Well, the end of November means I have to write posts again.
Emotions, Jealousy, and Second-Hand Dresses 29
I went on a real good rant earlier about net noot. I expanded on the best points from there here:
I was up way too late last night writing.
Got a chance to work on my poly romance novel over my lunch break. I don't hate chapter twenty-nine anymore.
Redid my budget using #ledgercli so I can add/remove things easily from a text file on Dropbox. I'm hoping it will be low friction maintenance.
Now I can be bummed about the results. Day care is really expensive (as we knew it would be for three years).
I also use ledger to do my publishing business books. I wrote a bunch of gulp-based parsers for Amazon, NOOK, ACX, etc that all feed into the ledger without me manually entering anything. That was a good two weeks worth of coding.
So, does anyone out there use #Flattr? How is it? As @maloki pointed out, Flattr has taken the opportunity to point out how it complements #Patreon, particularly in the wake of the recent fee changes. #tipyourfriends
Here's the Flattr blog post in question: https://blog.flattr.net/2017/12/patreon-fees/
I have to admit I find this feature VERY interesting: https://flattr.com/contributors
At least #Patreon explained why they are switching to a per-pledge transaction fee, that was kind of important. https://blog.patreon.com/updating-patreons-fee-structure/ (at the bottom)
Not sure why they couldn't have prorated things to keep their business though. I suspect they got so big that the monthly batch process was getting unwieldy and that helped contribute to the change.
I saw a lot of outrage on #Patreon's fee changes, and now I read the latest update on what they're doing and why: https://blog.patreon.com/updating-patreons-fee-structure/
What I dislike about it is that they no longer aggregate transactions, thus discouraging patrons to give support to many creators (#OneDollarPatreon), and encourage larger patronages to fewer creators.
I'm getting a lot of emails/posts from people on #Patreon talking switching over to Paypal and other sources for direct connections. I think it is sad they had to do it (mainly the "per pledge" instead of "per patron") but it is also a risk of having eggs in one basket.
Of course, going direct means the rewards have to be managed outside of Patreon because they don't have a way of having creators enter fake ones.
I wonder if I should go with "here is everything, pay if you like it."?
With the new #Patreon payment structure, *patrons* pay a fee on top of their pledge, as well as patreon taking a (now smaller) cut from the creator's balance.
I made a little spreadsheet to help me work out what the heck was going on in actual numbers.
So if I'm supported by 50 $1 pledges, I get $47.50, but supporters pay nearly $70.
Yeah, just saw the detail Per individual pledge, that sucks both in the misleading email and the one dollar patreons. :(
With this Patreon service thing, I wonder if the 2.9% + 0.35 is for all the patrons for a single person instead of per creator. The email doesn't really say.