How to Support This Work

When I was a little girl, my parents read me and my sister the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." We were taught that we were not to ask for help unless we absolutely needed it, otherwise we risked losing the support of people willing to show up for us.

I wouldn't be asking for your help now if I didn't need it. I created a Patreon page to support my writing, so that I can dedicate more time to the work I was put on this planet to do and less time trying to figure out how to survive.

Your readership and encouragement has given me the confidence to claim that my voice is powerful and that my work is necessary. I want my writing to be read all over the world. I want my articles to appear in major magazines and newspapers. I want to publish a book within the next two years. I simply can't produce enough writing when I'm spending most of my time working 2-3 part-time jobs at a time.

Patreon is a crowd-funding platform that allows artists to obtain funding from their fans or patrons, on a recurring basis, or per work of art. I created this Patreon page months ago, and have been too afraid to share it out of fear that I would come across as a willingly starving artist begging for handouts. What I've come to realize is: I'm not asking for handouts. I'm providing a service and I deserve to be compensated for my work.

I spend HOURS of my time writing articles to share with my community. It spend hours reading, talking, reflecting, researching, brainstorming, writing, editing, and writing some more to produce articles to help people (myself included) get more free.

That said, I do this work joyfully. I wouldn't rather be doing anything else but writing. And that's exactly what I'm asking you to help me do.

If anything I have ever written has resonated with you, if you have shared my posts with your friends, if you have found something I said to be meaningful in some way, if my writing has helped you understand the world and your place in it, I am asking you now to help me continue doing this work.

I received some encouragement yesterday that reminded me of these words by Audre Lorde: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

So, I'm doing it afraid. For whatever amount you can contribute, I will be so grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey.

Visit my Patreon page here

Jamila Reddy