A few months ago I sent a request asking for donations. (here) This wasn't easy as I'm really bad at accepting things. But my plan was to buy a motorbike and travel across the country with friends and this meant I needed to not just buy buy a bike but also new travel insurance, as I never drove before and I figured I was destined to get hurt on a motorcycle. I was close to running near my estimated "come home now" level of cash then and I had a thought that some people had voiced to me about, ask the userbase for donations. The thought was that if people enjoyed my adventures, if it effected their days somewhat and gave them enjoyment then asking for a small commission for that enjoyment would not be too different than say buying a newspaper. Ok, very different, but not so much. As they say in SE Asia, same-same but different.
The other day I was thinking to myself how I felt bad about accepting money for me to gallivant around the world while people worked hard for that money. Especially since most of the people who donated were either in grad school or I knew were not making so much money. And my jewish guilt had me feeling wrong for it. But when I got to my next stop and saw that my friend, the amazing Michelle G, had made a very generous donation I took it as a sign that it's ok to accept these things from people. In fact after nearly a month with no donations I doubled all the previous donations in a few days as some other good friends donated.