I wanted to write this to give you guys a bit of an update. This year has been crazy! My page has gone from 30 000 to over 55 000! My book came out and my Youtube channel passed 1000 subscribers! I am blown away by the support everyone has given me so far.
I started this page and the Silly Linguistics group to just share my love of languages. I have always loved languages but it took a back seat to my love of gaming and programming. I got a job working on game technology in 2014, but I had to quit after I got depression. Since then I have been doing freelance work. I started this page in late 2014 and it has been a roller coaster since then!
But there comes a time when you have to take stock of things and work out where you need things to be. My depression is slowly fading away and I feel stronger and stronger. The same I can’t say of my mother. She is a feisty and strong person, but after a family tragedy a few years ago, she has become less so.
I started Silly Linguistics at a time where I was not able to perform at the level required by a full time job, so I thought I might as well work a bit on a page and see what I could do with it. The support people give this page is amazing! Thank you so much for buying tshirts and my book! You are all awesome and I can’t thank you enough. I would have been happy if I sold one!
The hard thing about the situation though, is that the money I am making is not enough to pay all my bills, let alone help my mother who has looked out for me every step of the way. She should be able to relax at home and enjoy a retirement, not slave away at work to support the family.
The time to choose is fast approaching. I have to choose stability and income over hobbies. I am getting strong enough to work now and I want to be able to provide for myself and my family.
So I decided to come to you guys and ask for your help. Will you help me build Silly Linguistics into the best language page, language website and language youtube channel? Will you help me turn Silly Linguistics into a job, a proper job, a job that can help me support my family as well as allow me to expand Silly Linguistics and pay for business things like computers, cameras, rent and internet connections?
I started Silly Linguistics for a bit of fun, but it has become so much more. I never knew that I could have so much fun doing something that is a lot of work. But I have seen a future where languages are seen as an essential part of life and not just a weird curiosity. I have seen a future where people are raring to learn Irish Gaelic, Navajo and Australian aboriginal languages (amongst many many others). I forsee a future where languages memes, videos and articles flow like wine at a banquet. But it is only a dream.
Can you help me make that dream a reality? Will you help support Silly Linguistics? It is all possible if enough of us help each other.
At the end of the day, I need to start earning money. Enough money to support myself and my family. That is going to happen.
The question is, how much is Silly Linguistics going to be a part of that. I have spent two and a half years building Silly Linguistics up, and I want it to continue. There are only so many hours in a day. I will have to spend time on others things at some point, unless you can help me turn Silly Linguistics into a full time job.
So here’s the plan:
With at least $100 coming into my Patreon every month, I will have enough time along with every thing else I am doing to create a comic every week.
At $200 per month, I pledge to make a podcast every week about an interesting language topic.
Above this, who knows. Expect language lectures, videos about ancient languages and plenty other fun stuff.
Or I can just post a funny pic every day while I make programs for people.
I know which one I would like, and I am sure you will agree with me.
Let’s make Silly Linguistics into what it can be and let’s not let this opportunity slip away.
Even if you can only contribute $1 / month, I would be over the moon that you are willing to help Silly Linguistics grow.
It is a tough time for me, but it’s not a situation with no solution. I hope I can convince some of you to help me make language, language learning and the language community a more vibrant, interesting, enriching and exciting place.
I hope you have a great day
Steve the vagabond and silly linguist (but my friends call me Rolf) 🙂
You can also make a one time donation to my PayPal