Being Patronized

Dear Constant Reader,

Today I did something very hard for me. I created a Patreon page. I had to set myself a specific deadline or I never would have hit that “Launch” button.

I don’t like asking for things. It’s very hard for me to ask for help and it’s even harder to ask for money. This involves doing both. I know plenty of burlesque performers are using Patreon, but it was my friend Marrus‘s example that finally gave me the courage to do this.

I’m asking you, my Constant Readers and Loyal Fans, to part with your hard earned dollars, so that I may keep doing what I do and do it even better. That’s extremely difficult for me to ask. For a long time I’ve been involved with groups and events that do things on a volunteer basis — you share your skills, your time, your knowledge because you love doing it. I still feel that way. However, I think what I create has value and I hope some of you do to.

I’m not going to put up some sort of pay wall here and only allow patrons to see my writing. That goes against some personal beliefs. Instead, I hope that with support I can bring you more missives that are more in-depth and maybe even have more pictures. Think of being my patron like supporting NPR or PBS — everyone still gets access, but my patrons get some special extras that no one else does.

I’ve also realized that I can’t do what I want to all by myself. I need to get other people involved to bring you the best content I can. And asking for help is a challenge for me. But I shall rise to the occasion and find some collaborators so I can bring you photos and videos and other wonderful stuff.

Thank you so much for your continued support.