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.
Brexit, petition to remain in EU Show more
Is this really stalled at ~2.2 million?
neurodiversity take, long thread Show more
this was long overdue
disclaimer: i have no problem with anyone using labels they find useful and are entitled to - i want to explain my choices, not prescribe them; this will be impassionate and full of strong opinions; if you're a mental health professional, this may offend you; if you respond with bullshit, be prepared to be made an example of
personally i avoid using psychopathological labels, and prefer to describe my challenges explicitly instead
Remember the people who put cat pictures in all the advertising space in a Tube station for a week?
They have a couple of one-year job openings in London:
uk politics, brexit, alcohol Show more
Brexit despair drinking game:
2) ...that's it.
Patreon crowdfunding, a link to a new song, general "OneDollarPatreon" stuff etc. Consider sharing? Show more
Right, another incredible "so far mix" of one of the 2019 album songs if here for any Patreon backers:
And if you're not a Patreon backer, consider becoming one, you get some ridiculous amount of music for signing up, and I will be releasing music until my untimely/timely death, so there's always new bits!
Article on burnout; mental health. Show more
Getting Toasty: Observations on Burnout - Angersock
Request from a reader:
Are there good free open alternatives to Google's #recaptcha?
It is very difficult to avoid recaptchas as so many sites seem to rely on them. It would be nice to have alternatives people could suggest to websites.
finances and arts work, stress Show more
What this means in practice is probably that after the PhD is done I will do a patron drive or two, and then at the start of the new financial year I will look for a part-time dayjob. :-(
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I've been getting stressed recently because I'm approaching the end of my PhD. When I finish, I need to start earning better.
My goal is: in the first financial year after my PhD, earn enough money to pay income tax.
That's at least quadruple my current earnings.
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A composer I have never heard of e-mailed me the other day and is wondering about "making a living composing online".
Part of me wants to charge him a big consultancy fee, but most composers can't afford that. I certainly couldn't!
But it also makes me think: what makes anyone think I am earning anything close to "a living" here? My income from *all* sources last year was less than my share of rent. I am only surviving because of my spouse's dayjob.
UK politics, Brexit, tonight's HoC vote Show more
May's #Brexit deal was just defeated in the House of Commons, 391 votes to 242. (149 majority.)
Tomorrow they vote on whether to leave the EU without a deal, and if that's a no too then they vote on Thursday on whether to try to delay Brexit and buy more time, I think?
Brexit day is 29th March, 2 weeks and 3 days from today.
I cannot find a thing I read and keep thinking of.
It was a description of communication styles, regarding saving face vs. being direct, centered around how /not/ to tell your neighbor that his cow is in your yard. I thought it was written by Seanan McGuire. I completely can't find it. Does anyone else know this one?
I want to share something I feel very attached to and that is the firestarter community magazine.
It is a artist magazine focusing on community, events, interviews and learning. It's a very good project and the magazines are made free to be downloaded again. To keep this is the magazine needs much more support and attention.
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