Ok friends, this is it: official announcement time. I’m on Patreon, and I’d really love your support.
Here’s what that means: there is a very easy and very inexpensive way for you to directly support this blog and get immediate access to a ton of great content that is not posted publicly.
Q: What Is Patreon Anyway?
A: Patreon is a company that plays matchmaker between people who make things – writers, podcasters, video-makers, etc. – and the audience that loves, uses and benefits from those things.
It works like a very, very cheap monthly subscription, and allows folks who make stuff (me!) to get paid directly by the people for whom they create (you!).
So, if you love this site, if you benefit from this site, if – let’s be honest – you would probably pay me a dollar just to tell you what to plant in great detail every month – and if you want access to even more great content, please consider becoming an NWEdible Patron.
As long time readers know, the whole money-side of blogging is something I have always struggled with. I have tried to be forthright, ethical and honest in how this site earns money. I’ve blown off a zillion shady back-link people, limited periodic sponsors to folks I’d brag about anyway, and ignored thousands of “corporate partnership opportunites.”
Patreon is the first really good solution to the monetization dilemma I’ve seen.
Q: What’s In It For Me?
A: In addition to the warm glow that comes from directly helping a site and a creator that really tries to help you, here’s what I’ve posted exclusively on Patreon in just in the past several weeks:
- My Favorite Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail (Quick Recipe)
- Quick Tips On Transplanting In Hot Weather (Video)
- A Quick Tip on Flower Arranging (Video)
- Outtakes from Minimalism v Productivity
- Building A Gravity Fed Cup Watering System for Ducks (Video)
- Quick Tips On Deep Frying (Video)
- Oliver Plants Corn (Video)
- Planting Cabbages And A Super Useful Garden Tool (Video)
- What To Do With Foam That You Skim From Jam-making (Quick Recipe)
- Garden Reboot, My Tomato Tunnel, and Thoughts on Plastic In The Garden (Video)
- Trouble In The Coop – Are The Chickens Eating The Duck Eggs? (Video)
- Technique To Skim Foam From Jam (Video)
- Tour Of The May Seedlings (Video)
- Salad Bar Time For The Ducklings (Video)
- Patron Letter for May, 2017
- How To Check Seedling Root Development (Video)
- Dealing With The Duckling Water In The Brooder (Video)
Going forward, Patrons can expect “quick tips” videos, behind-the-scenes photos, blog outtakes, fast recipes, general musings or similar, multiple times per week.
Q: How Much Is It?
A: Everything on the list above is content available to Patrons at the $1 level.
I’m not asking you to reach super deep, here, guys. You can do a huge amount to support this site, and get access to lots of exclusive Patreon content, for a buck a month.
Patrons at the 3-dollar, 5-dollar, and 10-dollar a month levels get progressively more goodies, including long monthly videos where I deep-dive on productive home management topics, the ability to vote in Patron polls, live Q&A sessions, priority in requesting blog topics and getting questions answered, and small-group video chat sessions.
Benefits like the Q&A and the Video Chat Sessions give you direct opportunities to have your unique questions about growing, preserving, homesteading and whatever else is on your mind answered directly. Ever wish you could just get me on the line and ask me a bunch of gardening or cooking questions? Well, with Patreon, now you can.
Q: Why Do You Need Money?
A: I don’t need money in an absolute sense. My kids won’t starve without this. But this blog does need money.
It costs about $60 a month at the bare minimum, just to keep the lights on this site. That covers domain registration, web hosting, essential plug-ins and minimum bandwidth to allow the site to serve the amount of traffic we get (and guys, even when I didn’t post a thing, there were still about 2 million people a year dropping by).
The NWEdible newsletter list costs $150 a month, and I put it on hiatus because I didn’t want to spend that amount of money from my household budget anymore. I’m not really selling anything when I email you, you know what I mean? I’m not Macy’s, trying to get you to buy new jeans when I email you. And using a mailing list to sell you stuff so I can afford a mailing list to sell you stuff simply doesn’t interest me.
So if you’ve wondered where the newsletter went, that’s the story.
There’s more, including the value and opportunity cost of my time. The bottom line is, if this site is going to have a future, it has to be financially self-sustaining. You can be a part of that.
Q: How Much Does My Dollar Help?
A: A lot. After a very soft launch, the Patreon fam is already up to 47 Patrons, together contributing $131 per month. This means we’ve blown through our first goal and are well over halfway to our second goal!
If you pledge $1 per month, you’re telling me to keep writing. Somewhere around 70-cents of your dollar goes directly to fund this site. Patreon takes a very reasonable 5% commission, and PayPal takes 25-cents for processing each transaction.
$3 is the most popular pledge point. If you pledge $3, around $2.60 comes to the site. The percent that comes to the site is much higher because the PayPal fee is flat rate.
If you are able to support at a higher level, I make crazy, in-awe gesticulations in front of my computer screen and call the blessings of the garden fates down upon you for bountiful tomato harvests forever more. Your $5 pledge sends about $4.51 my way, and your $10 pledge sends a whopping $9.27 to the site. That kind of support helps me chew through sustainability goals for the site in giant, American-hamburger sized bites, instead of dainty Euro-canape nibbles.
Q: You Are Super Bad At Marketing. Are You Gonna Do A Call To Action, Or What?
A: Sure! If you think what you get from this site is worth a dollar a month, I’d really love to have it.
Click here to become a Patron, support this site, and get access to lots of great exclusive content and huge good karma points.
If enough people value this site, together we can keep it going for a long time.
Thanks for your support, friends.