Many times I have read a blog post or come across a piece of art so great that I want to reward the artist in some way – even if I have neither the full amount of money to buy the artwork nor the space to keep it. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could “tip” those who deliver us so much for free?
There is a new way to support people at Patreon.com. By signing up and agreeing to a small monthly charge, your money will help struggling artists, musicians, and writers pay their bills, allow them to continue enriching the world, encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining us, and will allow them to in turn support others to also know the joy of giving. You can peruse the website for artists that fit your tastes or promote ideals you agree with. It’s not a hand-out because these people are working hard on their material. There are generally also some perks for those who join. Think of it as paying dues to a fan club.
There are many people not cut out for regular jobs that have great talent or at least something to contribute that would normally end up on Welfare or SSI Disability. The National Endowment for the Arts helps some people too, but Patreon replaces government spending with voluntary sponsorships. Only a very few artists will make it big and become millionaire authors or “indie” moviemakers. Patreon helps everyone else. Some make just enough for art supplies. Some make just enough to live on. Some make more.
I write stories. I write science fiction shorts at ChampionOfTheGalaxy.com and accounts of my real-world travels at WayOutLife.com, along with poetry and musings on life, love, science, and spirituality. I also draw and post pictures of alien life forms to FloraAndFaunaOfTheUniverse.com. My Patreon page is Patreon.com/championofthegalaxy
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My name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small.