Rather than simply slapping a "PayPal" button on my blog and panhandling for cash (unless you prefer that sort of thing, in which case, here you go: https://paypal.me/jonzal), I'm hoping to build a community here that is interested in supporting my work. If successful, my plans right now include:
- establishing a regular, more-frequent publishing schedule for JonZal.com.
- posting patron-only—and not necessarily political—entries here (which I've already started doing; scroll down!).
- posting audio versions of my blog entries. (In addition to my writing background, I also have extensive radio and podcasting experience, so I plan on incorporating that skillset into my endeavors here. Ultimately, I plan to develop a standalone podcast.)
- completing an in-progress memoir about my early years, my time in the Army, some of my notable encounters as a music journalist (including some amazing experiences with my favorite rock band, Van Halen) and my own political awakening, among other things.
This Patreon thing is an experiment. Mostly, I see it as a way to connect with those of you who are particularly supportive of and find value in what I bring to the conversation. If there's interest, I'll add patron-only Q&A sessions to my offering. (When eventually I complete my first book, I'll also be sure to add some book-related, patron-only perks as well.)
Something else you're interested in? Let me know. Meanwhile, whether or not you decide to break open your wallet: Thank you for checking out my work.