As the title says. I need support for September. The reason being that this month seems to be rather more difficult than I expected, August was also difficult for me. I only get (for now) around 247000 ISK a month in social welfare, in other currencies that’s about 1732 USD, 1727€. That is not enough because in Denmark I pay for most bills for 3 months at the time and few bills monthly. I wish all bills where monthly, but that is not how the system works in Denmark (there is a slow change to paying monthly, but many companies continue to require three month payments).
Currently, I got a surprise phone bill (because I assume that all bills that I get at the end of month, is what I have to pay, this phone bill arrived at the start of September, with payment due soon) and that’s a problem because I can’t afford to pay it as is. The amount is 796 DKK (107€, 107USD). Then I have to buy food for the rest of the month.
I am waiting on extra payments connected to my social welfare. When they start I don’t know, because that is in a system that doesn’t update me on progress and is between Denmark and Iceland social welfare system (this is government stuff). Until this payment start, that are going to bring me to local Danish social welfare income level. I am going to have problems. I am trying to control this best as I can, but sometimes I just don’t manage to do so, since my income is low and that is a problem. I hope one day that I won’t have this problem, but that day is not this month. Sadly.
Thanks for understanding and the support. 🙂
Thanks to donations. I can now pay the phone bill and have enough left to buy food for few days.
In the recent weeks I have been moving to Denmark from Iceland. This is a process that takes time and limits what I can do for the next few days. I no longer have a seismometer in Iceland since running it from Iceland proved to be an impossible task. It is also made more difficult by the fact that hardware and the software that I have is old and no longer maintained.
I don’t know when I can afford upgrading to a new hardware. It is going to take a while until that happens. I am going to have my own seismometer in Denmark. That is going to allow me to record strong earthquakes in the Mediterranean sea area.
Those who want to monitor live earthquake detection in Iceland can do so on Raspberry Shake website here. My normal seismometer can be viewed here, once it’s back online on the internet. I already have the seismometer it self up and running, but I have some work left until everything is connected again. I also have to wait for a new internet connection in Denmark. I have to wait for that for a while, but I hope to have Danish internet connection by end of June at the latest.
I won’t post this article on social media.
According to the internet company that I did order my internet from in Denmark. I’ll not get an internet connection until 5-July-2022. Until then, updates are going to be limited.
Since moving and everything around it is horribly expensive I need donations to survive the month of June. That allows me to survive the month of June and until my situation starts to get more stable. If you donate by bank, please update your information to the Danish bank account. Thanks for the support. 🙂
I made the chose to go on a little break. While this is just a writing break from activity reports, unless there’s an eruption or a large earthquake. I am going to be on a break until end of January 2022. I need this break, because for the last 12 (close to). I have been writing on this website with almost no breaks, or few short ones at most. Because of increase in activity in Iceland, I now need to increase my breaks between large events, like eruptions or large earthquakes. This gives me to time to recharge my batteries before the next large events start in Iceland.
This also is going to result in that I won’t write about smaller events in Iceland. This is possibly a temporarily solution to make my workload a slightly less and allows me to attend to other projects (that I much need to do). Like write about what is happening in space on my Spacewatch website (that I’ve been neglecting for too long) or write few short stories that I’ve been thinking about for a while and put them up on my Stories of Infinity website. I won’t start writing new stories until I move back to Denmark though.
This article is not going to be published on the social media. Since I am slowly trying to reduce my dependence on social media for a good reason that most people should aware of now what is.
I always hate to write this type of article. But it can’t be helped in my situation. Currently I am broke due to extra cost of buying new hard drives for my main computer so it remained useful and I still have some more hardware to renew and buy in next few months. While I have installed Google Adsense its going to be a while until it starts working for me properly. Since until I am back in Denmark I’ll run it in low mode and I might have to disable it for few weeks so I won’t go over few limits that Google Adsense has until I have moved back to Denmark (complicated reasons I’ll not write about currently).
I hope people can support me and my work here with donations. It helps me keep working on this website and keep everything updated when something happens in Iceland. Thanks for the support.
I have to keep PayPal as it is the only way to let people donate to support my work. I’ll switch to Danish PayPal once I have moved back to Denmark. I don’t know if I am going to have have the monthly donation possibly since that option did only have little usage.
If you are donating with a bank. Please update your donation information to my Danish bank account. Information can be found on my donation website here. The reason for this change is increased economic instability in Iceland with the currency (ISK). That is among many other things has been making my life difficult during the last few months.
Article updated on 13-October-2020 at 02:46 UTC.
Article updated on 14-October-2020 at 03:53 UTC.
I don’t know when it happened and I am sure that due to factors over the years the number isn’t exactly correct. But according to my website counter Iceland geology has now reached 10 million page views. Thanks to all the people that read my work here.
It’s been ten years since I started writing about earthquake activity in Iceland. First articles are from 27th September 2010 as can be seen here. At the beginning I used to call this website Iceland, earthquake and volcano blog if my memory is correct. I changed this to Iceland geology so I would be able to cover all aspects of Iceland if I needed too. Along with other few minor experiments over the years that failed but are recorded into this website history. Over the last 10 years I have only covered four eruptions. This are those eruptions.
Grímsfjall – May 2011 – Major eruption
Katla – July 2011 – Minor eruption
Hamarinn – July 2011 – Minor eruption (same week as Katla volcano minor eruption)
Bárðarbunga – August 2014 to February 2015 – Major eruption
Most of this website lifetime it has been a sub-domain website on my jonfr.com (Icelandic) website. This summer I made the chose to change that as that allows me to do more and to keep it separate from my main website if needed for any reason. I hope that I can continue to write about Icelandic volcanoes and earthquakes for the next ten years, just slightly less broke would also be nice for the next ten years.
