Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!
Ever wonder how Da Vinci and the renowned artists of the Renaissance period made a living? I’m sure that works such as the Sistine Chapel and the Mona Lisa took a lot of time and effort to finish. It also cost them the supplies they needed for their projects. On top of that, they had to feed themselves.
2020 was the year I decided to pursue blogging full-time. It is not the smartest of choices, but it is the one that works. I never expected any of this. I am nothing but a simple man who loves to write about what he’s thinking. I was nothing special; I was not even satisfactory – I was not expecting anyone to read it. I did, however, tirelessly work on honing my craft. Deep inside, all I wanted was to create something beneficial. I write my story in hopes that it could inspire somebody out there. All I wanted was to tell a story.
Then COVID arrived and the threat of becoming homeless – I decided to monetize the blog. Given my situation, I ought to do something about it. So, despite the lack of experience, I signed up for a Patreon account.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a membership platform that makes it effortless for creators like me to get paid. It is a way for me to get paid doing what I love doing, writing! It is a means for me to pay my bills, and for you to become a bonafide patron of the arts. Yes, you become the reason for me to make a living doing what I do.
Now, what is in it for you? Why should you sign up? What do you get for becoming a patron?
As much as I wanted to tell you that it’s me, Mr. A, charming, dashing, and impeccable, that would not cut it. What I am offering is my tremendous work ethic and a part of creative control over the blog.
If you are curious, here are my offerings.
Official Patron ($1) – My official patron tier, you get to be part of my generous patrons. You get access to my Patreon feed, plus my undying gratitude. PS. This includes my selfies!
Q&A Patron ($3) – I am sure some of you enjoy my titillating TMIs, so I created a tier just for that. Be part of my monthly question and answer sessions. Who knows, if I could get enough funding, this might evolve into a live Q&A sess.
All-Access Patron ($5) – Exclusive content is all the rage these days, and I am jumping on the bandwagon. I am offering exclusive content. Get access to content you cannot get in the blog; take a sneak-peek into my writing process.
VIP Patron ($10) – I am giving you the power to choose the content you want to see. Be part of my monthly poll and get to decide which topic I write. I was not kidding when I told you that I am giving away some creative control.
Special Request Patron ($15) – Yep, I am not kidding! Want me to write something specific, or you want to challenge me to something? In this tier, your wish is my command! I am giving you the power to make requests!
Shout out Patron ($20) – Become the ultimate patron. Get included in the credit section of all my posts. I will even include a link if you have one. I will dedicate all my posts to you as my ultimate display of gratitude.
Now, you might be thinking, where would your money go?
It goes into paying the bills and creating more content! But most important of all, it allows me to afford a more solid health care. I have been thinking carefully about this; 2020 certainly is a wake-up call – I have to focus on our health. A stable income in Patreon will allow me to afford a much greater health premium. It will allow me to pay the bills and send my daughter to school by doing what I love – writing.
In the past, someone called me out for asking others to pay my bills. But here is the thing, writing is a legitimate job. It is as valid as any job or art. I am not asking you to pay my bills; I am asking you if you could be interested in a product – my writing. It is not a luxury; it is my sustenance.
If you want to become a patron, it is entirely non-committal and extremely fun!
Again, I would like to thank you for this incredible opportunity!
To courage, freedom, and 2021!
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