Donations make up a quarter of my income
If I understand correctly, the food on your table comes from contract work and donations? How big part of your income comes from the games and what comes from contract work? I looked into the first twelve months I've had the donation page up, and compared it to my income in the same period: the answer is 25%. So it is a significant portion of my income. There's nothing more precious to me than having time to explore what I want at the moment, and aligning this with client work is often tricky, because clients need practical problems resolved. Nothing bad to say about clients, well chosen clients bring good practical problems in alignment to your current areas of interest and are a blessing. Every time I receive a donation, I say out loud "Thank you". Each donation is for me like a vote of confidence, and that person is granting me not only the means to carve some time for myself, it also infuses meaning into what I do. So donations are not really a quarter of my income, they are a source of meaning and time for playing, creating and enjoying life, and that's much more valuable than the slice of the pie that it represents.