Right, so yesterday afternoon, I posted an explanation of where The Malik Report goes next from a planning perspective.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve received some well-meaning comments, some from those who are in the community and some from those who are not.
Their suggestion was a simple one, and it’s one that’s been echoed repeatedly: “Dude, the best way to fund your blog is to get a part-time job.”
This is obviously a good suggestion, and in a perfect world, I would be getting paid for doing a part-time job and I would not have to worry about the fact that this blog doesn’t make enough for me to keep my health insurance starting next year (as Michigan is establishing a work requirement for Medicaid recipients at approximately $750 a month in wages, or the equivalent to 20 hours a week of minimum wage work).
The problem is that this is not an ideal world, and the truth of the matter is that I have two part-time jobs. Their names are Anne and Mary Catherine, a.k.a. taking care of my 77-year-old aunt and my 69-year-old mom. My aunt has approximately 10 auto-immune disorders, and my mom has enough chronic health issues that we spend a fair portion of our time ferrying her to doctor’s appointments. Neither of them drive, neither of them do errands, and they both need my help on a daily basis.
It’s not that I don’t want to work or something. The problem is that I DO work, I just don’t get paid for it, and that’s why we’re trying to get my aunt signed up for Medicaid as well so that I can officially become her caregiver, and possibly get paid for doing the jobs I already do inside and outside the house.
So yes, I do hang onto the belief that, between Paypal donations and Patreon content, I will be able to make $750 a month and keep the blog going. I do so because I am optimistic, and because the concept of getting a part-time job to fund the job is simply not possible at this point because I am a full-time caregiver of two elderly ladies that I care about very much.
I’m not going to quit on them, so that means getting creative not wanting to quit this. So it’s https://paypal.me/TheMalikReport and https://patreon.com/TheMalikReport for now, with (hopefully) more to come.