From a Distance

On any given day, this Blog gets probably 40 visits tops. However, I know a large proportion of those people and actually? That’s absolutely fine with me. For many, the Internet means only one thing, and that’s selling themselves to anyone and everyone, and that’s just so wrong on so many levels. You’re nobody without the right social media markers. You don’t mean squat if you don’t have about.me or Kred. Honestly?

It’s the biggest con on the planet.

I had a bit of an exchange of opinion this morning with someone on Twitter and I looked up their bio, which led me to their website, selling their novel that was released in late October. They’ve written a slew of work, have an established publisher, and (it appears to me) only consider the Internet as a selling tool. This bothers me, far more than it should (I suspect) and it isn’t because this person has written work that’s been published. It’s the understanding that some people simply come to the place I call home to hawk their wares, and for them this isn’t a living, breathing source of inspiration, this is a revenue strand.

That mindset particularly apposite in my current situation.

Walther-PPK-S-9MM-Short

Here’s your Walther, away you go.

I am shortly to be inserted into the world of self-financing via the Internet. A venture I’m involved with is about to begin the journey into Patreon funding and I’m more than a little nervous, because (for me at least) crowd-funding is a grey area I’m not sure I’m entirely happy being a part of. However, the arguments are becoming more and more compelling, and it’s like I can’t look away. Yes, I’d LOVE to get a publishing deal but that requires an actual piece of work that I can sell, and despite all my self-assertion I’m still not there yet. I have a part-time, small fry writing gig and it’s never going to pay the rent. There is a realism to my life I shouldn’t and won’t ignore, and the understanding that this daily write is contributing to something new and different I can’t yet quantify, and I certainly couldn’t ask for funding for. ‘Pay me to do what I’m already doing but with better tea and cake’ just won’t wash.

One day, I hope to actually have a purpose. Until I do? I feel there may be a compromise.

PANTS

Not actual pants.

At some point this year, without fuss or bother, there’s going to be a ‘Buy Me a Beer’ button on my Gaming Website. No, I’m not going to announce it, and no I’m not going to promote it, the button will just appear and then we’ll wait and see. That will be my guide. If people want to contribute, then they can. Then we’ll see where we are.

Mostly, I’d like to be a legitimate writer. However, that needs work.

4 thoughts on “From a Distance

  1. I’m not sure I qualify as a “legitimate writer”, but I do have a couple of regular writing gigs that pay. My personal blog gets about 100 or so hits a day, from people who pop in and (generally) never return.

    It’s got a tip jar, and some posts (that took an exceptionally long time to research and write) have a link to the tip jar at the bottom. (I went with “buy me a coffee” instead of “buy me a beer”).

    That said, nobody has used the tip jar. I suspect the reason is that No Market Collective is a conglomeration of stuff that has, well, no “market value”. It’s got too many varied topics and I suspect that confuses people (or turns them off).

    I’ve got a plan coming up for a new blog that sticks to one specific topic, and am considering doing a Patreon with that one. Please write about how your experience with Patreon (or the tip jar) and how that goes. This is an aspect of freelance writing that no one seems to talk about even though so many writers want to learn more about it.

    We all have bills to pay, after all, and not everyone can just go grab a “day job”.

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