I actually joined to support the people whose work I was reading. Then I saw the partner program and thought “why not” and gave it a try. I’ve only been a member for a little over three months. My yearly membership fee was paid back with my second check. I don’t expect to ever make a lot of money here but those checks make me feel like my words have value. I think I’m less likely to just stop as long as I feel that way. And I know I’ll stay a member as long as I find good stuff to read here.