I actually get this question a lot, why don’t I have a Patreon account set up so I can beg for money like pretty much everyone else on the Internet does? I’ve gotten it here, I’ve gotten it on my other blog, I get it on my YouTube channel and I’ve even gotten it on the now defunct podcast. Why, on why don’t I want money like everyone else?
Well, I’ll tell you.
Now I’ve been doing this a long, long time, the blog just turned 11 in December, the podcast ran more than 100 episodes, I’m no newcomer to content creation but I have never once asked anyone for any money, no donations, no support, no nothing. My reasons for this are numerous. First, I write for me, not profit. I write because I enjoy writing, I have something I want to say and I don’t need to be rewarded for expressing my opinion. I have a full-time job, I don’t need constant validation for saying what I say, I’m only too happy to say it for free. It might be different if I had massive server bills to pay, but I don’t, my costs for virtually all of my online activities is less than $100 a year and paying that out of pocket is no problem. I just don’t need the money. Secondly, and I’m just being honest here, if I was getting paid to write, I’d be writing whatever brought in the most money, whether I agreed with it or not. That’s not what I want to do. I think a lot of people out there just say things because lots of people will pull out the credit card if they say it. They are looking for popularity and validation and a lot of people are quitting their day jobs so they can sit home and make YouTube videos all day. Sure, if I was going to do that, I’d want to get paid too, but I’d be looking for the biggest and most affluent customer base, not people who care about what I have to say. I say what I say and do what I do and don’t give a damn if anyone likes it or not. I would never work in that kind of donation-based economy. Finally, we call know that the only way to make money is to have a built-in audience of people who agree with you. I don’t. I know my views are in the minority. I’m not changing my views and probably nobody else is either, so it’s all a waste of time. Why bother begging under those circumstances? My blog has never had millions of hits, my podcast never had thousands of listeners and my YouTube channel doesn’t get tons of views. So what? I say what I want to say, people who want to listen do, people who don’t, don’t and everyone is happy. I get things off my chest, which is what I really want, people who are of a similar mindset get to hear what I have to say and those who are not can safely ignore me. It doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit. I’m going to continue producing content whether people pay me or not. Sure, if you really want to donate to me, I’m not going to turn you down, but your donation isn’t going to change my content onebit. I have no business model because this isn’t a business. This is a hobby. I don’t pretend I ought to make money from a hobby. I wish more people in the world felt the same way.