I Would Do This for Free

May 31, 2015

I just set up a Patreon.com page. If you haven’t heard of it yet, patreon is a service that allows content creators, artists, and musicians to accept the generosity of their adoring public (that’s you).

The concept mirrors the ideal that Amanda Palmer talked about in her awesome TED Talk. Do what you do for love, then ask for help. I suspect that this idea is as old as art, but AFP puts a new spin on it by making it distributed.

So what the heck, I thought. My mother-in-law has been asking us to put up a donation button for the longest time. We resisted because it felt like selling inspiration (a gift that we believe can only be given freely). Then patreon gave me another way to look at it. I’m asking for your help so I can write more. So I can take my writing seriously, and so I can provide an opportunity to make a (possibly) more meaningful connection than simply consuming what I write.


I’m not going to start charging for blog posts. That would be ridiculous. I’m not even going to mention this again. I’m going to just quietly put a tiny little link at the top of the page and see what happens.


You’ll have the opportunity to message me directly, tell me what you think, influence the creative process! I might even post some special “patron-only” exclusives.   Patrons will be my VIPs, and where else will you get VIP status for a buck a month?

So there’s the pitch. Rock on up to the top of the page, or click here to become a patron.


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