So I finished my patreon application to get it in before the deadline that would involve a raising of prices, and largely for that reason.
I got half-way through applying for one years ago, with the vague idea of doing something or other with it.
The main question here is capitalisation. And how much of your life you want to capitalise and the weird fluctuation of power and influence around that.
largely, my blog and my reading, I've treated them as an extension of my personal self, not quite as a job thing, so I don't have to make excuses to myself or others about what I am doing, finish anything on time or not. Its whatever I'm reading, whatever I'm interested in. So no ads e.t.c.
And I'm happy selling actual books, like physical things, or pdfs at least. So the blog is play or personal and the books are capital.
And I'm largely happy with that largely symbolic division, even if it is mainly psychological it seems to me that such boundaries are more important than ever in todays world where one thing , business and social networks and everything else, all flow one into another.
All of this is thrown into rather sharper focus by a lack of money.
Something suggested by various intelligent people is that I do book reviews for patron dollars. I do reviews anyway and have about 50 books to get through.
So its the usual, take something you are doing already and do it slightly better, in a more focused way, and for money. The idea does have its appeal, but again, it feels slightly creepy and somewhat wrong to effectively paywall something I was doing anyway.
It would be nice to do it *better* and money would lend focus to that I suppose. But I am pretty much doing it anyway. Would I paywall reviews? Paywall them temporarily, like put a review up on Patreon for a month before putting it on Goodreads or the blog? Take votes on what to read next? What about really long books that take ages to read and have to be talked about in sections?
Or could I do something completely different?
Currently I'm leaning towards not doing anything with it and just keeping it as a tip jar.
However I'm throwing the issue open to you, if you have a strong opinion or ideas about what you do or don't what, let me know in the comments below, either here or on Facebook.