It’s 2:30 in the morning and I’m still awake because the Insomnia Weasels are doing war dances in my brain. Apparently Patreon decided that I didn’t have enough going on right now and is making noises about hopping on the NFT bandwagon, and just no. No. What the actual fuck.
There’s a common statement that one can’t make money on the internet, and what pisses me off the most about it is that it’s almost true, but not for the reason people think. The problem doesn’t lie with getting eyeballs on posts, or getting people to actually drop a donation in the bucket after consuming the content, as one might expect, though these are legit Herculean tasks.
No, the problem is getting payment processors and hosting sites to ACTUALLY LET US GET PAID.
Seriously, I don’t have a donation button on here because WordPress will only let me do so if I pay them over $300 a year for the privilege of adding a PayPal button and Stripe (which WordPress wants to insist you use) has a fee structure that doesn’t work unless you start at a $5 bare minimum, which dramatically reduces the likelihood that you can convince folks to donate, and still means they’re keeping nearly half of each donation, making it not a realistically viable option. Patreon is hellbent on finding new and interesting ways to push people away from using the site and rolls out some new terrible idea every couple of months. Gods only know when Ko-fi’s gonna start pulling shady shit.
I’m just tired of constantly fighting to try and find ways to let people pay me. I’d much rather use that time and energy to actually, I dunno, WRITE.