I was still working full time when I began developing the idea for Time Goes By. Then, when I unexpectedly withdrew from the workforce in 2004, I simply transferred the energies I had devoted to my (mostly fascinating) jobs over nearly half a century to exploring out loud on this blog, what it's really like to get old.
What I did not know at the start was that TGB would become so much more satisfying than those jobs. Even after all these years, it remains a labor of love that while I wasn't looking, also turned me into an advocate for elders.
Surprising to a woman who had been a paripatetic generalist all her life, this ongoing interest in all things ageing is as enjoyable today as when TGB was new.
That includes not just the work I turn out but the thoughtful, knowledgable and often funny contributions from the community of readers who post their observations in the comments and send suggestions for future posts or Saturday's Interesting Stuff.
All that said, here comes the pitch.
From its debut, Time Goes By has been a free and ad-free zone on the internet. As it will always remain. But now I am asking that if you find value in what is turned out here, you might consider donating to the upkeep of Time Goes By.
It takes at least as many hours per week as a full-time job for me to produce Times Goes By and the costs keep increasing.
The immediate impetus for this new “feature” is that the daily email delivery of the blog has become so cluttered with messy and intrusive advertising that it is nearly impossible to read. That is the free version from the third-party service.
To deliver an ad-free email to the thousands of subscribers costs hundreds of dollars and that is, of course, in addition to the other costs required to maintain TGB.
So today I am instituting an annual donation drive that will take place for one week somewhere near Valentine's Day each year.
The campaign consists of this introductory blog post with a link to the Paypal donation page along with a MUCH shorter version of this invitation at the top of the blog page through next Sunday.
First and foremost: no one is required to donate. Nothing about TGB will change if you do not. This is entirely voluntary.
If you do choose to donate, no amount is too small. Whatever is reasonable and comfortable for you is good.
You do not need a Paypal account to donate. When you click on the link below, the Paypal donation page will open (it's a little slow sometimes) where you will have two choices:
- You can donate via credit card or, if you have a Paypal account, by a money transfer both in any amount you want.
- You can make a one-time donation or choose a recurring monthly donation.
All this works in the Unites States and internationally.
Let me reiterate. Except for email subscribers who will begin receiving an ad-free version of Time Goes By as soon as donations reach the price of purchasing it, nothing will change.
Here is the Paypal link which you will also find near the top of the right sidebar.
Although the donation button is now a permanent piece of the furniture in the right sidebar, you will need to suffer through this campaign only once a year.
And to not depart from the blog's purpose completely today, here is a lovely little clip from a recent Bruce Springsteen concert proving that no one is ever too old to rock out.
“A woman down in the pit area has a sign asking Bruce to dance with her 88 year old mother, and Bruce happily obliges her.”
Thank you for that clip, Tom Delmore, and thank you all for your interest in Time Goes By.