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I know that this will not be a record breaking campaign, but I have three main reasons for starting a Patreon:

1. I want to commit myself to updating regularly. I've been pretty good at keeping the blog updated since I restarted it in August, 2016, but I traveled a lot in the past couple of months, and then also got quite sick for a while. I wrote an update about the first trip I took, and there were no comments or replies, and I found it really easy to not update for a while. I feel like having people commit a dollar a month (or whatever) to this blog will be a good way of knowing it's worth updating.

2. I'd love if a ton of people all pledged $1/month (or whatever the minimum is) and eventually I could point to my Patreon as proof that people read my blog. This is how you become a thought leader, and once you're a thought leader, that's when you get the real money. Do I like TED Talks? No. Do I want to become one of those guys who posts "GET. SHIT. DONE. NO. EXCUSES." on Twitter a few times a week? No. If a book publisher gives me enough money, will I write a completely shitty book called "The Blog Project: My Year of Dreaming, Living, Blogging, and How I Found Myself Through Blogging"? Yes, I will do that. I would do that for $50,000 or more. That's the number. 

You know, I ran Diaryland fundraisers a few times when the site was exploding and there were sudden needs for server hardware or whatever. The first time, I wrote up a message, and I added "Any donation is welcome, even if you can just give $1, that's fine with me!" But then a couple of people actually only gave $1, and it turns out it wasn't fine with me. I thought those people were kind of annoying. Like, they owned a credit card, and they cared enough to go to the trouble to enter all their details online, but then they thought "Should I give $5? Maybe just $2? Nah, too much".

But my point is that with this Patreon, I really don't care if people just give $1/month. I have realistic expectations, and it's fine with me if people only give $1/month.

3. I mean hopefully a million people will eventually do that - that'd rule! Do the math: That's a million bucks per month. Great money. That works out to $12 million/year. I'd love it! I'm going to be honest, money has never been my strong suit, and I usually don't have much, or any. An extra twelve milly in my pocket every year? Sounds good to me!

4. I know I said I only had 3 main reasons for starting a Patreon, but this line is to demonstrate that I am looking to smash everyone's expectations! In the good way. You expected three reasons, but you got four! This is not actually a fourth reason I guess, but I'm out of reasons, and I wanted to put something here.

5. The final reason I'm starting this is in case I have more entries that get really popular. Since August, I've had a couple that have gone pretty wild. This entry on tiny houses got something like 25,000 pageviews after being linked in a few big places, and I bet if I had a Patreon back then, a couple of people would have said "Hey I'd like to support a traditional blog!" and pitched in. I would say that of everything I've written online, maybe 1% of things wind up getting really popular, and if it happens again, I want to have this all set up.

6. Since I restarted blogging in August, I've had a few people say that they're going to start a blog as well, after seeing this as an example. I don't think anyone has actually done this, but once they notice that I'm making an extra million dollars per month in American money, I know they'll be on it. I'd love to see more people go back to traditional blogging - that would really be the most gratifying thing to me, other than all the money I'm going to be getting (one million dollars a month), which I can only assume is going to dwarf anything else, gratification-wise.

7. Also I don't want to be a hypocrite, because I'm always telling people that the best, most interesting way to fund things online these days is Patreon.
Rewards
Photo of 5 Dollars
$1 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
If you subscribe to this tier, every 3 months, I will mail you a photo of 5 dollars. You must leave your mailing address to be part of this tier.
Dollar Bear
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You're now a Dollar Bear! I just thought of this name a second ago, it's terrible. But anyway, this is a good way to get me on the road to internet fame and thought leadership, as the guy with the record for the most Patreon subscribers. Oh my god the name "Dollar Bear" is terrible, I hope they let me edit that when I think of a better name.
Photo of 10 Dollars
$2 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
At this tier, every 3 months I will mail you a photo of $10
Photo of 50 Dollars
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Dollar for dollar, this is your best value. If you donate $3 per month, every 3 months, I will mail you a photo of 50 dollars.
Shout-out
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Get shouted out in a blog post where I shout out recent Patreon subscribers.
The Photo Shout-out
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This is the same as the Shout-out level, except I will also post a photo of you in the blog. You don't have to have the photo posted if you just want to support the blog, it's all up to you.
I know that this will not be a record breaking campaign, but I have three main reasons for starting a Patreon:

1. I want to commit myself to updating regularly. I've been pretty good at keeping the blog updated since I restarted it in August, 2016, but I traveled a lot in the past couple of months, and then also got quite sick for a while. I wrote an update about the first trip I took, and there were no comments or replies, and I found it really easy to not update for a while. I feel like having people commit a dollar a month (or whatever) to this blog will be a good way of knowing it's worth updating.

