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 pay each month, and I continue making content. 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
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