Blogging, Patreon, Life: Thinking About Things…Publicly!

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I originally posted the following on Google+, but I decided to crosspost it here to get input from folks who are subscribed to this blog.  Anywhoodles:

So, Patreon.  In the last week or so, I’ve been giving serious thought to using it, partly because my look back at my blogging work in 2014 made me realize how much attention has been diverted from it and partly because I know why so much of my attention has been diverted away from it:  financially, I have to work more just to meet basic needs (which aren’t looking good this year, by the way — thanks to having a job which doesn’t provide dental!).  So, last year, I taught more classes to cover expenses (and to make it so I could travel a little bit) and to get some things I really need (honestly, having a car has made a lot of things in my life a lot easier).  So the blog got shoved back a bit.  I had the podcasting thing.  The blog could hold off.  The closest thing I had to “funding” this kind of thing was my trip to London for Worldcon. 

But I actually like blogging.  I like talking about sf/f movies and books.  When I’m not worried about work or unexpected medical bills, I’m excited to talk about the things that I love.  I just wish I could do more of that and less of the stuff that stresses me out. 

As such, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can correct this.  To reduce my teaching load so I can spend more time doing what I find produces less stress.  And right now, I’m seriously considering Patreon.  Not just for blogging, but for podcasting, too (not The Skiffy and Fanty Show, though; different stuff).  Creating content = yes, please. 

I suppose this is a kind of weird way to probe the folks who follow me on G+ on what they think of the idea.  If using that could mean producing more content (on my blog, on my G+ — in blog or podcast form (or both)), would you consider supporting it?  Or is this just a really bad idea?

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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