Be A Patron…Of This Blog!

I have many cats to feed - like this one.
I have many cats to feed – like this one.

I’ve decided to join Patreon.

So, I work part time. I work like 27 hours on a normal week. Sometimes I do overtime, but mostly I just do those 27 hours. And I don’t get paid much. I got minimum wage until this month, and I currently get an extra nine pence on top of that.

£6.79.

Sometimes I work my ass into the ground doing overtime and I catch up with my bills but not often.

So I don’t earn much. I do live within my means though, just about. My wife works too, though with the accident she’s only just got back to work so it’s been a little rough. Things have been a little tight. And money was hardly overflowing before hand. I’m barely keeping up right now, I’m definitely behind on a few things, I will admit it.

What people don’t seem to understand is that I’m not actually spending much money beyond bills and food. My extravagance is the hosting for this blog, something I’ve cut down to the very basics I need to run it – a single database and the domain name. I’m living off rice and beans and tins of tomatoes some weeks. My wife fixes everything – clothes, appliances, everything. We made our nieces birthday present, the other came from Barnados.

Our other extravagance is Thanksgiving. Except this isn’t actually going to cost a lot of money. We bought the food bit by bit, froze it. People bring more food. We bought some fireworks, just a few, for the first time in years – the last couple of years the fireworks have been left overs from a Bonfire Night previous. And anything else is coming out of my bonus from work last year (it comes in vouchers not cash).

Christmas is always the challenge but we only buy stuff for the kids, and spend it alone watching Christmas films and eating and being together. Mostly because my family is awkward but that’s another post.

I don’t know what else I can do to make my money go further, without finding another job (which I am also trying to do).

The only thing I can do is make more money. And the only thing I am good at is writing. Poetry, fiction, this blog. So I have made a patreon so that you the reader can support me at the source. Fuck ads, fuck affiliates, fuck sponsored posts (especially that last one), just content, good honest quality content.

Support me with a dollar, support with more. Support me for a month, support me for a year.

I have plans with the money, other than bills. I’d at least like to be able to pay for the hosting and in the future a logo, a new design, new poetry collection. I’d like new equipment to make my work better. I’d like more time off work to write.

There will be rewards for your support. They’re a bit of a work in progress right now, so we’ll see how it goes. But as they stand –

Pledge $1 or more per month
  • My eternal thanks.
  • The opportunity to ask questions for me to answer in upcoming blog posts.
Pledge $5 or more per month
  • My eternal thanks.
  • The opportunity to ask questions for me to answer in upcoming blog posts.
  • 50% off one of my poetry collections.
Pledge $10 or more per month
  • My eternal thanks.
  • The opportunity to ask questions for me to answer in upcoming blog posts.
  • 50% off one of my poetry collections.
  • A postcard featuring one of my photos.
Pledge $20 or more per month
  • My eternal thanks.
  • The opportunity to ask questions for me to answer in upcoming blog posts.
  • A postcard featuring one of my photos.
  • 50% off both of my poetry collections.
  • The chance to influence and suggest blog posts.
Pledge $50 or more per month
  • My eternal thanks. And an internet hug. A big one.
  • A postcard featuring one of my photos.
  • The chance to influence and suggest blog posts.
  • 50% off both of my poetry collections.
  • Commission a poem or a short story (minimum 1000 words).

What do you think? If you have any suggestions let me know and consider supporting me on Patreon.

 

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