Ladies and gentlemen, advertising is dead. Well, not really, but it's taken another blow thanks to a kickass service I only found out about recently. It's called Patreon It's sort of like Kickstarter and Indiegogo except instead of making a one off payment to support someone, you become a patron and give them a certain amount of money each month to support them in whatever it is that they do. As with Kickstarter, there are also incentives just in case wanting to help something you enjoy isn't enough.
First of all, there are the different incentives for each donator amount. Now, I've only actually seen one thing on there so far and it's a webcomic so I'll be using that as the example. At the lower end of the spectrum you get access to comics early and it gets better as you go along. The top tier reward is actually a blank book. Each month you pick your favourite comic and the creator prints it out in high quality, doodles on it, and mails it you to put in the book so over time you fill it up. That sounds pretty awesome.
You also have the milestone goals where you pledge to do a certain thing when you reach a certain amount of money coming in each month. The guy who runs the webcomic has pledged to remove advertising when he reaches enough money and has already hit a goal to remove one of the adverts from his site. I think advertising might be one of the most popular choices for that kind of thing.
I think this is a pretty cool system, and I really wish that there was a way I could make it work for me. I'm well aware that I don't really have the userbase though, or anything I can actually do. I can write, but I'm not sure how well I can really apply it here. Sure, I can offer the incentive for a printed book when it's finished and I can allow people access to read it as I write it, but that's it.
It, much like Kickstarter, is another way to bring the power back to the hands of the people. Especially the content creators too. Maybe it's something I can look into some other day. Sheesh, I really need to be building up my userbase right now more than anything.
Well I need to be writing too. That's pretty important.