So… I’m going to admit, right up front, that I’m nervous about this Patreon thing. I’ve spent so long trying to do things the “right” way, that this feels odd. However, I feel like I need this.
As I said in my intro, writing and crafting are my passion. They’re what I love to do. Honestly, I like crafting more, but I’ve found that I can get a lot of satisfaction from writing too, so long as I’m not forcing myself into uncomfortable restraints, which is what I’ve been doing for a while now. It really sucked the joy out of my work.
I loved working for the paid writing sites back in the day, but they all shut down. I actually felt really good about writing for my own site too, until Google smacked me, and thousands of other bloggers, with ridiculous algorithms that tanked our ranks and viewership. At first I persevered, learning all that I could, and writing the way I thought Google wanted. Unfortunately, views just kept dropping. I watched views reduce to saddening numbers, and income along with it. Lately, writing is a painful chore, and no matter how good I feel about the topic, forcing myself to write in the new format is difficult on the best of days. Add to that the fact that Google announced intent to make itself an “answer engine”, and things feel really bleak.
You folks can help change that though. With your support, I can write in my own style, the style that made me a steady income on those writing sites and garnered me hundreds of fans. I can write without trying to shoehorn ads and links into every paragraph. I can just write good content, knowing that your monthly donations are going to make it worthwhile.
You see, I don’t want handouts, I simply want to be paid fairly for all my hard work. Isn’t that what we all want? It makes perfect sense that when you work hard,you want to get paid for it. That’s what I’m after. I’m willing to research, learn and put in the time and effort to write good content. I’m willing to sit and suffer the cramped fingers, cuts and burns that come with crafting all day. I love all of that stuff, so long as there’s a paycheck on the other side of it.
For the last year, I’ve been doing all that work, plus keeping up the site and social media accounts, dealing with a life that gets harder by the day,and doing it at a loss. With you folks at my side, putting in your monthly donations, I can do what I love for real money. I get to build the life I’ve always wanted, and you get to watch me grow, be part of my life, and reap the rewards of my work.
My ultimate goal is to pull at least $2k per month for my work. That work will include blogging, crafting items for the shop, hopefully writing a new book, and whatever else comes along. What I really need is to save up enough to get a reliable vehicle, and get out of this trashy part of Texas. I want to go home to Maine, but I’d be satisfied with getting into a safe home that’s not falling apart, and have enough money for my husband, myself, and our pets to survive on, with a little to spare.
Life has been pretty dark lately, but I’m hopeful that with your donations and your support, I can build a better life where working hard pays well, and I can see a brighter future on the horizon.