You know, I often let you guys know I am not monetizing this blog even though no one’s asked. But with the amount of posts I write on the subject, it sure seems like I want to. I don’t. At least not yet. But I do see people talk about the subject a lot and the information available is really more general and rarely suited to our specific needs. See how I snuck myself back into the group!
I have no experience with this issue either so I can’t teach you anything here. Teaching in general is not one of my strengths. But I am pretty decent at data mining and gathering. I thought we could do that together today. If you’ll be so kind as to humour me here, I have two simple questions with pertinent polls for you to take. These are some of the basic questions most bloggers tend to ask themselves when going the monetization route.
First, if you were to give money to a blog, would you prefer the option to give one time sums with options such as Kofi, do you like the idea of more long term subsidizing which will provide you with some reward in exchange, basically Patreon, or do you have no preference?
Second, and this is a slightly more tricky question: is there a specific type of content you are more likely to subsidize. Even if you are not currently in a situation where you can afford to pay for something like this, what type of blog would you be most likely to pay for under other circumstances.
For instance, do you look for hard working bloggers who post often and consistently? Maybe you’re the type that reads blogs as part of your daily/weekly routine so you really appreciate someone who can stick to their release schedule. Maybe you’re less comfortable paying on a monthly basis if you can’t be sure anything will be published that month.
Or it could be that you favour originality. Perhaps what you look for is a blog that provides the types of posts you can’t find anywhere else and that’s why you want to encourage them to keep going. Of course coming up with something new and unique takes a bit more time but you think it’s worth the wait.
Are you a lover of the written word and do you look to blogs for literary prowess (clearly not if you’re here)? Perhaps you really would like to be a patron of the Arts and as such you’re actually looking for writing talent and skill and are less interested in the substance of posts.
Then again, maybe you’re the type that looks for a personal connection? You want to know who you are sponsoring so you’re more likely to go for blogs with personal posts and a more intimate tone. Not necessarily bloggers that do diary entries but those that put a bit of themselves in their writing no matter the subject. And you don’t mind that these tend to be subjective, less researched or informative since they’re restricted to first hand experience.
Finally, you might be the practical type, and you just want your money to go to whoever needs it most and will use it best? You like your bloggers to let you know why they need the dough and exactly what they’ll do with it before you can commit to anything.
Or maybe you prioritize something completely different I had not thought of at all. You should let me know!
I know you guys hate taking polls but I do hope you participate in good numbers to this one. I am quite sure that this information will interest a few bloggers. I also think it may help some of us to figure out how we want to proceed with our blogs. That’s a worthy cause!
The more data we can get on this the better so please feel free to share, repost or write your own post on the subject. Just let me know the results so I can compile everything together and we can get the best idea of what anime blog readers like. I’ll leave this pinned here for a couple of weeks and try to get people’s opinions through my other platforms as well. I’m not very popular there so success may be limited. I figure we can reconvene in two weeks and see what we got? Does that sound good?
Oh and here’s a super bonus question for those extra special readers who are nice enough to answer in the comments. What types of Patreon rewards would you be most excited about. A lot of bloggers offer special posts or patron only reviews, but is there something else you’d like. I don’t really know what. A chance to podcast with your favourite blogger? A face reveal? A recommendation list tailored to your specific tastes? I’m grasping at straws here so help me out guys. Gimme some ideas!