Anyone that follows independent media knows it is a challenge for independent content producers to earn a living doing this. The vast majority of content producers have permanent requests at the end of each article or video they release, asking for donations and subscriptions.
This is something I have not been good at for a number of reasons. I work a full time job which has historically allowed me to do much of my writing during slow times at work. Unfortunately, this is completely unreliable. It’s obvious my content production has slowed down a lot for a while. That’s because there has been less time to devote to writing at work. None of this means I resent my regular work in the least. I am happy to have the time to write while at work and many of the circumstances detracting from writing time are unavoidable. I still love nursing and like most of my coworkers.
One advantage to maintaining regular employment is that I always strive to be as objective as possible. By not being chained to the whims of popular opinion, I can much better maintain that objectivity. No, my statements are not always popular but the one thing anyone can count on is that my observations are honest and truthful. It will never be my goal to be an advertising agency, propagandist, cult follower or cult leader.
Still, I find this to be one of the most important things I have ever done. Even more so this year, with the 2020 election coming up quickly.
While my content has slowed down for the past 2 months, prior to that I was releasing 20 or more articles per month. I would like to get back to that pace and also release more videos, which is something I cannot do while at work but videos are time consuming. Eventually, I’d like to include interviews and live chats as well.
If it does not show, there is a lot of research put into many of my articles. However, I am too reliant at times on the research done by other journalists, which is often biased and so means I have to check multiple sources to achieve an objective view. It’s my preference to do my own base research and calculations. Once again, that can be time consuming in itself. It is amusing when I write something and days, weeks or months later some study comes along and verifies my own observations.
So, I am asking for some help.
While many content providers ask for $5 a month or such, I am not asking for that much. I am asking for donations of only $1 a month. When I am able to produce 20 articles and videos per month, that comes out to only 5¢ per production per audience member.
I have no expectations of soon making enough money to stop nursing and would likely keep nursing at least part time even if I made enough from content. I am only trying to make enough from content to reduce the hours at regular employment and dedicate that time to writing and videos.
Right now I cannot offer any guarantees. I prefer quality over quantity but will say I typically have multiple articles in the works at one time, just lacking the time to complete them. I won’t be offering any subscriber-only content for now. That would be kind of.. capitalist of me, wouldn’t it? Maybe in the future, when I have the time. Of course, to date I have released a total of over 1000 articles and videos since late 2017 alone. I’d call it a safe bet that I will continue producing content.
So, please consider donating only $1 a month to help this effort. Any help at all is appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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