Rob Pegorarois creating technology journalism for the curious and the skeptical
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For $10 a month, this tier will get you every patron-only post here, plus a monthly newsletter offering an inside look at my work as well as access to a Slack channel where you can quiz me directly (or talk about me when I'm not looking).
In addition to posts here, the newsletter and the Slack channel, this $25/month tier will get you one personalized tech consult a month. Not sure what laptop, smartphone or online-TV service to get? Ask. (Just please don't quiz me about enterprise software.) And if you'd like, I'll give you a shout-out on this page or in the newsletter.
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.