What It's About
Hi, I'm Jen. I'm a maker of many things. I make friends; I make jokes. I make messes and mistakes. I make babies - in fact, I've made five of them (my husband helped). Recently I've been writing a lot about what it's like to be the accidental matriarch of a family of seven over at my blog www.lifeinthecircus.com.
Publishing my blog has started a quiet revolution in my life. I am reminded that I have stories to share, that we ALL have stories to share, and that sharing those stories with each other builds connection and builds community. I’m excited to bring that community here to Patreon, a wonderful platform designed to help artists and makers connect with people who want to support their creative endeavors.
In my posts I share wordy-bits about being a broke artist, married to a broke artist (my hubby is a theatre teacher). I write about navigating motherhood in the midst of that. I don't pull any punches. I write about the funny parts. I write about the tender parts. I write about the guilt plagued parts and the downright shitty parts. I share my whole truth, as much of it as I can, with the firmly held belief that telling our truths allows other people to tell their own truths. And truth telling is where it's at. The light of truth is where shame goes to die, and from that richly fertilized soil, connectedness, togetherness, forgiveness, and understanding bloom. This is the Garden of Eden, folks. This is the kingdom of heaven.
I will continue using words to make connections, as long as I think I have anything to offer, as long as I can, because connection is what I live for.
That connection is what makes Patreon such a fabulous platform. It's just like in the days of old when artists, writers, and performers were supported by their very own patrons of the arts. Except now, thanks to democratization of the Internet, you don't have to be a gazillionaire to support the creators you love. You can have a real relationship, you can make a real difference, for just a couple bucks. It's like buying your favorite artist a beer. But better, because if enough people do it, it becomes so much more than just one beer. It becomes a powerful affirmation of support. It becomes a giant, "Yes!!" A giant, "Yes, I value you. Yes, we are all connected. Yes, we are all together in this crazy thing called life and we belong to each other."
Your support allows me to support others, and that support branches out and grows like crabgrass until it carpets this garden. And then, all of us artists, and if you are living - if you are making a life by stringing together moment after moment, make no mistake, you are an artist; all of us artists can look around this kingdom at each other, and say "See what we have made! How great it is!"
How It Works
It's so simple.
You sign up to contribute a certain amount of money per post. It starts at $1. Every time I post a piece there's a tick mark in your account. At the end of the month, Patreon charges your credit card for the total. However, you can set a maximum per month. I tend to post 2-3 times a week. So let's say you're feeling super generous and you think "$3 a post times 12 times a month, equals $36 a month. I can do that!" But what if I post 4 times a week this month? Well, if you've set your monthly total to $36, it doesn't matter. I could post 100 times and you'd still be contributing $36. Pretty lovely. And if you want to, you can cancel at any time. No strings attached. I promise I won't hound you and you'll always have my undying gratitude - after all, that's why it's undying.