VM (Vicky) Brasseur is creating writings & talks, supporting free & open source software.
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patrons

Hi, I'm VM Brasseur…

…but because we're all friends here, you can just call me Vicky. You may know me from such places as The Internet, The Internet, and (everyone's favourite) The Internet. Some of my greatest hits so far…

  • You may have seen one of my many conference presentations.
  • You may have read my articles on {anonymous = 'hash'} and opensource.com
  • You may have used the Public Speaking resource repository, which I created and maintain on GitHub. 
  • You may have received mentoring from me in career development, technical management, or public speaking.
  • But most likely you know me from my work with free and open source software strategy, participation, maintenance, and community management.

What do all of these things have in common? I don't get paid for them. I deeply love helping people in these and other ways. After being told several times, it's finally sunk in that the people I help also want to help me and to support my work. Voila: A Patreon page is born.

"What do I get for becoming a patron?"

Besides the warm glow which comes from supporting the good work of another human? You'll also get access to patron-only posts and discussions. These posts will be about things I'm currently working on or thinking about and should come out weekly (when travel schedules don't interfere).

Please note: I reserve the right to make these posts public after a certain period of time.

"Wait, does this mean you'll be putting work behind a Patreon paywall?"

There is no answer to this which isn't some derivative of "hell no," so I'll just say that: HELL NO. The majority of my work is now and always will be available under free and open licenses, primarily of the Creative Commons nature. Full stop. 

The patron-only posts will just be updates and previews of my work, not the work itself.

"Why don't you have rewards?"

The primary reason for this Patreon is to allow people to support the work I'm already doing, so adding rewards on top of that feels disingenuous. As I said above: the majority of my work is open. Rewards lead to having some of that work trapped behind that paywall, which is an idea I already shot down in the previous section.

"OK, so if I support you, what will you do with the money? You're just going to blow it all on cat kibble and expensive cheeses, aren't you?"

While I do love me a fine cheese, no, I'm not going to blow all of your support on expensive cheeses. (only some of it)

As a freelancer, my income is inconsistent. That makes it difficult to plan for things like, I dunno, paying for my internet, cellphone, or rent, let alone the airfare and hotel required to present at community-organised free and open source conferences. While I certainly don't expect Patreon revenue to cover even one of these bills, it would certainly put my mind at ease to know there's some sort of reliable and regular money coming in to buy me a nice coffee during the month.

And, yes, I will buy kibble. I have an obligation to keep the cats in the manner to which they've become accustomed.

"Where did you get that amazeballs rocketship picture for your header?" 

That amazeballs picture is courtesy of Julian Cash and Julian Cash Photography. Everything Julian touches becomes beautiful. Please consider hiring him to photograph your next event.
Hi, I'm VM Brasseur…

…but because we're all friends here, you can just call me Vicky. You may know me from such places as The Internet, The Internet, and (everyone's favourite) The Internet. Some of my greatest hits so far…

  • You may have seen one of my many conference presentations.
  • You may have read my articles on {anonymous = 'hash'} and opensource.com
  • You may have used the Public Speaking resource repository, which I created and maintain on GitHub. 
  • You may have received mentoring from me in career development, technical management, or public speaking.
  • But most likely you know me from my work with free and open source software strategy, participation, maintenance, and community management.

What do all of these things have in common? I don't get paid for them. I deeply love helping people in these and other ways. After being told several times, it's finally sunk in that the people I help also want to help me and to support my work. Voila: A Patreon page is born.

"What do I get for becoming a patron?"

Besides the warm glow which comes from supporting the good work of another human? You'll also get access to patron-only posts and discussions. These posts will be about things I'm currently working on or thinking about and should come out weekly (when travel schedules don't interfere).

Please note: I reserve the right to make these posts public after a certain period of time.

"Wait, does this mean you'll be putting work behind a Patreon paywall?"

There is no answer to this which isn't some derivative of "hell no," so I'll just say that: HELL NO. The majority of my work is now and always will be available under free and open licenses, primarily of the Creative Commons nature. Full stop. 

The patron-only posts will just be updates and previews of my work, not the work itself.

"Why don't you have rewards?"

The primary reason for this Patreon is to allow people to support the work I'm already doing, so adding rewards on top of that feels disingenuous. As I said above: the majority of my work is open. Rewards lead to having some of that work trapped behind that paywall, which is an idea I already shot down in the previous section.

"OK, so if I support you, what will you do with the money? You're just going to blow it all on cat kibble and expensive cheeses, aren't you?"

While I do love me a fine cheese, no, I'm not going to blow all of your support on expensive cheeses. (only some of it)

As a freelancer, my income is inconsistent. That makes it difficult to plan for things like, I dunno, paying for my internet, cellphone, or rent, let alone the airfare and hotel required to present at community-organised free and open source conferences. While I certainly don't expect Patreon revenue to cover even one of these bills, it would certainly put my mind at ease to know there's some sort of reliable and regular money coming in to buy me a nice coffee during the month.

And, yes, I will buy kibble. I have an obligation to keep the cats in the manner to which they've become accustomed.

"Where did you get that amazeballs rocketship picture for your header?" 

That amazeballs picture is courtesy of Julian Cash and Julian Cash Photography. Everything Julian touches becomes beautiful. Please consider hiring him to photograph your next event.

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