2. I'd love if a ton of people all pledged $1/month (or whatever the minimum is) and eventually I could point to my Patreon as proof that people read my blog. This is how you become a thought leader, and once you're a thought leader, that's when you get the real money. Do I like TED Talks? No. Do I want to become one of those guys who posts "GET. SHIT. DONE. NO. EXCUSES." on Twitter a few times a week? No. If a book publisher gives me enough money, will I write a completely shitty book called "The Blog Project: My Year of Dreaming, Living, Blogging, and How I Found Myself Through Blogging"? Yes, I will do that. I would do that for $50,000 or more. That's the number. 

You know, I ran Diaryland fundraisers a few times when the site was exploding and there were sudden needs for server hardware or whatever. The first time, I wrote up a message, and I added "Any donation is welcome, even if you can just give $1, that's fine with me!" But then a couple of people actually only gave $1, and it turns out it wasn't fine with me. I thought those people were kind of annoying. Like, they owned a credit card, and they cared enough to go to the trouble to enter all their details online, but then they thought "Should I give $5? Maybe just $2? Nah, too much".

But my point is that with this Patreon, I really don't care if people just give $1/month. I have realistic expectations, and it's fine with me if people only give $1/month.

3. I mean hopefully a million people will eventually do that - that'd rule! Do the math: That's a million bucks per month. Great money. That works out to $12 million/year. I'd love it! I'm going to be honest, money has never been my strong suit, and I usually don't have much, or any. An extra twelve milly in my pocket every year? Sounds good to me!

4. I know I said I only had 3 main reasons for starting a Patreon, but this line is to demonstrate that I am looking to smash everyone's expectations! In the good way. You expected three reasons, but you got four! This is not actually a fourth reason I guess, but I'm out of reasons, and I wanted to put something here.

5. The final reason I'm starting this is in case I have more entries that get really popular. Since August, I've had a couple that have gone pretty wild. This entry on tiny houses got something like 25,000 pageviews after being linked in a few big places, and I bet if I had a Patreon back then, a couple of people would have said "Hey I'd like to support a traditional blog!" and pitched in. I would say that of everything I've written online, maybe 1% of things wind up getting really popular, and if it happens again, I want to have this all set up.

6. Since I restarted blogging in August, I've had a few people say that they're going to start a blog as well, after seeing this as an example. I don't think anyone has actually done this, but once they notice that I'm making an extra million dollars per month in American money, I know they'll be on it. I'd love to see more people go back to traditional blogging - that would really be the most gratifying thing to me, other than all the money I'm going to be getting (one million dollars a month), which I can only assume is going to dwarf anything else, gratification-wise.

7. Also I don't want to be a hypocrite, because I'm always telling people that the best, most interesting way to fund things online these days is Patreon.

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Rewards
Photo of 5 Dollars
$1 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
If you subscribe to this tier, every 3 months, I will mail you a photo of 5 dollars. You must leave your mailing address to be part of this tier.
Dollar Bear
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You're now a Dollar Bear! I just thought of this name a second ago, it's terrible. But anyway, this is a good way to get me on the road to internet fame and thought leadership, as the guy with the record for the most Patreon subscribers. Oh my god the name "Dollar Bear" is terrible, I hope they let me edit that when I think of a better name.
Photo of 10 Dollars
$2 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
At this tier, every 3 months I will mail you a photo of $10
Photo of 50 Dollars
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Dollar for dollar, this is your best value. If you donate $3 per month, every 3 months, I will mail you a photo of 50 dollars.
Shout-out
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Get shouted out in a blog post where I shout out recent Patreon subscribers.
The Photo Shout-out
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This is the same as the Shout-out level, except I will also post a photo of you in the blog. You don't have to have the photo posted if you just want to support the blog, it's all up to you.