The second week in my annual February birthday fund-raising campaign for this website, Behind the Black, is now over. The frist week was good, though hardly record-setting, and as ususually happens, the donations and new subscriptions dropped off during that second week, which means that so far this year’s February campaign is a becoming somewhat average.
No matter. The support from my regular readers continues to be strong, for which I am endlessly grateful. I don’t expect or want them to donate over and over again in the same year. And while my readership continues to grow, that growth has slowed in the past two years. This all suggests that I am beginning to reach certain limits to growth. Unless some major media outlet or famous person decides to plug my work out of the blue, we should expect things to remain stable for awhile.
There are still two weeks left in this campaign however. If you have been a regular reader and a fan of my work and have not yet donated or subscribed, please consider doing so. I take no ads, I keep the website clean from pop-ups and annoying demands (most of the time). Thus, I depend entirely on my readers to support me. Though this means I am sacrificing some income, it also means that I remain entirely independent from outside pressure. By depending solely on donations and subscriptions from my readers, no one can threaten me with censorship. You don’t like what I write, you can simply go elsewhere.
So, please consider donating or subscribing. As outlined on the tip jar elsewhere on this page, there are four ways of doing so, by Zelle, Patreon, Paypal, or by check. Please consider supporting my work.
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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.
The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.
The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.
"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News