Thursday, December 07, 2017

Giving Patreon a try

So I tried Steemit for a year or so. It's interesting, but there is a heavy emphasis on curation and I'm just not that into curation. I'm a writer. I love to write. I love to publish and I love to promote good ideas. As much as I liked it, Steemit required a lot of extra curation work to even get noticed. Sorry, Steemit. I'm just not into curation, yet. 

I have two small kids and soon they'll be in school. Then I can really dig into curation. I really just like to write and publish and see what happens. 

I like blogger for the great user interface and formatting options, but Google is really stingy with pay. Steemit was much better, but there is a lot of relationship maintenance that must happen. It's sort of a nepotism network for writers. I know that sounds critical, but there is a lot of "vote for me and I'll vote for you" stuff going on there. It is fair to say that there is a lot of fellowship going on, but I'm not so sure I want money to be the basis of my friendship on Steemit. That's what it looks like to me, anyway.

I really just want my words to stand on their own. That's it. I find an idea or concept, I write about it, I publish it. Then I do some promotion and see what happens. I'm kind of an agnostic writer. I don't write to make something happen. I write to see what will happen next. Every article is an experiment.

So, I will start publishing on Patreon to see what happens. It's an experiment. Steemit and Patreon may be experiments, but I will always come back here. At least until I find a better way. You can find my Patreon page here:

https://www.patreon.com/digitalfirehose

I hope to see you there. :)
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