Fish pond at Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana
There are 6 alligators in the original of this photo / Fontainebleau State Park, LA Nov. 1, 2021 / photo by the author Amethyst Qu

My Membership Drive With Angry Alligators

Watch your ankles, there are six gators in this picture

Hey, I don’t want to be an alligator loitering in the grass to snap at any ankles, but isn’t it a kind of e̶x̶p̶l̶e̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶d̶e̶l̶e̶t̶e̶d̶ thing to ask your writers to sell memberships to supplement the absolutely terrible pay rate on this platform — but then put a big old ad on the front page so readers can buy memberships direct without going through any writers, thus cutting said writers out of that little bit of referral pay?

If you’re a reader but not a writer, maybe you don’t know this, but you pay the same for a membership whether you sign up through a writer’s link or through that big yellow band on the front page.

If you wish to become a member, please sign up through a writer’s link to make sure a WRITER gets that extra money. It makes no difference to you, and it will make a difference to that writer.

Doesn’t have to be me. After all, you can only pick one writer to sign up through. Pick your favorite.

But pick somebody, please. A real human who writes stuff that you read.

Don’t just click the yellow band of “all your referral money goes to folks who are already billionaires.”

Here’s my membership sign-up form. Other writer’s membership forms will look just like this only with their own avatar or headshot. Check your favorite’s profile to find it.

Alligator in the grass
This alligator is pretty sure I don’t see any gators loitering under the grass / Nov. 1, 2021 / photo by the author Amethyst Qu



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