As I mentioned in my New Year's update, a few readers have asked if there's a way to financially support the link posts and blog in general. This post explains how that is possible! So if you are interested in hearing about that, read on. If not, this is what you need to know: the reader experience won't change; posts aren't going behind a paywall or anything.
For those unfamiliar with the site: Patreon is a service that lets individual small donors band together to support creators with monthly pledges. It's sort of like crowdfunding on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, except it's for ongoing work rather than a time-limited project. You pledge whatever amount per month you want and from your end it's a recurring automatic payment, like you might have set up for the New York Times or Netflix or something. From my end, once a month I get a payment from Patreon for what was given that month by my patrons.
And based on the amount you give, you get rewards! (They stack, so at each level you also get all the rewards from the previous levels.) They're all detailed on my page, but a few examples: for $1 you get a thank you and monthly updates on what I'm working on. Anyone giving $5 a month or more gets a newsletter with bonus links and other content that didn't make the blog. The $10 level also gets my Pop Culture Diary of what I'm reading/watching/listening to and how I feel about it. And so on. (You can change your pledge amount easily at any time; I am a patron of some people and have done this successfully with no problems!) I've also set up some milestone goals for things I will be able to afford to write/post when the total amount per month hits certain benchmarks - everything from book reviews to commissioning guest posts.
Questions? Let me know! Want to read more about this or sign up? Click here!