‘Tis the season…for all the Help Wanted and Now Hiring signs. Welcome to tourist-land! Each sign and job posting I see makes me wonder: could I do it? Would I want to?

I’m approaching an entire year of this “full time mom and creative” gig life and while Western culture has a greater awareness now about the value of unpaid labor, that knowledge doesn’t alleviate the certainty that I should have a day job because I should be contributing an income to my family. (“Should” is a bad word!) Forget the fact that childcare would devour any paycheck I might get.

I’ve been thinking about Patreon for a while. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s essentially crowdfunded support where patrons get special rewards and access to creators. I planned to have my own Patreon page someday. Someday when I’m traditionally published or have a huge following or after I’ve launched that YouTube channel. So many excuses not to do it, most rooted in shame and fear.

The truth is, there is no shame in asking for help or support. With the combination of Patreon’s fee structure for creators about to change and my own (socially conditioned) need to financially justify my existence, I’ve launched my page. Patrons will see rough drafts and works in progress, have first access to my news and updates, hear me read stories, see videos discussing writing and creativity, and anything else we can think of.

I’m a millennial. I understand tight finances. But money isn’t the only way to support your favorite creators! Nothing helps creators (and beats unhelpful algorithms) like word-of-mouth and the social media equivalent: the share button. Liking, sharing, commenting on my Patreon page and social media posts and blog and stories? All priceless.

If I don’t ask, it will never happen. If not now, I may always find excuses to avoid it.

My first goal with Patreon is to let me move this blog away from the free WordPress and to my own site (especially now that customization seems permanently broken, among other issues). But most importantly, I want to build a community of people who are creating and inspiring each other. The accountability is just a bonus.

So again here’s the link to my Patreon. It would mean a lot to me if you’d check it out, leave me feedback or share it around. I’d love for you to join me!

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