Rob Pegoraro

is creating technology journalism for the curious and the skeptical

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About

I've been writing about the intersection of consumer technology and people for more than 25 years--and, for the past eight years, as a full-time freelancer contributing to the likes of Yahoo Finance, USA Today, and Wirecutter. In that time, I've seen some brilliant ideas take off, but I've also seem a lot of dreadful ones infect the industry I cover and the one I work in.

I set up this page because:

  • I've been interested in Patreon ever since seeing founder Jack Conte pitch it in a hilarious but affecting talk at the XOXO festival in 2013, and over the ensuing years Patreon seems to have worked for a variety of writers, artists, performers and other creative types whom I trust.
  • Every now and then, readers have asked how they can support what I do, and I'd like to give them an answer less unhelpfully vague than "read to the end and click on some ads." 
  • The business model for journalism seems much less set than it was 10, 15 or 25 years ago, so I shouldn't look down at this option.
  • One of the scarcest things I have to offer is my attention, so putting a (small! reasonable!) price on it seems fair and, in business-model terms, not crazy.
  • I've yet to try crowdfunding at all, which probably amounts to professional malpractice for anybody writing about social platforms.
  • I'm increasingly uncomfortable with having so much of my reader interaction on my public Facebook page.

I have zero illusions about any money I make here constituting a significant chunk of my income. But what it might do is give me a little more leeway to go to events that offer high odds of educating me but few chances for me to monetize the trip--the Online News Association's annual conference comes to mind. So let's see what happens.

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