Some of you may have noticed that you have been redirected from the old WordPress address for my blog to alastairadversaria.com. You may also have noticed that the ads beneath the posts have disappeared.
A few days ago, I finally took the long overdue step of updating my WordPress plan to a paid one. There are a number of advantages, not least the fact that the blog is now free of ads and has its own domain name. I now also have more space to upload pictures (I was on the brink of my limit for months). Ads can be annoying and I would prefer for you never to have to encounter them here. More pictures will hopefully make the blog that bit more colourful and welcoming.
In over thirteen years of blogging and writing online, I have found it to be deeply rewarding and enjoyable. I have loved participating in a community of bloggers, learning in public, and hearing and engaging with readers’ feedback. Many of you have become friends and regular correspondents of mine, not just anonymous readers. I hope to stick around for a number of years yet.
The one downside to blogging is that, at least the way that I go about it, it doesn’t pay (kids, seriously, listen to your parents and just don’t start!). The overwhelming majority of my online writing elsewhere and all of my podcasting is done at a considerable expense of time, but with no payment for my labours. In several instances, I have preferred writing for no pay over writing that pays, when that offer of payment has come at the expense of my choice of subject matter, scope and depth of discussion, manner of approach, or the accessibility of my writing to the readers I want to benefit from it.
In my experience, the things that need to be written and the things that people will pay you to write often differ markedly. I write because I care about the subjects I am writing about, value the specific readers for whom I write, want to encourage thoughtful conversations, and wish to support the work of websites that consistently produce worthwhile output. Payment, on the few occasions I receive it, is a bonus and a welcome help towards paying the bills. It has never been the reason why I write and I hope it never will be.
I want to keep on producing work like this in the future, to the extent that I can. The generosity of family and friends who value the work that I do and wish to protect the independence and integrity of my writing has been a crucial factor in enabling me to write as much as I have in the way that I have. If you have appreciated my writing in the past and would like to help to make such continued writing possible, you can use the donate button below to give something to help me to cover the cost of this blog and other expenses related to my writing.