For the last 18 months or so I’ve found myself singing the same song whenever anyone asks how things are going. Good, but that I need to stop allowing this unpaid circus writing work to be such a drain on my own finite resources of time and money.
When this website started, it was an experiment. I didn’t know if anybody else would be interested in what I write. Now the stats show over 86,000 views from more than 100 different countries, and my email inbox receives words of thanks and encouragement from academics, performers, producers and fans; it seems people are interested.
So if there’s value in the work I’m doing, it seems fair that I get paid for it, right? I don’t want to go down the route of advertising people’s shows, as that could be seen as a conflict of interests when the time to review rolls round. So I’ve set up a funding stream called Patreon. It’s similar to a subscription, so people can pay each month (from as little as $1 – whatever you think the content’s worth!) and I continue providing reviews and industry news etc. That’s the theory.
There are also some grand plans for bigger and better things along the line if this community funding model takes off, so please have a look, and subscribe if you can. Especially if you think this site is a resource worth having.
Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/thecircusdiaries