Saturday, 16 January 2077

Support The Wertzone on Patreon

STICKIED POST

After much debate (and some requests) I have signed up with crowdfunding service Patreon to better support future blogging efforts. You can find my Patreon page here and more information after the jump.




What is Patreon?

Patreon is a crowdfunding site that allows people to support their favourite bloggers, authors, artists and creators, from as little as $1 a month.

What do people get out of it?

The writer gets financial support. In my case, this will allow me to spend more time blogging and writing and delivery more content to a higher standard. In the contributor's case, they get exclusive or earlier access to material.

What more stuff will you be able to do?

I'll be able to devote funds to buying new PC equipment like cameras and mikes to move into video blogging (it's where the cool kids are these days), with a video version of The History of Epic Fantasy at some point. I'll also have the time to pursue The History of Science Fiction, which lots of people have asked for. That's an absolutely massive project and would only be viable if I could dedicate full-time work to it.

I'll also be able to attend more events, meet more authors and writers and expand the range of content on the blog.

Wait, does this mean supporters get stuff normal readers don't?

In my case, no. Patreon supporters will get early access to my next blogging series, Cities of Fantasy, with each article to be published on Patreon one month before it is published on the Wertzone. Everything that appears on Patreon will appear either on the Wertzone or Atlas of Ice and Fire, if a few days or weeks later.

I like the idea of supporting you, but not on a monthly basis. Can I make a one-off contribution?

Absolutely! You can use the Wertzone tipjar account to make donations via PayPal. I've moved the tipjar into a more prominent position in the top-right of the blog to help with that.

10 comments:

PJW said...

I've wanted to support a number of projects on patron for a while but have been put off because, last time I checked, if you're from the UK you have to pay a charge with every payment for it to be converted to dollars. Do you know if that's the case still? If it's not then I can get on the case to support this blog and a money of other projects I follow.

Anonymous said...

Just as a note I'd expect a lot of your readers to be on mobile. Blogspot doesn't seem to have a responsive mode (just 'desktop' or 'mobile') and the PayPal button isn't displaying on mobile. Not sure if you can change that in settings.

Adam Whitehead said...

I cycle my Patreon payments through Paypal, where the charge is pretty much negligible (and I have to pay it at at my end, I think), so that shouldn't be an issue. Actually, since the pound fell a lot post-Brexit, right now is the best the exchange rate to the dollar has been for years.

I didn't consider that issue with Blogger showing up on Mobile. Argh.

FearStreet said...

Saturday, 16 January 2077 -->

I believe the post is written on 16/01/2017 & not on "16/01/2077".

Please do the correction.

Warm regards,
XeroFearstreet

Adam Whitehead said...

That's how you sticky posts on Blogger, so no. This stays up here until I'm 98 :)

FearStreet said...

Oh... "sticky post", got it my friend...
:)

Chilly Willy said...

The sticky post is a little confusing as I have been checking in daily thinking there is no new content .

Adam Whitehead said...

It's not the most elegant solution (unlike WordPress, Blogger doesn't have a just "STICKY POST" feature), but it is the best way of getting attention to the Patreon page. If I can find a better solution I'll look into that.

Thanks for your support everyone.

Anonymous said...

I was under the same impression as Chilly Willy until I read these comments

Anonymous said...

How about doing a blog post about the popularity of Chinese fantasy in the West? Your reader base might find it interesting.


The genre has millions of English readers (3 years ago, it was 0 reader base) and the fan translation website even purchase the copyrights from the Chinese publisher for 20 novels.

It is also raising money to buy more copyrights.

patreon user name renwoxing

1,059
patrons
$14,564
per month

(Deathblade is a translator that probably has a monthly donation in excess of $10,000)
patreon user name 3109706

1,948
patrons