I'm a bit overwhelmed with gratitude. I woke up this morning to discover that the number of Patrons on the Patreon account had increased by almost a hundred contributors! From 162 to 257.
That's so great. THANK YOU!!
Many people chip in a dollar a month, and a fair number contribute more than that. One reader pledged $20 a month. It's possible that was a mistake, though—he might have believed he was making a one-time contribution rather than a monthly one. I'll email him and check on that, just to make sure.
If you're employed and get a regular paycheck, it can seem sort of confining: no matter how hard you work, generally your dosh just arrives in the same little lump every two weeks, with a bunch of fees, tariffs and taxes pre-extracted for your "convenience." Even if you have a decent job it can seem paltry. You can't make it get bigger at will.
Actually, though, the regularity and relative steadiness of your income is another thing you might want to be thankful for. It's actually another "benefit" of a normal job. As all you professional photographers (or former professional photographers) out there already know, one reason being self-employed is precarious is that the income isn't dependable; it goes up and down. Up is good; down is bad; but ask anyone who's self-employed: the irregularity, the unsteadiness of it, can be its own headache, and create problems all by itself. Consider all the people out there who are said to live "paycheck to paycheck"—not an ideal situation, granted, but it's something most freelancers can't do. You can't indebt yourself up to the level of your income if your income fluctuates.
Ask any pro photographer if they'd take a job that regularly paid them the amount of income they got during their best month ever—I predict almost all of them would jump at that. Ask any pro or freelancer about their worst little stretch, however, and you'll likely hear a vivid doleful tale in which bill collectors, dark thoughts about pawn shops, and the cessation electric and phone service will most likely figure. If I could depend on TOP's best-ever month on a steady basis, I'd be living in Hawaii with young maidens fanning me with palm fronds. On the other hand, if I earned the equivalent of TOP's worst month every month, I'd have to be flipping burgers or selling shoes for a living and writing posts like this in my spare time.
Anyway, this Patreon "tip" income is going to help not only because it's, well, money, but also because it's steady. I'll be able to count on it every month. That helps in a big way.
One of my pet jokes (I have a number of them*) is that "my retirement plan is to keep working." Which is a yuk, but not really a bad goal. TOP will turn twelve this year. I'm game for another twelve, if enough of you are.
Thanks again. You are very kind.
Q: What kind of woman will put up with a sixty-year-old man?
A: One who's already been married to him for thirty years.
I made that up, by the way. If you're a BOGG—beardy old grumpy guy—you can modify it by substituting your own age for "sixty," and the number of years you've been married for "thirty," when you tell it to your wife. You might want to save it for when she's mad at you. No charge for stuff like this! TOP is such a deal.
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T G McKenna: "No mistake—just making up for the past 10 years of free enjoyment. (I buy too little from Amazon to make much difference to your lifestyle)."
Mike replies: Oh, good. Thanks again.
Lois Elling: "Thanks for the laugh—especially your second joke. I happen to be married to a BOGG, but sometimes I think I'm the grumpier one. Since I noticed a reply you'd made about having to give up on PayPal, I cancelled my PayPal payments to you and switched to Patreon. Still happy to contribute. TOP is high on my favorite places to hang out."