Many people are saying, “sure, I love Independently Financed, but I’m upset there’s no way I can express my support in tangible terms, like a monthly contribution.”
Other people are saying, “Independently Financed is literally the worst blog, but I don’t have any way to express my disgust with its author’s constant hectoring about entrepreneurship and economic justice.”
Having listened carefully to arguments on both sides, I’ve devised what I believe is the perfect solution: a Patreon page!
Patreon is a site that takes itself way too seriously, but does perform one important function: it allows people to set up recurring payments to people who produce “content” they want to support. On my other blog I use Stripe and a front-end interface called Moonclerk to perform this function, but the fact is, reliance on a single payments processor makes you subject to that company’s cultural, political, or ideological vulnerabilities.
So, diversification is crucial in both investing and payment processing!
For that reason, I’ve launched a Patreon page that I hope will appeal to both my fans and my critics. You can find it at https://www.patreon.com/indyfinance.
As you can see, for now readers can vote with their wallets for whether this is a good blog or a bad blog. I’m also entirely open to adding features like reader requests for posts on a particular topic, livestreamed videos, or whatever else readers are interested in. So become a “patron” (Patreon has all sorts of annoying terminology you have to get used to), and let me know what you love, hate, or merely tolerate about the blog!