hiya! I hear you. I wish I could support you, however as yet I personally can not. I’m the Treasurer of Brain Injury Matters(BIM)in Melbourne Australia. I’d definitely consider a once a year donation and link you to our webpage nice it’s updated. Don’t know how much though. Good luck. Cheers,H

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  2. Yes, I would support it. A PayPal donation link would be a great idea here. Realistically, I could not donate to this regularly, but one time here and another time there, especially as I do not bring in an income myself. I believe this is a vital communication and service though this blog connection. And my own time and energy are limited, so I am very selective and have less than a handful of websites I visit regularly to read and stay caught up. There are many stay at home parents who blog for money and it seems that they get much of their income through sponsor links. Maybe doing that would be helpful too, though you are not pushing products, the way so many of those do. You are providing information and a sense of community. Not being a blogger, I can’t advise in this area. But in some ways, your site reminds me of computer or technical solutions gurus as well as artistic crafters who provide the information they can to those who seek it and ask for the donation on the site, gently encouraging folks to pay if they found something helpful.

    Earning and managing one’s income can be such a tricky component of living post-injury, so definitely find a way to request the donations. On the flipside, the ones seeking information and guidance here most likely have already tied up a lot of resources in their own health care since so much of the needs exceed what insurance will cover and their own income might be limited due to challenges that can arise with working (as if you don’t already know that, so I am just preaching to the choir). I know you will find the right balance and solution. And it might be a work in progress as you refine what works and eliminate what doesn’t. But, heck, isn’t that all part of this journey that TBI imposes regardless? Narrowing down the priorities after taking an initial stab at moving in a productive direction seems to be a recurring theme for us in my daughter’s recovery and I know we are not alone. So start, just start. I wouldn’t overthink this one because you will lose potential donations from one-time visitors in the meantime. It can always evolve, so go with your gut and initiate something. More opinions will trickle in and you can revise. You will also have more time to read what other bloggers do and start getting all feeling of what is working and modify.

    Please excuse any typos, which are probably just an auto-correct issue. I tore the ligaments in my thumb (now I have a matching set of damaged hands) and it is hard to type as my brace gets in the way and my fingers are so fatigued since my index finger now has to act like a thumb for any grasping activities – and believe me there are many in a day just doing activities of daily living. I am not complaining, just sharing. I have the date I can begin rehab on my calendar, I just hope the pain is resolved by then so I won’t have to delay.

    Your sense of self writing too can be a source of income too, so consider getting that as a subscription or in a published e-book. Just putting that out there as information there isn’t as regularly updated as this blog. Also, those pictures you used to draw, memorize and then try to recall later might be useful little nuggets for further development. Day give one or two away as free downloadable and then sell the others as a packet. That would need further development too, but I am just sort of doing a steam of consciousness writing here to generate ideas without editing them or judging them. Maybe something will resonate with you as being something to pursue further.

    Keep us in mind today and send good thoughts that the contact lenses work out. I feel like there will be a bit of anxiety and failure in the attempts to even learn about putting them in. I know my kid can learn this, but the process of moving forward, even towards good stuff, is sometimes bumpy. Hooray for a Friday appt as there will be time to rest (highly likely this will be required) and any schoolwork can still be done over the weekend, so that stress is reduced.

    Looking forward to seeing what you decide about the blogging as a source of income. Go for it!

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  3. I’d support it! I love the work you do and your blog is a source of inspiration for me even after 3+ years of this, and especially on dark days. (I’ve also had multiple head hits before the big “mTBI” and other trauma too). You fill a very important niche of providing thoughtful, creative and wise reflections and advice for those who are continuing this journey beyond the basic generic information out there. Thank you. As for how much, my most natural preference is for a free-form optional donation button. Prompts and encouragements are ok too. But a regular subscription seems to be too bland. That could just be me though. When I’m feeling positive I’d donate probably $50-80 a few times a year so it’d be equivalent to maybe $12/month? I wouldn’t like to see anyone being paywalled or locked out though.
    All the best to you whatever you choose 🙂

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  4. Thank you so much – that’s great to know. And I’m especially glad to hear that I’ve been of service to you. I think I will put up a freewill donation button for anyone who wants to help out. But I will never block anyone from accessing this site. I think it’s too important, and I never want to miss anyone who’s in need of help. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  5. Thank you for your thoughts and support. I will put up a donation button this weekend, just for whoever wants to support the work. Those are some good ideas about other things to offer. I have several ebooks that I have been intending to publish, but I’m finding it hard to find the time to focus in and just get it all done. I like the idea of selling the pictures to recall. I find them very helpful, myself. I may just do that.

    One of the reasons I have not any asking for money is that I know very well how it is to be broke post TBI. I was in very rough shape for years, and I’m still far from where I need to be. So, I want to be sensible about it. But I also don’t want to miss any opportunities.

    Very sorry to hear about your thumb. That’s a rough one. I hope you didn’t strain your hand typing all that. I’m finding that dictating into my smartphone is saving my hands. Not on days like today, though. It doesn’t always work. Hope you heal up quickly and get the rehab you need. And thanks again for all the great ideas.

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  6. Thank you so much for your support! I believe I saw a contribution from you last evening. I really appreciate it – financially speaking, as well as the feedback and input you provide. It’s so important to hear from family members who are helping their loved ones recover and build up the best lives possible.

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  7. I would love to if my finances were there to do so. Ever since my injury, money management has been a real problem. What I find interesting about this topic is how the brain injury industry cares little about the recovery process and supporting people like you – who are doing so well after your brain injury and the hope you offer people. I know this all to well because I’ve been trying to make the industry accountable for it’s self-serving ways since 1985. The $100 Billion brain injury industries does nothing but treat the symptoms and perpetuate the stigma that people with brain injuries face every day. There is too much money to be made by the brain injury providers who can garner $1,200 a day to warehouse people in their facilities until the money runs out. They don’t value the progress we make after our brain injuries or the hope we provide them by telling what we have learned along the way. Your blog is one of the best I’ve seen. Your words of encouragement and the insights you offer is very worthwhile to survivors, family members and professionals. You shouldn’t have to ask people to support you because if the industry cared about the people they served they would be climbing all over themselves to sponsor you!

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  8. Hey Ken – thank you very much for your kind words. I totally get that finances thing. It’s tough — especially for brain injury survivors. And thank YOU for all that you do. It’s amazing. I’m thinking about how to reach out to “people with means” to help support this work. I think it’s important for me to keep living my life as a regular individual dealing with the real world and sharing what I learn, but I wouldn’t turn down some financial support to lift the existential fear off me. I wonder sometimes what it would be like to not have to constantly worry about losing my house… And I know I’m not the only TBI survivor in that situation. So, so many of us are. And yet we prevail. Thanks again for your words of encouragement and have a wonderful day. It’s still Sunday… for a few more hours.

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