After I shot this video and the Patreon cleared away the “Congrats You Launched” page you see above, I realized most of you who follow this blog on RSS or via email won’t see this until Derby Day, not today, Kentucky Oaks Day.
Yup. I launched my Patreon page on Kentucky Oaks Day 2019.
Anyway, after years of MacGuyer telling me about Patreon, because he’s a fan of founder Jack Conte’s musical duo Pamplemouse, I finally figured out what I’d like to do with a Patreon page.
To be clear and not cast MacGuyver in an unsupportive light, he wasn’t hinting all that time, but he knew I wanted validation as a writer and artist, plus I dreamed what I did would have enough value for people to pay me for it.
I’d always known I’d launch a page if I could figure out what I could offer.
Why a Patreon page now?
Part of it is to get started under the line before the new iteration of Patreon launches in a few days. I wanted to be part of the original system.
It is true that the deadline made me think harder about what I could do and offer. Frankly, deadlines make my teeth itch and give me anxiety. Deadlines have caused me and other creative friends to cut corners. I realize deadlines are a fact of life, publishing, and news, but sometimes the results aren’t pretty and content consumers may not suffer, but they feel unsatisfied.
As a consumer myself, I know that feeling all too well.
Another reason why I started a Patreon, MacGuyver will be retiring in a few years. True, he and I both want me to have creative freedom, but I also want to help keep our lights on both here on the blogs and at home.
And — something I haven’t told anyone else — I need to work around my social media addiction. I’m terribly dependent on Facebook. My thinking is, with a Patreon page, if I’m paid to produce content to share with people, I can avoid Facebook a bit better and be more constructive with my time.
Important stuff to know
I have no plans to close this blog in the near future.
Frankly, I did think about combing my two websites. But that’s not for a while yet.
Accessing The Horsey Set Net here will always be free.
I’ll repeat myself: accessing The Horsey Set Net here will always be free. Even if I move it to my other site, I’ll always be free.
If I’ve messed up my priorities, I’ll happily blame “deadlines.”
I hope you’ll consider joining the party over there. Frankly, you won’t miss anything over here if you don’t, but I’m kind of using a Patreon page as a glorified tip jar.
Enjoy 2019 Derby weekeend, or as they say in “Lou-uh-vul:” “Have a good Derby!”