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by Mike Masnick


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Please Support Our Patreon Campaign... And Listen To Our Conversation With Patreon's Founder Jack Conte

from the techdirt-podcast-episode-100 dept

For this week's podcast -- our 100th episode -- we have both a special guest and an announcement. On the podcast, we have Jack Conte, the founder and CEO of Patreon, a fascinating company that we've written about a few times, for providing a really compelling platform for connecting content creators and fans, and giving those fans a way to support the creators. And with that conversation, we're also launching a Techdirt Patreon page and asking for folks to support our continued efforts to make great content. The Patreon campaign is focused on the podcast, but you can use it to support Techdirt as a whole if you'd like. If you don't actually listen to the podcast, there's still a good reason to support it: if we get enough support via Patreon, we'll use it to fund transcripts of the podcasts, so those of you who would prefer to read it can do so.

As we've discussed a few times recently, the online advertising market has seen the bottom fall out of it. And that means we need to rely on other forms of support much more regularly -- including affiliate sales and direct crowdfunding. Frankly, direct crowdfunding is certainly the most pure of these options. It builds a stronger connection between us and our community and removes any whiff of third party interference in that relationship. In the past, we've done time-limited campaigns, and we may do that again as well, but I've been writing about Patreon since it launched (and Jack Conte since long before that), and have been impressed with how the platform has grown and changed over time -- and am also impressed with Jack's vision for where the company can continue to go (some of which you can hear in the podcast discussion).

Anyway, I hope many of you will agree to support us via Patreon. We have a variety of perks we're offering -- some of which we've offered directly in our Insider Shop for years, but some of which are new and unique to the podcast -- including a special backers' only episode that we'll be releasing in January. We have lots of stuff we'd love to do, with both the podcast and the website, and plenty of great stories to tell, but we need your help to do it. Please support our efforts.

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    Vaultnode (profile), 30 Nov 2016 @ 9:43am

    Are existing monthly donations handled by Beacon in any way?

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Nov 2016 @ 10:11am

      Re:

      Are existing monthly donations handled by Beacon in any way?

      If you're just supporting us directly via the Insider Shop, then no. Those are handled directly by us, and you don't need to change anything. For people who were paying us monthly via Beacon, they should have received notice a while back that those charges were no longer happening.

      This is just another, different way for people to support what we do (and, in particular, to support the podcast).

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Nov 2016 @ 10:45am

    Blocking Tor users?

    I seem to be banned from even viewing the linked page.

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    timlash (profile), 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:29pm

    Choices

    Mike, do you have a preference for which vehicle receives support. I assume support directly through the Insider Shop would do the most good.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:04pm

      Re: Choices

      Mike, do you have a preference for which vehicle receives support. I assume support directly through the Insider Shop would do the most good.

      We want people to feel comfortable supporting us however they want -- that's the most important thing. Lots of folks seem to really like Patreon and we were interested in using the platform. So for people who want to support us that way, it's great. In terms of direct monetary contribution, sure, supporting us directly via the Insider Shop means more of the money goes directly to us (we still have some transaction costs) and it's more integrated into the site. But, really, it's up to everyone what they're most comfortable doing.

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Nov 2016 @ 7:04pm

    Since Patreon is very popular with Youtubers, why not put out YouTube videos to help attract existing Patreon donors?

    If a moderately successful "talk show" channel on YouTube like the Rubin Report can pull in $30K/month on Patreon, that might be the kind of audience worth tapping into.

    While many of us hate seeing the current trend of online speech being concentrated into a few megacorporations, it's the unfortunately financial reality of either joining the empire or being crushed by it, as remaining a completely independent website, and succeeding at it, is not getting any easier. It's worth noting that many of the financially successful YouTube channels all seem to feed off each other.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Dec 2016 @ 1:30am

    I'm pretty unhappy with Patreon's decision to charge sales tax on their donations. It's never been particularly well justified in the literature and I'm usually not buying anything, so I rarely feel enthused about supporting creators through the platform.

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