Avdi Grimm

is creating graceful software developers

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In addition to my eternal gratitude, you'll get:

- access to the Padding Bits Slack. Yes, it's Yet Another Slack! Where I keep a work journal of what I'm thinking about, and chat with friends and supporters.

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- early, discounted access to new products (books, courses, videos etc.) I'm working on.

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- Exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, such as recordings of topic meetings and script review sessions with RubyTapas guest chefs. This is a great perk for anyone who's interested in the nuts and bolts of producing technical content.

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My mission is to be invitation to dance. Is that an odd way to talk about creating software development training? Here's the thing: To me, programming is a beautiful way to play with different models of the world, to weave technology into shapes that enrich our lives, and best of all to communicate about our ideas with other people. That's a kind of dance, and my goal is to invite more people out to the center of the dance floor.

For over a decade I've been communicating the joy of code through blogs, podcasts, books, conference talks, courses, and screencasts. In that time I've been incredibly blessed by the support of the developer community. This Patreon is one way for me to continue doing what (I think) I do best: learning, synthesizing, explaining what I've learned, and in turn coaching others in the art of communicating technical concepts. 

In particular, these days I'm turning my attention towards new formats (like livestreaming and courses) and new subject matter (like JavaScript/TypeScript). When your livelihood depends on product sales, these kinds of pivots can introduce a chicken/egg problem: In order to create new things (and still pay the bills) I need new revenue, but in order to get that new revenue I need to create the things. Patreon income is a way for me to bootstrap new concepts in developer training.

About the Benefits: One theme you'll notice in the sponsorship tiers is that a lot of the benefits are focused on sponsoring stuff for other people. Ever since I began selling information products for programmers, I've looked for ways to make a living while also making it possible for developers with limited resources to benefit from my stuff. For instance, for years I've offered a "pay with a postcard" option for my books. The way I see it, Patreon is less about getting stuff and more about contributing to community. What better way to contribute, than by sponsoring a course or a coaching session for a cash-strapped junior developer?

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