DAY SEVENTEEN

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So there is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. And I just want to ask you guys what you think about it. I’ve been thinking about signing up to Patreon, now Patreon is a website where fans of a thing eg this blog, can pledge money every month to help support that thing. Kind of like how you used to get patrons who supported artists and stuff. I’m not explaining this very well.

The thing is I have so many ideas for blog posts and stuff I want to do, I want to start making youtube videos again, I want to do a big series to help people getting started with blogging, I have a bunch of ideas about fanfiction type posts. I have this massive series planned about stuff to do in Scotland. And so many more ideas, seriously you would drown in post-it notes if you saw them all. But all this costs money, and I don’t have much money.

I really hate bringing my illness into this but its the truth. I can’t work because of the CFS. Everything would be so much easier if I could just go out and get a job, but I can’t, I have problems getting a blog post out every day, I can’t go work a 9 to 5 job. As much as I would like to.

So I thought instead I could sign up to Patreon and ask that if anyone enjoys this blog and wants to see it grow, maybe they could help by paying a few dollars a month. But I know that this is controversial and it annoys people and I’m not even going to get into the whole ‘should bloggers be paid to blog’ stuff. But I thought I should ask you guys and see what you think of this, considering you know, it would be you guys that I ask for help.

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33 Responses to “DAY SEVENTEEN”

  1. MidnightBanshi

    Since you mentioned making videos for YouTube, they do have an option to where you can get paid by monetizing your videos. There is information on their site on how to do this, and there are people who make some bucks at it, depending on how good and interesting the content on your channel is. May be worth looking into anyway.

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    • bluchickenninja

      I actually have monetization turned on for the few youtube videos I have made. Only problem is to make money from youtube you need thousands and thousands of views. I’ve had monetization turned on for over a year now and I make about 10p a month!

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  2. kthrog

    I support this. Blogging takes so much time, and I think that for those who want to spend a working week’s amount of time doing it should be able to profit from it if they’re producing content people appreciate. I think I’d rather pay a few dollars than see a bunch of ads. Go for it, Emma!

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  3. shinyoliver

    Bloggers who are worth the time should absolutely be paid to blog. We pay journalists. We pay “Dear Amy” writers. We pay critics. We pay stand-up comedians. Blogging is at least as noble a profession as any of those, more noble than some of them, and–in some cases–the noblest of the batch.

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  4. jimgormanjr

    It is a good idea. There is a cartoonist that does a daily web comic I follow, and very much enjoy. I donate $1 a month to him. that may not seem like much, but he has so many followers/donators that it supports him without having to have another job. I say go for it.

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    • bluchickenninja

      Yeah, I think I’m going to try it. What harm can it do. I’m really not looking for a huge amount but even if I could pay for my domain and the associated fees I would be happy. To be honest if I only got a couple of people paying $1 each I would be happy.

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  5. gruundehn

    I am of two minds on this. I have supported some on Patreon but like so many others money in tight so I cannot subscribe to all the sites I would want to. I do click on ads when I find the subject interesting and I do buy books or other products when I can. My own blog is presently ad free and product free. When I get around to moving to my own site that will probably change. But I support the idea of you wanting to get paid for your time; after all, “the laborer is worthy of his hire.”

    However, the other side is that since money is tight for me I have to be careful of where I spend my money. And I may not support you through Patreon even though I enjoy your posts merely due to that lack of money. So, if I don’t, please do not take it personally.

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    • bluchickenninja

      Oh yeah I know money is tight for everyone. I don’t expect every single person who follows this blog to donate. Everything I do/ make will be freely available for everyone no matter if they donate or don’t.

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      • gruundehn

        Which is why I haven’t moved to another site yet. Yes, I know that they can be had quite inexpensively but I have heard too many complaints about the quality of service. But I do want to get more response to my rants and have some serious discussions and I think that a personal site, not one that is part of WordPress or any other blog site, is the way to go with that. I might even put some of my novel writings on the site, if I ever finish more than one. But the option to pay would be part of that, not a pay-to-visit but like you are suggesting, voluntary donations through Patreon or ads or whatever.

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        • bluchickenninja

          Yeah I know what you mean. I had a look at changing blog host or maybe even having my own self hosted WordPress blog. Even though with a self hosted blog I could put ads on it, it still ends up cheaper using WordPress.com and paying for the domain name and custom design and all that stuff. Also just because you have ads on your blog doesn’t mean you will have enough traffic to make anything from it.

  6. Nadine

    Because I love the look of your blog, I wonder if you have given any thought to offering your design services to help other bloggers do a bit of polishing…

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    • bluchickenninja

      I have though about it. To be honest its part of the reason why I’m doing graphic design just now. Designing stuff for myself is different to working with clients and I still feel I don’t quite know enough to go offering my design services.

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      • Nadine

        I’m glad it might be an area of interest. If I ever get my veggie website developed, I’ll check back and see if you want to try a ‘review and tweak’ service!

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  7. PatDowArt

    I think you should do it. I wanted to try out patreon myself, but I feel like my following isn’t that high.

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