…….and what I have planned there. A lot of thinking went on behind it, long before I even really understood what Patreon was about. And the more I learned about it, the more I observed on other pages, the more I realized that this could work for me.
A little over a year ago, I decided that I wanted to write a column, so I contacted a local on-line zine. They were eager to have me on-board……with one catch. It was not a paid position. Still, I was more interested in the process as a challenge than anything else, so I let that slide. Then, of course, I started seeing stories about writers not getting paid for their work, whether it’s from small publishing houses or Pulitzer prize winning newspapers.
And that got me to re-think the column I was writing.
No one sees the work I put into my writing, except my cat and he’s usually asleep. If I’m going to write for free, then I’m going to write for myself. I actually turned down offers of having a by-line from another global news site because they don’t offer compensation, other than ‘exposure to a wider audience’.
If people want my stories, then I need to be paid for the work that went into them.
I know my worth. Know yours. Whatever your passion is, whatever you’re creative and artistic form is, know that you deserve to be paid for your time and effort. Granted, if it’s a volunteer situation, such as community or college theater, that’s one thing. But don’t ever sign onto a job that expects you to work for free.
You deserve more and better.
And so do I.
So, if you’d like to view my Patreon site, you can follow this link. I am excited to see how this site develops. 🙂