In other news here on this lowly old blog, I have engaged the tech services of a new person to help keep this place safe and ongoing. Welcome John! To Mary Beth, my long time, cheerful tech helper of all years in recent memory, I thank you for your patience and kindness. You’ll be missed.
I am still working out what needs to be “blog” and what needs to be “patreon”. But suffice it to say, it’s important to me that this ‘place’ here on the internet be maintained, that the kettle is always on and warm and that you are always welcome. We all need a little place to get away from the world now and then.
So much happening in this crazy world, and yet, there were some tunes to be had with my musical mates today, albeit online. I tried another new recipe from a site I’ve come to enjoy recently as well. And, in the midst of this ordinary day, I also launched a Patreon page.
Fans, friends and family have been after me for a while to get going on this and so today I did it. And I already (before even announcing it!) have two patrons. I’m over the moon!
Over at the Patreon page, you’ll find more of what I do in the artful day to day. More of the nitty-gritty of things in the studio. I’ll share more experiments, more of what’s feeding my mind. I might even share a selfie or two.
I began kicking this patronage idea around in my head a few years ago when I read Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking (if you’ve not read it, I recommend it, and you can get a sense of the concepts she shares in her Ted Talk.) Now finally with the time to really ponder things (ahem, pandemic) and a commitment to take my gifts and by extension, my work, more seriously, today seemed like the perfect, ordinary day to launch a Patreon page.
I am reminded of a version of myself that began a little blog back in October 2007, not knowing where it would take me. It has brought me here, to now. And I am grateful. Grateful to all those who have followed along with my musings and meanderings over the years. Now, for the price of a fancy cup of coffee each month (perhaps more, perhaps less), you can chip into supporting my work – the writing, the art making, the dabbles into animation. There are some rewards and benefits to be gleaned by becoming a patron and these are likely to shift, change and grow with time and as I learn the ways of Patreon. For now, you have my unending thanks in advance for your support.
Go visit my Patreon page, and if you care to join me on more art-making adventures, toss a coin into the hat won’t you?