This blog is free, and I don’t have a Patreon, but…

I love writing Scientist Sees Squirrel, and I love that you’re reading it.  I also love that you don’t have to pay for it (well, except for being forced to endure whatever creepy semi-targeted ad WordPress drops onto the page). But every now and again, someone asks me if I have a Patreon, or a Ko-fi, or whatever the newest online crowdfunding/tipping app might be. I don’t.

I don’t have a Patreon, and I don’t want one. I want everyone to pay the same price for what’s here, and I want that price to be zero.  And if you happen to have a Patreon budget, I’d rather you used it for someone whose situation is more precarious than mine, or who is earlier-career than me, or who in some other way deserves your spending more.

But: if you enjoy what you read here, and you’d like to say thanks, here are two things you can do that will cost you nothing at all.

  • You can say something nice about one or the other of my books. Provided, I mean, that you’ve read one of them and liked it, or are looking forward to reading one of them, or whatever – please don’t lie!  You can post about one of my books on Facebook or Twitter, rate or review them on Goodreads or Amazon, recommend them to your local library, or just tell a friend.
  • If you’re in Canada, the US, the UK, or Germany, and you plan to shop on Amazon anyway, you can begin by following a link from Scientist Sees Squirrel. It doesn’t matter what product that link goes to: once you’re there, you can search and browse to your heart’s content, and I’ll get a commission on whatever you buy.  (My commission doesn’t have any effect on the price you pay, although it does reduce Amazon’s profit a little.)*  So, you could bookmark one of these links, and use it whenever you’re heading to Amazon: for the US, or for Canada, or for the UK, or for Germany.

And if you don’t want to do either of these things: don’t worry, it’s completely OK.  Scientist Sees Squirrel will still be here, and it will still be free, and you’ll still be welcome every single time you visit.

© Stephen Heard  February 6, 2020

Image: Thank you word cloud, © Ashashyou CC BY-SA 4.0 via

*^This is in no way an endorsement of Amazon as a place to shop.  If you prefer to buy from a bricks-and-mortar shop, or an independent online shop, that’s great. You can go the say-something-nice-about-a-book route instead!

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