It was brought to my attention that the ChipIn widget wasn't updating, but it doesn't matter - you guys obliterated my goal! I went to bed soon after making the fundraising post at 2:30am, and upon waking up at 10:30am you all had donated $1,562.
I'm seriously tearing up. I put a low goal for fundraising since I felt guilty enough asking, and thought maybe I could raise a couple hundred bucks, hoping that any little bit would help. Now I feel bad for underestimating the generosity of effectively strangers. It's moderately terrifying to imagine what would happen if that post went up now, instead of in the middle of the night.
I took the ChipIn widget down since I now have plenty of money for TAM. Like I said, anyone who donated $50 or more will get an autographed copy of The Atheist's Guide to Christmas once the American version (with me!) comes out in November. I'll use some of this extra money to defray the cost of buying and shipping books. And any money that's remaining after that I'll donate to the Secular Student Alliance to start off my Blogathon charity fundraiser in July.
If you still want to donate out of the goodness of your heart and to support this blog, I've added a PayPal button in the right column. But more importantly, THANK YOU! I seriously can't express how appreciative I am. Maybe size 60 font and animated sparkles would get the point across, but I'll spare you. Seriously, you all have only confirmed that I have the most wonderful readers ever! I love you guys .
Now if you excuse me, I'm going to go dance around naked. Weeeeeee!