With Internet, artists are facing the challenge that people don’t need to buy material supports to enjoy their work. I believe that it is a very good thing as it allows to sell any piece of work for a Free Price while enjoying the freedom of the web. Thus, the next technical challenge is to make it as easy as possible to pay a free price for anything you like. I’ve already told you in length about Flattr, which allows you to « like with money » anything on the Internet.
But what if you really like an artist, a blogger, a filmmaker? What if you want to encourage a creator to do more or to keep going? Here’s come Patreon.
The principle of Patreon is very simple: for every piece of work by a given creator, you pledge a given amount. The more she/he releases, the more you spend (but you can fix a monthly limit). And, as for Kickstarter, you can have some extra with your pledge. Just see my page for an example.
The idea is so simple that, unlike Flattr, I don’t see how I will be able to make awfully long blog posts about the subject for months.
Of course, Patreon is not perfect. A given creator cannot have multiple projects (what if you are a blogger and a video maker? Or what if you have two blogs?). A credit card is required (Bitcoin support would be awesome). I will probably find more flaw but the idea is really nice and complementary with Flattr.
I don’t really hope to attract patrons but, being curious, I had to give it a try. If you like the idea too, don’t hesitate to test and become my patron.
Picture by Martin Beek
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