As this shitty year draws to an end, I'm already thinking about my personal aspirations for 2021... and near the top of that list is finances.
I've tried to quit Kickstarter for several years, but there's always so much good stuff being created that I just can't live without.
Only my tastes are so fickle and Kickstarters usually take so long to deliver that, on numerous occasions, by the time whatever I backed materialises my geek focus has moved on to something else.
However, as a consumer rather than a creator, I still get pleasure in supporting those more creative and talented than I, and so, going forward, I'm switching my focus more to Patreon than Kickstarter.
Patreon, basically, allows you to make a small monthly donation to a creator, for an appropriate reward.
I've set my budget at just £5 a month, and have spread this generous funding across the following three Patreon campaigns.
And if there's a major shift in my tastes, it's real easy to switch Patreons around, cancel subscriptions etc
Also, of late, SWAN's output hasn't been as regular as it was in its prime.
Of course, it's possible to enjoy the work of all these creators for free, via either YouTube or your podcatcher of choice, but by throwing them some coin every month I feel a bit more connected to, and invested in, the work.
And it helps them keep the lights on, encouraging them to continue doing what they're doing... which is helping keep me sane.