Requesting the support of my readers

Keep my science communication efforts going and help me become an independent creator.

Dear readers,

I quit my job last year to pursue a lifelong mission of spreading the purpose and joy of space exploration to everyone I can. To that end, my space blog and Moon sites are all freely accessible and completely ad-free, and I hope you enjoy reading my articles as much as I do writing them. I write to you requesting your support to keep me going.

Note: If you’ve already supported me on Patreon, feel free to skip to the last section. :)

It takes substantial effort to write a good article. To maintain a proper blog with detailed articles across multiple topics is an even bigger effort than the sum of its parts. It’s only thanks to my Patreon supporters that my site maintenance costs break even and I can take home the small remainder amount. So if you like my work, it would mean the Moon to me if you helped keep me going. :)

Why not ads or publications?

Those are indeed common ways to make a living as a science writer, but both have major caveats.

  • Ads are distracting, evil when in the form of tracking ads, and create wrong incentives for publishers. This results in publishers prioritizing ad viewing over content, which not only affects content quality but also frustrates readers. It will never be worth slapping ads on my blog, period.

  • Writing for media publications is the most common way to earn as a freelance writer and that’s what I do. While it has its benefits and some publications are awesome, it’s still at the cost of independent writing since publications filter content to their preferences, goals and whims. Basically, you cannot just write on a topic because you find it important or cool. Consider further that most publications earn from ads or corporate sponsors which solves nothing fundamentally.

I’d love to publish more content that isn’t done for media publications. In essence, an independent publication is no different than an independent writer anyway. I thus strongly believe that only a direct funding model like Patreon or donations can sustain independent, high-quality and consistent content creation. So if you like my work, help me become an independent creator. 🚀

For supporters

First of all, thank you to each and every one of you for supporting me. ☺️

Since you like my work, it’d be great if you share it with others who might like it too, and if you could talk briefly about why you support me on any relevant forum. :)

I also offer space goodies like my original space memes and wallpaper creations if you’re into that sort of thing. 🌱