Xenogothic holds onto a utopian view of the blogosphere where blogging is done for its own sake. As a public notebook, it is a space to enter into dialogue with others and overcome the more alienating aspects of a solitary writer’s existence. To monetise access to this kind of work is to fundamentally undermine its principles and its fugitivity from restrictive forms of “professionalisation”.
But man’s got to eat.
If you want to support these principles and the work produced on this blog, there are numerous things that you can do to help. Below is a list of ways that you can support this blog, either on a voluntary basis or in exchange for other things.
If you have the power and the funds, consider hiring me. I have been working freelance as a writer, editor and proofreader for the last few years, making this my main source of income since the coronavirus pandemic. I have worked for Urbanomic and Repeater Books and I am open to all projects.
If you’re not in that position, the best thing you can do is subscribe to the blog and support it with a small monthly contribution. If you have a WordPress account and use it to follow the blog, you can use the button below to sign up to a monthly subscription fee of £2.50. (You can use the same button below to adjust the price and pay what you want.)
Alternatively, you can buy merch on Bandcamp and Teespring. You can buy copies of my books. You can buy me a coffee via my Ko-Fi profile. You can also sign up to the the XG Patreon to gain access to a private Discord server and weekly reading groups for $5 per month.
I’m hugely appreciative of all the support I’ve already received from people over the last few years and hopefully this page makes sense, within the current climate, as a transparent way to support the work done here in order to keep up the consistency of my content in a world that is increasingly precarious and unforgiving for those of us wanting to produce written content available to all.