I so do not have time to talk about this in any depth right now but I think success on #Patreon has way more to do with what you do outside of Patreon than how you configure your rewards.
The steps go:
1) do the work
2) give people a reason to support you in it
3) ensure they know you exist
4) make it easy for them to give you money
Patreon is step 4).
For me step 2) involves putting my work online for free, and step 3) is mostly demo recordings, which I have been v v lax about recently.
I'm going to be super duper busy with PhD stuff and other deadlines until at least December 2018, and probably pretty exhausted after that and still fairly busy with PhD stuff until August 2019.
This means I may go very quiet on here without warning, and it means I can't realistically take on any new projects, commitments, collaborations and so on.
I compose sacred and secular choral music, and put it online under a CC by-SA license so choirs can sing it for free!
Publishers won't touch my work because I won't let them prohibit photocopying, so I need support from people like you.
My Patreon is http://www.patreon.com/artsyhonker
I have other options for people who prefer them:
Thank you so much!
#FocusTime is a structure for companiable support with getting stuff done -- work or side projects or admin or whatever you find difficult to stick with.
The basic structure is: ten minutes of checking-in and planning at the top of the hour, then 50 minutes of actually doing things, repeated for up to 3 hours.
More on the structure, plus an example:
I expect I'll be using this hashtag a lot, so you may wish to mute it if it's boring to you. I will CW my toots though.
covid-19, asking for advice, tetanus vaccination
So. I haven't had a tetanus booster shot for... literally decades. Not even sure I completed standard childhood course.
My allotment turns out to be made mostly of rusting sheet metal and hidden broken glass. I'm wearing gloves and good boots there, but there's still a good chance of a serious puncture wound.
It's also one of the hobbies I can actually *do* while doing social distancing.
My GP receptionist all but laughed at me when I asked about getting a tetanus jab.
But tetanus is seriously bad, and I neither want to need ICU treatment nor be additional ICU load in the next few months. I feel like getting a booster would be the responsible course of action here.
Private jab will be £52 (OK fine) and I'll have to take public transport to get there (not fine). My spouse is high-risk for COVID-19 complications.
Do I do it?
Compline livestream (religion, covid-19)
I'll be livestreaming Compline again tonight at 8pm GMT. I think I've fixed the problem that made last time so buffery.
Please join me if you want to. We may not be able to gather, but we can still pray together.
(It's a Christian service, but you don't have to be Christian to join in.)
covid-19, fundraising, food mention
So, my church has suspended all services and activities -- except the Soup Kitchen, which is now being operated on a take-away basis to reduce risks. And we are working to make sure the local food bank can continue to operate.
More info: https://sjebp.com/covid-19/
People who send out stickers as #Patreon rewards:
do you print them yourself, or get them printed by a sticker service that also sends them out, or what?
I would like to know.
Here's a hymn tune I wrote in memory of another organist. We sang it at my church for the Dedication Festival in early December.
Attached: robots singing, it won't let me attach that and the screenshot of the melody so I'll include that in my next toot. PDF of harmony is available at the blog post and on CPDL.
I feel like it's long past time for a radical #leftist organization that represents the interests of the #neurodiverse working class. Capitalism's hierarchy of productivity means that we are inevitably, unavoidably, and directly screwed over, regularly moving from job to job trying to find anything we can do and can bear - if we can even work. Yet our voices are so rarely heard in radical spheres
If you're neurodiverse and interested in organizing something like this, send a reply or DM. It's way too early for me to announce anything, so for now I'm just gauging support. If you're neurotypical, please boost
HEY ARTISTS and general people who are looking for creative opportunities -->
i'm sharing what might be my life's work, which is a spreadsheet of almost 400 places that hold regular open calls for residencies, shows, and funding
y'all deserve this and we gotta take care of each other. apply to things and get that support:
real talk, finances, poll, please boost
After I submit this dissertation, I need to spend some time -- maybe a couple of years -- focusing pretty hard on turning many streams of my work into streams that bear income (or more income).
I would like to be reasonably open about this process, but I'm also a little wary of putting people off.
Should I talk about this:
Anyway, if you have ideas, let me know. I guess "post about it more" is a step I should follow but I suspect being a bit more strategic will be necessary.
Had a conversation with my dad yesterday and we touched on what I'm going to do after the PhD.
I mentioned that if I can get roughly ten times as many patrons (http://www.patreon.com/artsyhonker ) I can probably actually make a living. He said he has no idea how I get from here to there.
Neither do I. The truth is my work is niche and only appeals to a small set of people.
But figuring this out becomes a priority, as soon as the PhD is done.
I am *exceedingly* pleased with how much Focusmate.com helps me with concentration and executive function.
If you also work better with company and accountability and structure, you might find it helpful too.
If you like the nonbinary crossbow, stickers, and shirts, you can now buy these things from my Redbubble!
@bignose two mastodon instances for musicians:
Mastodon.ART — Your friendly creative home on the Fediverse! Interact with friends and discover new ones, all on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free. Admin: @Curator. Moderators: @EmergencyBattle, @ScribbleAddict, @TapiocaPearl, @Otherbuttons, @katwylder