Well, I have done it, people. I have started a Patreon.
For those of you who are not in the know, Patreon is a crowdfunding website, whereby fans of a certain creator or product can donate a dollar or more (or less if they want) to their chosen creator. Patrons can unlock monetary tiers that increase the content type they see from the user, so the more you donate, the more you will get from me, and all that good stuff.
The link to my Patreon page is here, and you can donate as little as 75 pence per month (That’s the current value of the pound to the dollar), and in exchange…well, I’ll just post my patreon description:
Hello there, my name is Ben Attwood. I am 20 years old, and I am the brain behind the blog ‘If you ask me’.
A History of ‘If you ask me’
When I was 15 years of age, I started a blog on WordPress based on, of all things, a GCSE exam that I did for the English Language GCSE. One of the questions was to write a blog post for an agony uncle website, I think (some relationship thing, I can’t remember). The blog was originally called ‘electrocafe97’, with the name ‘If you ask me’. The posts I wrote early on were really just recaps of my day and ideas that I had. That soon changed.
For the uninitiated, I’d describe my posts as a mixture of opinions, ideas, and poetry. Some of my long-running opinion pieces being my review series ‘Track by Track’, wherein I review classic or new albums track by track, giving my opinion on each song. Over the years, I’ve reviewed albums by indie artists, as well as big names you will have heard of. I even had the honour of reviewing my friend’s album. The other long-running series I do is ‘Raise the Steaks’ wherein I go to pubs, restaurants, and bistros, and review the quality of steaks that they serve, as well as typical restaurant review topics, such as hygiene and waiting time. Think ‘Pengest Munch’, but with steak and written by a Northerner.
I also write a lot of poetry, and some of the best work I have written I put on the blog. Perhaps my best work though is my series of posts about anxiety and autism. As a sufferer of both, I decided to be frank and talk about the good experiences and bad experiences I have had. These posts were actually so successful, that a website contacted me to blog for them, and I wrote a series on there called ‘Advancing Through Autism’.
Why are you on Patreon?
I feel, at this point in my life, I want to try a new challenge. I know that I have fans of the blog and dedicated readers, and I have tried to give them the best content that I can write. In my time in university, perhaps the blog has been a little neglected, and this is something I want to change. I want to raise money which will: 1. Require me to write more regularly and 2. Improve the blog.
At this point in my life, I have the creativity and the drive to do this, but money is something I need to fulfil those things. And so, I ask you to support me. You will be pledging monthly for me to write 2 quality posts a month, at the very least. These posts will remain free on the blog, but if you pledge money, you can read those posts a day before they are published on the website, and there will be other perks for you as well. Supporting the blog will make the content better, and will allow me to give you the blog I have always wanted you to have.
What are the Perks?
For $1 (75p)
You will have your name on the special thank you page on the blog, as well as access to new posts a day early.
For $2 (£1.50)
You will have your name on the special thank you page on the blog, and access to new posts a day early, as well as access to an If you ask me Discord server, where we can chat and laugh and have fun.
For $5 (£3.50)
My top tier. You will get all of the previously mentioned perks, but you will also be able to give me blog ideas. If there’s something you want me to talk about or something you want me to review, then you will be able to tell me and I’ll do it. You will be my boss.
What will you do with my money?
Good question. The money will be put towards a budget to improve content on the blog, and improve the blog in general:
- If I earn $35 a month, I will be able to upgrade the website to a personal plan, for £25 a year. What this will mean is that I will get a custom domain name, and I will be able to get rid of advertisements on the blog, which would be better for loading time, and will just mean things look the way they should.
- If I earn $55 a month, I will be commissioning an artist or graphic designer to make a new header image, a new logo, and new cover pictures for my two long-running series, Track by Track and Raise the Steaks. Graphic design isn’t cheap so every penny towards that goal would mean that the blog can become more original.
- If I earn $120 a month, then I will commission a website designer to build a new If you ask me website. This will likely mean the end of this particular WordPress.com website, but it will mean that you will finally have Ifyouaskme.com. Best of all, the website will look exactly like I always wanted it to look, and will be just brilliant.
And that’s my pitch. The link is up above, and if you can donate 75p a month to the blog, then you will be amazing, and the blog will be even better. Thank you.