Tomasz P. Szynalski is creating TypeIt
29

patrons

$67
per month
Dear Typists!

Thanks for taking a break from typing stuff to visit this page! I'll cut to the chase: Keeping TypeIt up and running takes time and money. There are financial costs (such as the server and bandwidth, or the cost of development hardware), but the biggest problem is time.

New versions of browsers come out all the time, and – every now and then – something changes in a way which makes TypeIt stop working. It could be a bug, it could be just a new way of doing things that replaces the old one. When that happens, I have to: (1) figure out what broke and why; (2) rewrite parts of TypeIt to preserve as much functionality as possible; (3) test TypeIt on 5-7 different platforms (browsers, OS's, mobile devices) to make sure the newly written code didn't mess things up in other places.

Depending on the nature of the changes, all of this stuff can take a lot of time. To take just one example: not so long ago, a new version of Firefox came out, and I had to spend two weeks rewriting and testing the keyboard support code. Testing is particularly tedious, as it involves repeating sequences of keystrokes and clicks on different browsers and devices, to make sure every feature works everywhere.

Occasionally, I add new languages and features – like the feature that saves your text and lets you restore it if you close the browser tab by accident.

Finally, I'm the only system administrator this site has, so I have to be on standby in case the server goes down or there are performance problems. If that happens, I'm the one who has to drop everything and fix it ASAP.

All of this stuff adds up to a non-trivial amount of not-so-pleasant work, which is a problem because I have to make a living. I've tried some ways to generate income (Google ads, my Windows app), but these just don't add up to a satisfactory and predictable stream of revenue (while demanding extra work in themselves).

That is why I decided to try this Patreon thing. Patreon is a service which allows you to donate a small amount each month to support independent creators you like (that would be me). My hope is that support from users like you will give me the peace of mind to keep maintaining TypeIt for you and everybody else.

So, if you like TypeIt and don't want to see it disappear, you can help keep it up and running by becoming a Patron at whatever support level you're comfortable with. Only you know how much value you're getting out of TypeIt and how much you can afford. However much you can chip in, it's more than I expect and I sincerely appreciate it. Thank you!

– Tomasz


COULDN'T YOU JUST HAVE MORE ADS?

Some well-meaning people have suggested increasing the number of ads on the site. While I'm sure that would boost the ad income, I've always rejected that advice, because it would totally ruin the user experience, which is something I've always cared about. Frankly, I'd sooner shut down the site than plaster it with intrusive ads.
Tiers
Friend of TypeIt
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
Thank you for helping me keep TypeIt working. Even at this support level, you're already contributing much more than the average user.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Patron
$2 or more per month 12 patrons
$2 may be less than a cup of coffee, but multiply it by many users and you get a very significant amount.
Right now TypeIt is treating everybody equally, but if there are ever special perks for patrons (e.g. zero ads, extra features), they will probably appear at this support level.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Gold Patron
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You're a real mensch! $5 / month is a very solid amount and your support will go a long way towards keeping TypeIt running smoothly.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Grand Patron
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You're really doing something extraordinary here. At this level, you're effectively paying for yourself and a dozen other people around the world who can use TypeIt for free thanks to you.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Legendary Patron
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Contributions in excess of $20 / month constitute superhuman levels of support. Your generosity is fantastic, and you deserve gratitude not just from me but also from every TypeIt user.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
Goals
$67 of $1,000 per month
This level of support would enable me to make sure TypeIt stays up and running, and remains compatible with current versions of browsers.
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Dear Typists!

Thanks for taking a break from typing stuff to visit this page! I'll cut to the chase: Keeping TypeIt up and running takes time and money. There are financial costs (such as the server and bandwidth, or the cost of development hardware), but the biggest problem is time.

New versions of browsers come out all the time, and – every now and then – something changes in a way which makes TypeIt stop working. It could be a bug, it could be just a new way of doing things that replaces the old one. When that happens, I have to: (1) figure out what broke and why; (2) rewrite parts of TypeIt to preserve as much functionality as possible; (3) test TypeIt on 5-7 different platforms (browsers, OS's, mobile devices) to make sure the newly written code didn't mess things up in other places.

Depending on the nature of the changes, all of this stuff can take a lot of time. To take just one example: not so long ago, a new version of Firefox came out, and I had to spend two weeks rewriting and testing the keyboard support code. Testing is particularly tedious, as it involves repeating sequences of keystrokes and clicks on different browsers and devices, to make sure every feature works everywhere.

Occasionally, I add new languages and features – like the feature that saves your text and lets you restore it if you close the browser tab by accident.

Finally, I'm the only system administrator this site has, so I have to be on standby in case the server goes down or there are performance problems. If that happens, I'm the one who has to drop everything and fix it ASAP.

All of this stuff adds up to a non-trivial amount of not-so-pleasant work, which is a problem because I have to make a living. I've tried some ways to generate income (Google ads, my Windows app), but these just don't add up to a satisfactory and predictable stream of revenue (while demanding extra work in themselves).

That is why I decided to try this Patreon thing. Patreon is a service which allows you to donate a small amount each month to support independent creators you like (that would be me). My hope is that support from users like you will give me the peace of mind to keep maintaining TypeIt for you and everybody else.

So, if you like TypeIt and don't want to see it disappear, you can help keep it up and running by becoming a Patron at whatever support level you're comfortable with. Only you know how much value you're getting out of TypeIt and how much you can afford. However much you can chip in, it's more than I expect and I sincerely appreciate it. Thank you!

– Tomasz


COULDN'T YOU JUST HAVE MORE ADS?

Some well-meaning people have suggested increasing the number of ads on the site. While I'm sure that would boost the ad income, I've always rejected that advice, because it would totally ruin the user experience, which is something I've always cared about. Frankly, I'd sooner shut down the site than plaster it with intrusive ads.

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Tiers
Friend of TypeIt
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
Thank you for helping me keep TypeIt working. Even at this support level, you're already contributing much more than the average user.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Patron
$2 or more per month 12 patrons
$2 may be less than a cup of coffee, but multiply it by many users and you get a very significant amount.
Right now TypeIt is treating everybody equally, but if there are ever special perks for patrons (e.g. zero ads, extra features), they will probably appear at this support level.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Gold Patron
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You're a real mensch! $5 / month is a very solid amount and your support will go a long way towards keeping TypeIt running smoothly.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Grand Patron
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You're really doing something extraordinary here. At this level, you're effectively paying for yourself and a dozen other people around the world who can use TypeIt for free thanks to you.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.
TypeIt Legendary Patron
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Contributions in excess of $20 / month constitute superhuman levels of support. Your generosity is fantastic, and you deserve gratitude not just from me but also from every TypeIt user.

All Patrons get full access to the TypeIt community on Patreon.