Archive for July 31st, 2016

An Update on Tumbling, Patreonic Stuff

July 31, 2016

(This post has been brought to you by the efforts of my 37 really very very decent and kind Patrons! Visit my Patreon page to learn how to become one of them.)

Which is an appropriate way to start, because this is a post about changes to my Patreon and how they’re affecting my Tumblr page. Woo! Excitement!

Seriously, though I think this will be kind of exciting, at least to some people. I recently added a couple of new goals to my Patreon campaign, both of which are related to my Tumblr page. I’ve been using Tumblr as a combination creative outlet/advertising space, doing brief flash-fiction based around the pictures that cross my feed as and when I have time. This has been good in some ways–a lot of people have really loved my captions and have reblogged them over and over!

It’s also been bad in some ways, because it’s just one more thing that I feel like I have to do, and like everyone who tries to make money by doing something creative, you start feeling guilty any time you do something creative that’s not helping you financially because that’s time and energy you should be spending on the stuff that helps support you and your family and you can’t afford to just have fun writing anymore and–

**tamps down anxiety attack**

(Yes, it’s not just you that feels that way. It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed by the demands of self-starting as a writer, especially when you’re publishing your own work. Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone.)

The point is, I came up with a way to make everyone…at least theoretically…happy. I’ve added a new milestone–two, actually–to my Patreon campaign. At $100 a week (total), I’m going to guarantee seven caption stories a week as well. That means that a) until I hit that milestone, I can feel less guilty about skipping a few days here and there, because if people want them daily they can put their money where their mouth is, and b) once I do hit that milestone, I can feel less guilty about doing them because they’re part of the draw that people pay money for and they’re no longer “just” creative, but a responsible part of my writing career as well.

(A responsible part of my writing career about people having kinky sex. Just so we’re clear that it’s the career, not the writing, that’s responsible.)

So, if you haven’t visited my Patreon page in a while, feel free to stop by and look at the new milestones (there’s a second one, as mentioned, which will double the number of daily captions). I hope it will make you want to contribute, because I like to think that my writing is worth something to people. If not, hey. I’ll keep trying to think of cool incentives for you.