The best career advice to give to the young is, ‘Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.’ -Katharine Whitehorn
I have a really hard time asking for money, especially when it comes to things that I enjoy doing. For some reason, my gut instinct is to say “Sure, I’m working hard, but it’s work I enjoy doing, so the work is its own reward! Why would I want to be paid for it?”
This is a stupid approach. It’s really stupid considering how much I believe that you should find a job that you enjoy doing.
So… I’m accepting the fact that even though I enjoy writing funny stories and it’s a lot of fun for me, it is work and it’s a thing I work hard at doing, so maybe I should be able to make money doing it?
God, I’m so uncomfortable right now…
Here’s the thing: This blog will always be free, and I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of ads or paid posts. Whenever I see advertisements anywhere, I’m annoyed. I don’t want them before my videos, I don’t want them in the middle of my tv shows, I don’t want to see them when I’m driving on the freeway. None of it. So why would I want them on my blog?
I’ve thought about asking people to advertise their blogs here on my blog, but then I think to myself “Eh, I just want to list those for free because I love them, not because they paid me.”
But I also think that writers should be paid. I think creative people should be paid. I am a writer and a creative person. And I work hard at what I do, but I also think that the only way I want to be rewarded for that is because people also like what I do. So… I found Patreon.
Patreon is basically a way for you to support the creative people whose work you enjoy. It’s like Kickstarter, but continuous, and if you choose to support me as a writer, you’ll get special perks outside of this blog – like a book recommendation from me, a cute picture of my dog thanking you personally, a live q&a session with me, or even a crocheted critter.
And if I reach my goal, I can create even more funny content for you guys. I can tell you even more funny stories, and the more funny stories I tell, the better I’ll get at telling them, and together we will make this blog even better – all because of you and your support. I have big dreams to take this blog and this community further, but I can’t accomplish them alone.
Now, you don’t have to do this. You don’t have to pay me a dime. Even if I never make any money, I’ll keep writing this blog and I’ll keep writing stories because it’s something that I love to do, but if you think that creative types deserve to be paid for what they do, I urge you to at least consider it.
Are you a creative person on Patreon? Share your work and your Patreon link in the comments below because I’m not just looking to be supported, but I’m looking for more people to support!
Now go forth and do the thing!