I hate to do this but I am coming to everyone here for help. I lost my job yesterday. It's a long story and it's not pretty. And I can look for another job in the same line of work, but office jobs generally - for me - require me to have a migraine every single day due to the office environment (fluorescents, etc). So maybe now is the time to actually start writing for a living? Obviously, any money you give goes directly into my pocket, but it is also for the continuation of my writing as much as I have on the site. I don't know what type of job I'll be able to find or if it would allow me to continue blogging so much.
Please read on for how you can help me - and this site - both financially and NOT financially too.
Short term, I'm screwed. When I got the job, I bought a Prius. I've paid off $10k so far, but I have $17k in debt left. I might have to sell it just to get some cash, and then continue to pay off the loan at $450 per month. And my rent is $1225 per month. It's San Diego rent. I just took the place, just moved here, and it was an $850 deposit. I will have to find out how badly I will be penalized if I leave for somewhere cheaper. I have no savings.
So how can you help? I've added a PayPal button on the site. So money would help greatly. So would advertising. Click on "Advertise here" if you have anything you want to advertise - even an idea, a cause, a blog, a diary series you write, an organization, a magazine - anything. It costs $15-$30/week right now to run an ad so if you've got something you want to promote it's not a bad way to do it.
But if you don't have money (and that's the case for too many people right now) please suggest this website to friends. Please link to this site from other blogs and sites. Please visit the site frequently. Sign up to follow La Vida Locavore on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LocavoreBlog or subscribe to it on Google Reader and then share the diaries you like with your friends on Google reader (go to sharing settings to set it up) so they can read things you find interesting too. The more hits this site gets, the more likely I can attract advertisers.
On that note, the better the content on the site, the more likely we can attract traffic - so please, comment, write diaries, and I'll appreciate that VERY much. If you're not much of a writer, do a photo diary. Anything is appreciated.
Just to clarify - I've received a few questions - the site isn't going to cease existing because I believe I paid for it for a full year, which means until July. My major fear is that I'll be forced to take a job that gives me no time for blogging - or at least, considerably less time for it. And I want to continue to put effort into the research and writing I do for this site. I don't want to decrease the quality of this site.