Of my 19 new patrons, two of them — familiar faces — have Patreon creator pages of their own.
I was moved that creatives who are trying to raise money on Patreon themselves would step up for me.
So here’s a shout-out to those two, whose work you’ll enjoy:
She started her homesteading blog on Patreon early this summer, then almost immediately had to set it aside to deal with everything from wildfires to a new career. But she’s had time to get serious about raising chickens, and she just posted a long article titled “Should You Buy Hatching Eggs on eBay?” (The answer, for you serious chicken folks, is “Yes, but …”)
I get a kick out of her tier rewards, too. For $3 a month you can “Sponsor a chicken.”
KentForLiberty is another familiar face and deserving freedomista. You may also know him as Kent McManigal or Dull’Hawk (or dullhawk), long-time Living Freedom Commentariat member, creator of the famous (or is it infamous?) Dull’Hawk flag, and author of several books — which, BTW, he’s offering as rewards to subscribers, along with “Time’s Up” patches.
Kent keeps quite an active freedomista blog right there on Patreon, with posts that are open to the public and others exclusive to paid subscribers.
Both these friends of liberty are good people doing good work. Check ’em out, spread the word, and support them if you’re so inclined.
I’m just beginning to explore Patreon. There are certainly many freedomistas on there that I’m not yet aware of, but I mention these two because what they’re doing is good, their work isn’t widely enough seen, and they pledged monthly support to me even while seeking pledges of their own.
Looking around at other freedomistas on Patreon who are being supported by my 19 patrons, I spotted cartoonist Scott Bieser of Quantum Vibe fame and my old neighbor Ian of Forgotten Weapons. Both these guys look like they’re deservedly doing well for themselves.
I avoided Patreon for a long time and it gave me fits when I finally tried to sign up. But it’s an amazingly cool thing that anyone can now be a patron of artists, musicians, writers, and others doing creative endeavors. You don’t have to be a millionaire or a prince or a pope. If you’ve got a credit card or a PayPal account and the means to put up $1 or $3 or $5 a month, you, too, can be a patron of the arts.