How to Pay for this Blog

Both you as the reader and me as the writer enjoy this blog:

  • I enjoy writing for you to inform, educate, entertain and distract you. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and receiving your thoughtful comments about them. I enjoy travelling the world to take photos for you.
  • You enjoy reading it and you cherish my photography skills. You are impressed by my wit and knowledge (as well as the blatant absence of any modesty). It is your preferred source of information. If you are a student, my blog has helped you to finish papers and assignments. Reading this blog improves your life.

But we also both face a dilemma concerning this blog:

  • I have dozens of great ideas every week about what to write. Really brilliant ideas sometimes. But I cannot put them all into writing because I don’t have the time. I have to study and sometimes I also have to work a bit to finance my life. Because I don’t get paid for writing this blog, I cannot always prioritize it. Great ideas remain dormant and eventually wither because of this dilemma.
  • You on the other hand don’t want to pay me for writing a blog because you don’t know in advance if you will like my posts (enough). You may enjoy some of my articles, but you find others really silly. You may think that I don’t write regularly enough to warrant an annual subscription fee. A paywall (like my colleagues at the Wall Street Journal, The Times or the New York Times have installed it) is therefore not practical.

I am sure you can detect the vicious circle. But vicious circles are there to break them.

I suggest the following solution:

  1. You may continue to read the blog for free.
  2. If you like an article or a series of articles so much that you feel the urge to express your appreciation, you pick a book from my wishlist and send or pass it to me.
  3. For this, I will reward you with two extra services:
    1. I will write a review of the book (after having read it, of course).
    2. You can pick a subject of your choice, and I will write a blog post about it.
  4. Deal?
  5. Thank you very much in advance!

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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21 Responses to How to Pay for this Blog

  1. John Erickson says:

    Don’t suppose you’d be interested in a poor (actually, dead-flat broke) ghost writer, in lieu of actual money. ;)

  2. susan b says:

    I’m another broke writer, ha ha, but here’s an amazing book i just stumbled across. there’s a hermit reference in here at the very least. – s

    Kirkus Reviews, Jan. 2012

    “The Jesus Life: From Soldier and Savior to Madman”
    by Christiane Gwillimbury

    After the success of her book on Henry Kissinger, history professor Christiane Gwillimbury has turned her attention to saving a much over-written subject from Sunday School yawns and the ancient classics doldrums.

    In her new and surprisingly short treatise on all things Jesus, the longtime Harvard board director says it is common knowledge among elite scholars that the character of Jesus was based on a member of Julius Caesar’s immediate family, Lucius Caesar, and she wants to let the public enjoy the tale of what life had in store for young Lucius, who was born around seventy years before the fictionalized Jesus’ birth.

    As soon as he was born, the fair-haired Lucius was the focus of much attention in the royal household in Rome. While the idea of a democratic republic has been played-up over time, historical documents support the idea of the Caesar family being an extremely wealthy and powerful monarchy running the show through a partly concealed network of allied cousins, switched babies, and disguised sibling or even parent-child marriages. This unsavory practice of incest and inbreeding was done in an organized attempt to maintain and mix certain traits, talents, and appearances within a single, cunningly ambitious family.

    And Lucius was the golden boy with just the characteristics they had been attempting to produce in a future con-artist religious leader cum multilingual surgeon, one who could pass for a native of northwestern Europe or a rabid Jew. Many in the family were writers, talented at legal arguments and fiction writing alike, which is why, Gwillimbury insists, the story of the real man behind the Jesus icon is so endlessly fascinating. It’s not just the amazing life Lucius lived as a Roman prince shuttled off to Egypt as a baby to hide the brother-sister incest between Caesar’s teen kids that had produced him, and to protect his future use as a double-agent facilitating Roman conquests, all the way to his final act in the wilds of Scotland as an unhinged medical experimenter upsetting the locals by snatching their children to perform surgery on, in the ominous Hermitage Castle, but it’s the effect of looking back on the real man through the eyes of all he’s been made to represent that gives his life story such dimension.

    While Gwillimbury understands there may still be a few ardent believers out there who will upset at the evidence that the fictional Jesus, floating miracles and all, was just a whimsical creation of talented Roman novelists out to invent a religion that would tame their Druidic cousins into easing up control over the coveted tin mines in Britain, she feels most people have enough common sense to appreciate his rich narrative value. The Caesar family were powerful and ruthless enough to not only make up such a cunning tale to help in their ongoing campaign of “dignified” land theft, but Gwillimbury includes historical documents that clearly show the Caesars stayed in power and are still in power, hence the logic of their current understanding, as the celebrated authors, experts, artists, and leaders of the world today, of the truth behind the many concocted global religions that the author feels should be let out of the bag and enjoyed for the interesting tales behind their inventors.