I want to thank everyone that has supported my work over the last ten years. It has helped keep me working and keeping this website going for the last ten years when everything seemed impossible.
I have now finished transferring to a new hosting. This once is located in Iceland and has the name 1984.is. This transfer has mostly been trouble free for me but I am switching systems from what I had (cpanel/CentOs) for the last 10 years so some problems are to be expected while I am fine tuning everything. Please report any website problems here.
If you go the website and go to https://www.icelandgeology.net there is a ssl error. This error can be safely ignored. I am not sure on how to resolve this problem for now but I am searching for a solution. Update. This ssl error seems to have been corrected by an update to the ssl certificate. I now see that ‘www’ is included in the ssl certificate and everything should then be working normally.
Webicorders are offline because I need to create subdomain for them and run that from a server that I host at home. Currently that is not possible for me to do. I might be able to resolve this by August at the earliest. I might be able to resolve this by September at the latest’s.
Updated 16-June-2020 at 19:32 UTC.
In June I am moving to a new hosting provider. This is going to save me a lot of money because the new hosting provider (1984.is) is a lot cheaper then my current host provider (Hostdime U.S). This is rather complicated move because I am moving completely new system. This can result in technical problems and downtime. I hope to minimize this but it might not be possible avoid this.
The new hosting provider is located in Iceland and I now only pay $9,91/month (sign-up offer, its $10,75/month from next year) for the hosting compared to $235/month that I have been paying.
The month of May is going to be really difficult for me financially. The reason is the same one as in April. I have to pay the extra tax in Denmark for the year 2019 (two months). The good news is that I have one month left of this payments. The last payment is going to be in June and after that I should be clear of any more tax payments in Denmark. I might have to pay next year (2021) for the 1,5 months I lived in Denmark of the year 2020 but by that time I won’t have this huge amount of payments as I do now so it might be a less of a problem for me to pay it by then.
Current situation is that I am completely broke and have been for several days now. That situation is just bad. I am currently tracking the activity on Reykjanes and Reykjanes peninsula as it develops and changes with time. Along with the usual activity that I monitor in Iceland.
Thanks for the support. 🙂
Update 15th May 2020
Thanks to a donation that I got was able to buy food for several days (I just placed in the small freezer I have) and to take it slightly easier for few days where I live in Iceland. I have resolved the current problem from June in such a way that I hope June, July and August won’t be too bad months for me. I had to delay finishing paying the Danish tax because I was unable to afford finishing paying it in June as I had hoped. That is just how this is for now for me. I hope that by start of next year (2021) I am going to be free of this problem with money. At least for a little while.
Update 27th May 2020
Turns out that June is not going to be better for me because now I also have to pay Icelandic taxes on top of Danish taxes. I don’t know the total taxes I have to pay in Iceland for the year 2019 since that information is not released until 28th of May. I am hoping that July is going to be better but that depends on when I pay the Icelandic tax. I might delaying paying it until 1st of July because I can’t afford this month and one extra day of not paying is not that bad but it gets delay interests on top of the amount that I need to pay. Delaying payment until 1st of July also means that I have to pay double that month. I’ll see how to deal with this problem. Because this is a problem for me.
The good news in all of this financial mess is that I am slowly reconstructing my financial system in such a way that instead of being debt based, they are going to based on what I can afford to pay without getting me self into debt. It is going to take some work to keep and run but it is going to be worth it in my own view.
Update 28th of May 2020
I am now looking into lowering my website hosting costs.
This would mean moving my website to a different type of hosting. I am currently checking to see if I can use WordPress.com hosting platform for this since hosting there only costs $25/month or $300/year. Compared to $235/month ($2820/year) that I am currently paying. The hosting costs is a part of my financial problem and as part of my reconstruction that costs needs to go down from what currently is. I don’t know if I would be able to provide any updates for my webicorders since that setting would not allow for it since that requires a ftp setup and a folder for the html website. I would need to host such website my self at later time.
I am going to move to a VPS hosting (55GBP/month) that is cheaper and add cloudflare account (free or $20/month) to my domain to handle all the traffic spikes I get when a volcano erupts in Iceland.
Turns out that VPS is too small for my websites. What I am going to do is to switch to a cheaper dedicated server located in the UK by July or August. I am also going to start working again because current situation is ridiculous and I cannot maintain this. I didn’t plan on working this summer but this is what I need to do and this is what I am going to do.
This is not a long story. But I had a extra tax bill to pay with Denmark and few other bills and that did result in this and there are still three weeks (almost four) weeks left of April. Donations do help me a lot in keeping this website running. Like many other website and YouTube creators I’ve only been able to keep this website running because of the support I’ve been getting with donations. I had to add advertisement back because I can get some extra income from those even if this are just advertisement from Amazon.
Please remember to support my work if you can. It helps me to eat this month and just doing the normal stuff (there isn’t a lot to do in a small town, but anything helps).
Thanks for the support.
Update 17th April 2020
Since I am getting really few donations in the rest of April is going to get really difficult for me. I don’t know yet how I am going to deal with this problem but I just have to hope that something shows up.
Update 28th April 2020
It is still few days left of April and I’m still broke. I got donations and they helped me to buy food for a day or two. I think that recession following covid-19 is hitting my donations like everyone else that depends on this type of income. I am hoping that May is going to be slightly better for me but its too early to know for sure when this is written. I am hoping to have some type of balance back by June when I finish paying the Danish tax I have to pay for the year 2019. I don’t know if this is the last payment of tax for Denmark, if not then I don’t have to pay anything until the year 2021 as it now is (when the year 2020 tax report is due). After that I won’t pay any more taxes to Denmark because I don’t plan on moving back to Denmark.