Today, I'm launching my Patreon campaign, an opportunity for you to support my writing financially through a small monthly pledge. I've been writing on this website for six years, and I've never tried to make money off of it through ads, sponsorships, or any other means. But the reality is that this sort of work isn’t free. I put a great deal of time, energy, and money into this website, and I think it’s gotten to a point where it can become self-sustaining.
This decision was brought about my a couple of major factors. First of all, I feel like the blog is in a really good place in terms of content and following. I think that it provides enough value to enough people for it it pay for itself. I could be wrong, but I have a lot of confidence in what I’ve created and in the people who support it. Also, I’m getting married soon, which has caused me to rethink my personal finances. While it’s not a big deal for me as a single person to pour lots of money into my writing hobby, it’ll be a different story once I have a family. I’d like to set the blog up for future success by getting it to a self-sustaining point now rather than having to worry about how I’m going to keep it going later.
Which is where you come in. If you enjoy reading my articles each week and feel like they enrich your life, I’d like to ask that you consider supporting my writing financially. I understand that that’s a lot to ask, and I don’t expect that everyone who reads on a regular basis will have the means to give. But it doesn't cost much to take part, and every bit counts. If you’re able and would like to help make this blog all that it can be so that it can be enjoyed by as many people as possible, I’d really appreciate your support.
I’ve created a couple of reward tiers to make it worth your while, and if you have other ideas for ways I can make being a patron the best experience possible, I’d love to hear them. I really want this to be a way for me to connect on an even deeper level with those of you who choose to lend their support.
So thank you for reading, thank you for your support thus far, and thank you for your consideration of this new way of getting involved. And to those who decide to give, I’d like to offer an extra-special thanks. It means the world to me that so many people have chosen to take part in this little project I started so long ago, and I am so excited to see where it goes! That’s all for now. I’ll see you Tuesday for our regularly-scheduled program.