    And she’s not alone in thinking it’s time. Which is why tv shows and films alike (produced with the same wealth dug up out of those tin mines in Cornwall, and added to the even more ancient Atlantean coffers transferred out of Egypt through Julia’s concrete ventures with Mark Anthony, aka Herod, in Jerusalem, then on to Byzantium, London, and eventually Washinton DC, if one can keep track of Gwillimbury’s detailed financial accounting) are continually pushing the bounds of secrecy and morality by basing their plots on the factual events of Lucius Caesar’s life, updated for modern times and serving as a modern version of the overblown Roman tributes of 70 BCE.

    For example. the popular television medical drama “House”, Gwillimbury reveals, is a charmed-up portrayal of Lucius in later years, his leg damaged by an injury that occurred after he helped assassinate his grandfather Julius under the identity of Roman political strategist Brutus, his looks shot by years of opium addiction as Saint Paul, King Lud, and others, and his final, brutal, eager cutting open of bodies on the Hermitage property, for the sake of passionate but untethered medical investigation, landing him in a Scottish prison, written up as Bad Lord Soulis (a simple pun on Lucius, Gwillimbury points out in her chapter on Jesus wordplay and Christ codes), a titillating myth of the medieval 1200’s.

    Literary sagas and even kids’ nursery rhymes like to touch, as a rule, on as many aspects of his life as possible, including the so-called romance between Lucius and his mother Julia, aka Mark and Mary Magdalene, a few years after the crucifixion, when they conceived a child together as an attempt to secure their individual fortunes back in Rome after a lengthy exile in France and Britain, where many of the biblical texts attributed to the two were written.

    Gwillimbury frequently turns to many of Lucius’ own philosophical writings to help explain his life choices, published in Greek under the pen name Lucian of Samosata. (Yet another example of how far-flung his presence in our culture is, she makes a solid argument for the meteoric success of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat being partly due to his graffiti-artist tag, Samo.) Humorous, philosophical, and even, yes, redemptive, Lucius was just a man after all, struggling to enjoy what he could of a life that had been harshly shaped from the get-go by his family’s insistence on pushing him to not only be a talented con-artist, but a master of emotional leverage as well – leading to the seemingly divine and yet absurdly impatient teenager who, between the ages of 17 and 20, delivered an amazing performance as Yesho, the Jewish prophet, and yet sometimes couldn’t resist giving as a reply, when pushed to explain why his exorbitantly illogical teachings should be believed, a resounding, “Because I said so.”

    “The Jesus Life: From Soldier and Savior to Madman” is 242 pages, published in 2012 by Canofworms Press, an imprint of Random House.

  3. ***The LensMaster says:

    Why don’t you sign up for a Distributorship Agreement with FM Group World so you can work from your home and work online? That’s how I finance my travels…

  4. Elena says:

    Why you don’t use the Adsense from Google?

    • How does that work?

    • Elena says:

      Adsense belong to Google. You have to open e-mail account in Google (if you don’t have), so you will be automaticle
      have possibility to open Google Adsense (the same password), read there explanation how to put advertisments to your site. After they check your site you will see something like it is in my site – ads from another sites. Every click from your visitors on these links will bring some money to your account, you will see it in Adsense. Good luck!

    • How much do you earn by doing that?

  5. Elena says:

    Not so much, but I only begin it and it depends of quantity of visitors. More visitors – more clicks.

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  7. g says:

    Are you looking for paper books or ebooks or used or new?? also i didnt see where to send the books, some of your blog shows that you are traveling so is it forwarded or do you need to get updates on where to send books? Is your review going to be a review in a cliff note type of review ?

    • Thanks for asking!
      I only read paper books, I am that old-fashioned.
      My address until June 2013 will be “Andreas Moser, Savanoriu pr. 47-12, LT-03130 Vilnius”.
      My reviews are not like Cliffs Notes, but more like this:

    • g says:

      Also forgot to ask do you prefer reading in german or english, some are easier to find in english verse german but preference is preference or it doesnt matter?

    • I read both in English and German, so that really does not matter. I usually go for the edition which I can find more easily (or which is cheaper). The advantage with German is that I can read it faster, but sometimes the translations from English into German are so clumsy that the joy of reading the book is diminished.

  8. g says:

    I agree much is lost in translation either way.

  9. PENNY says:

    so do you remove the books from the list once you receive them? and is not better to be financially rewarded.

    • Yes, the wishlist is always kept up to date.
      The books are for short questions or articles or to answer questions here on the blog. For an in-depth personal consultation over the phone, I do indeed charge 200 €.

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