A big ask, but first, a big update...
I made $14,943 last year, including $3,200 in unemployment benefits that were collected from mid-June through September. I made 30% above the poverty line for a single male with no dependents. Should I stop complaining about how little money I have or should we all be outraged that the poverty line is set so embarrassingly low at $11,490 per person?
I think the latter.
Most of my income from last year came from the first half of the year when I worked at Kroger's inbound call center. Thankfully, I got a tax refund of about $1,200 this week, which I can use to pay February and March's rent, with what's left going toward utilities.
I was fortunate enough to get 4 published features on Food Dive, 2 of which I've already been paid for and the other 2 I will use towards food and gas. Of course, my last 2 features only owe me a total of $80.
I'm not supposed to tell people that... I think because they would be embarrassed for people to know that they pay so little.
So while there have been small bright spots, I am still as poor as ever. Despite the tax returns, I am only able to pay up one month on rent. Hopefully, I'll have a job by April, but honestly, it feels like things are slipping away from me, and the honest truth is that the longer I'm unemployed, the less likely I am to get hired.
Writing has been one of the few bright spots of this whole situation, but even that has been strained. I've told you guys that I have a 7 & 1/2 yr old iMac that is starting to show it's age, but it's now preventing me from writing. Most of the time, I can't keep the computer on for more than 10 minutes before it crashes. It's a Late 2006 Intel iMac, so there isn't much I can do to upgrade it. I've also been able to apply to less employers for the same reason. I start to do an online application, then the computer crashes. I need to do something about that...
The Big Ask...
Here is where I need your help again. This time, my rent is secure for at least another month, my food/gas is sketchy, but my big problem is a dying computer.
I need to raise money to get another computer, so I can continue blogging, freelance writing, and of course, applying for jobs.
As before, you can use the PayPal Donate button on the right.
The money I raise(unless I get a massive amount of money) will be used for a new computer that will not fail me, so I can continue to create content when I'm not applying for positions or researching companies I'm about to interview with.
So if you can donate, please do, and if you can't donate, please tweet this blog or share it on facebook so others may donate.