Hey gang. I’ve been busting my tail the last few weeks to get TMI caught up some after all the computer problems I had last month, so I’d like to ask something of you.

This is a hobby, I don’t expect TMI to pay the bills. And, trust me, I know how hard it is to come up with a donation these days. So far this month I’ve had one donation come in. It was a good one tho; $20. I’m not going to complain about not getting donations, when I can’t make any of my own. So if things are tight for you, I don’t want your money. If it’s a choice between supporting a worthy cause like Mercy Corps or me, I don’t want your money. All in all, I don’t actually want your money, but I’ve no room for pride theses days. (Well, Mr. Gates and Mr. Jobs, I do want your money.) I just pray that, someday, I can pass it all on to someone that needs it more.

But I would like to point out a few things you should be doing for me and other web comics/sites/blogs you enjoy.

First thing I’m going to ask is that you not block ads. Ads are not inherently evil and for many of us with websites they pay more than donations do. However, I dislike intrusive scripted ads. Especially the kind that allow untested third party scripts. I block scripts, and you should too. Get No Script for Firefox or Not Script for Chrome. (I simply don’t use IE unless a site won’t work with anything else and I REALLY need to visit it.) Every time I’ve had to deal with a compromised computer lately has been because of a scripted ad.

Once in a while, patronize the advertisers! If you see something that piques your interest, CLICK IT! Your click may only make the site a few pennies, but that’s 100% more than zero! I’m not saying you should go click crazy, as a matter of fact, click fraud can cost a site money.

Tell someone abou this site, and any other site you like. Link it, like it, plus it, digg it, stumble it or whatever. Get the word out. The more new visitors you send the merrier. I don’t know about other sites, but when readership is going up, I’m less likely to slack off. If you like, I can send you some business cards to hand out. I’m not saying you should evangelize on a soapbox downtown, but if you do want to convince people I’m divinely inspired, I got a great creation myth worked out.

Merchandising gets a big, “Meh!” From me. I’m saying you shouldn’t feel any obligation to buy merchandise. None! I do hope to eventually offer something that people might want. And wanting is the point. I’m not going to sell a T-shirt or mug on the premise that you should buy it to support me, nor will I buy one for that reason.

Books however, I have a crazy idea about. Buy books to support your favorite web comics, but not for your shelf. For your public library. For other people to check out and read, and hopefully like well enough to become new fans. I’m working on my own dead tree versions and I hope you’ll keep that in mind.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for putting up with me.

Cheers!