John is creating the most spectacular news that never happened
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Today's news cycle.

Let's face it. It sucks. Even more so when it's accurate. Add to that the rise of the fake news sites, that attempt to toy with your emotions in hopes of getting some click-coin.

Wouldn't it be great to have a news source that never raises your blood pressure, simply because you already know it's not true?
Ever?
Not even a smidgin?

This is my dream for ClicksterBate.com.

A regular presentation of news so entertaining, so spectacular, at times so ... (dare I say it? - yes, I dare!) uplifting, that I had to make it all up.

I've toyed around with the idea of a venture like this for some time, but recent developments have spurred my motivation. After a relatively long term position followed by a couple years of free-lancing, I recently re-entered the job market. It became clear fairly quickly that I've "aged out" of the profession I was in for decades. All of the hiring managers I interviewed with were much younger than I. At my last interview, I nearly slipped off the stripper pole. An awkward situation at best.

Why I'm banking on Patreon to amuse an audience, and make a living:

I've been involved in many different web based media projects over the years, using many different financing/funding models. When I decided to start Clicksterbate, I considered an advertising-driven model, but rejected it.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with advertiser support. If you're dealing with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, it can be the most accurate metric of what your audience wants.

But I don't expect to ever have that sort of readership. My goal is eventually a couple thousand (ish) fairly regular readers who share and appreciate my warped sense of humor. If I was being supported by ad money, I know in time I would end up writing for the advertisers, not the audience. Advertisers, intentionally or not, inevitably impose themselves in the editorial process. Again, this does not make them "bad", it's just human nature. And in the case of much higher volume readership, almost a necessity.

Given that I like to poke (mostly) gentle fun at everyone, I'd end up stepping on the toes of the purse holders at some point. I don't want to live under that constraint.

So far, Patreon seems the best avenue for me to reach an appreciative audience, make a living, and as a bonus I'm able to engage my audience on a regular basis.

Here's to a long, strange trip! Thanks for the company!

Tiers
Clickster-Bae
$1 or more per month
Become an official Clickster-Bae and:

- Read the Clickster-Bae Monthly Newsletter Here!



Flying Car Irregulars
$5 or more per month
Be a member of the Flying Car Irregulars!

"Wow! Great! What the hell does that even mean?"

Glad you asked. It means you get an Honorable Mention on our Irregulars Page at clicksterbate.com, which can include a link. Whether it links to your business, a favorite charity, whatever you decide, it's up to you. 


You'll also get the premium edition of The Schawumpta Tribune Express Monthly, chock-full of the gossip, shenanigans, and goings-on in the crazy little (allegedly fictional) Central Wisconsin town where many of my stories spring from.


And you also get to read the Clickster-Bae Monthly Newsletter.


Goals
40% complete
Woah ... that would cover monthly website operation costs AND I could spring for a few pizzas! Sweet!
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Today's news cycle.

Let's face it. It sucks. Even more so when it's accurate. Add to that the rise of the fake news sites, that attempt to toy with your emotions in hopes of getting some click-coin.

Wouldn't it be great to have a news source that never raises your blood pressure, simply because you already know it's not true?
Ever?
Not even a smidgin?

This is my dream for ClicksterBate.com.

A regular presentation of news so entertaining, so spectacular, at times so ... (dare I say it? - yes, I dare!) uplifting, that I had to make it all up.

I've toyed around with the idea of a venture like this for some time, but recent developments have spurred my motivation. After a relatively long term position followed by a couple years of free-lancing, I recently re-entered the job market. It became clear fairly quickly that I've "aged out" of the profession I was in for decades. All of the hiring managers I interviewed with were much younger than I. At my last interview, I nearly slipped off the stripper pole. An awkward situation at best.

Why I'm banking on Patreon to amuse an audience, and make a living:

I've been involved in many different web based media projects over the years, using many different financing/funding models. When I decided to start Clicksterbate, I considered an advertising-driven model, but rejected it.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with advertiser support. If you're dealing with tens or hundreds of thousands of readers, it can be the most accurate metric of what your audience wants.

But I don't expect to ever have that sort of readership. My goal is eventually a couple thousand (ish) fairly regular readers who share and appreciate my warped sense of humor. If I was being supported by ad money, I know in time I would end up writing for the advertisers, not the audience. Advertisers, intentionally or not, inevitably impose themselves in the editorial process. Again, this does not make them "bad", it's just human nature. And in the case of much higher volume readership, almost a necessity.

Given that I like to poke (mostly) gentle fun at everyone, I'd end up stepping on the toes of the purse holders at some point. I don't want to live under that constraint.

So far, Patreon seems the best avenue for me to reach an appreciative audience, make a living, and as a bonus I'm able to engage my audience on a regular basis.

Here's to a long, strange trip! Thanks for the company!

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Tiers
Clickster-Bae
$1 or more per month
Become an official Clickster-Bae and:

- Read the Clickster-Bae Monthly Newsletter Here!



Flying Car Irregulars
$5 or more per month
Be a member of the Flying Car Irregulars!

"Wow! Great! What the hell does that even mean?"

Glad you asked. It means you get an Honorable Mention on our Irregulars Page at clicksterbate.com, which can include a link. Whether it links to your business, a favorite charity, whatever you decide, it's up to you. 


You'll also get the premium edition of The Schawumpta Tribune Express Monthly, chock-full of the gossip, shenanigans, and goings-on in the crazy little (allegedly fictional) Central Wisconsin town where many of my stories spring from.


And you also get to read the Clickster-Bae Monthly Newsletter.