It was only last month that I reluctantly put up minimal ads on my blog to cover maintenance costs for all my science websites. Since then some amazing people signed up to support me on Patreon and thus I’m so happy to say that I’m making my blog completely ad-free for everyone. 🚀
Please keep in mind that this only covers maintenance costs so I request that if you like my work on communicating space exploration & science, consider supporting me on Patreon and give me a boost. 🛰
It takes a lot of time and effort to write a good article. One needs to do quite a bit of research, ponder upon the topic and structure it, and then carefully write and edit a piece tailored to its intended audience. To maintain a proper blog with many such articles is an even bigger effort than the sum of its parts. This type of work and the value it brings cannot sustain if people enjoying the content do not pay in any way.
Why not earn from publications, ads or donations?
There are indeed different ways to earn as a science writer, but each has its caveats.
- Donations: For a long time, I kept all my sites completely ad-free. I made all donation options available and put out requests at various times. Suffice to say, I didn’t even receive enough donations to cover website hosting and domain costs!
- Ads: Ads are distracting, evil when in the form of tracking ads and they create all the wrong incentives for publishers. This results in publishers prioritizing ad viewing over content, affecting the content quality while also frustrating their readers. I don’t think it’s worth slapping ads all over my blog just to get a few bucks.
- Publications: Writing for media publications is the most common way to earn as a freelance writer, and that’s what I do. But it comes at the cost of independent writing; publications filter content to their preferences and whims. Basically, you cannot just write on a topic because it’s important or if it’s cool. Further, consider that most publications earn from ads so the core problem isn’t really solved.
I thus strongly believe that only a direct funding model like Patreon can sustain independent, high-quality and consistent content creation.
I will continue to keep all my websites free for everyone to access and benefit from. With your support, I can dedicate more time for awesome space content and sustain from it. So if you like my work and want to see more, consider becoming a patron and help me become an independent creator. 🚀️
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