As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I’ve decided on a couple of first steps in trying to make LiA self-supporting (at least a little). Please see below the fold…
Update: I’m overwhelmed by the response on the first day – my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed! Some of you didn’t note your username, so all I have is email addresses – and I’m obviously not going to share those. So if you don’t see your name below, that’s why – rest assured I’m grateful. Patreon may be a little scary, it seems, since everyone chose to use Paypal, heh.
That said, here’s the honor roll so far:
- Pocari Sweat and Steven (leading the pack)
- Ronbb (first to contribute)
First things first – thank you to Chris Bennett for pointing me towards Patreon in the comments. I very much like the idea behind that site and I’ve decided to make it a part of what I do here going forward. I’ve set up a site with them, which you can view here.
The basic idea behind Patreon is pretty simple – you find a creator you like, you support them on a per-creation basis (a blog post, a song, a video, whatever). You pledge whatever you want (a penny, a dollar, anything) for every item they create. In practical terms, that means every time I post content on Lost in America, those pledges kick in.
What I really like about Patreon is that they’ve set up a pretty diverse artistic community in a short time (the founder, Jack Conte, is a very cool guy with an interesting story) and that it works great for anyone who wants to support the site on an ongoing basis. For example:
- Let’s say you want to pledge $5 a month to support LiA (or any other creator). You can pledge .10 a post, a buck, whatever – but when you create the pledge you simply cap it at $5 a month. That means when I’ve created enough posts to reach the cap, your pledge stops for that month. And if you want to stop for good, you just cancel the pledge.
The only major drawback I see here is that you have to join Patreon if you want to pledge – though that’s easy enough to do, and they take Paypal, all major CCs, etc. for donations.
- Shout-outs to everyone who supports. I think this is a no-brainer.
- Maybe a guest post for the top contributor every month – assuming they want to do one?
- Reader requests for the top contributors – stuff they want to see a post about.
- Truth or Dare (geh-heh)
Really, the sky’s the limit here – that, and the fact that I have a finite amount of time so this sort of thing has to be realistic. Let me know what you think might work.