Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Kickstarter Campaign

I just posted a poll, asking the simple question of whether or not you would donate to a Kickstarter campaign for this site.  I know I've toyed around with ideas to monetize the popularity of my work before, but this is a little different for one simple reason.

Some of you may know that I have an incurable form of leukemia that requires a sizable amount of money to treat.  Right now, that amount (after insurance pays its share) is a little over a thousand dollars a month.  I don't think I need to tell you guys that having that kind of bill thrown on top of the rest of my financial responsibilities makes for a very difficult-to-manage situation.

To combat this financial issue, I'm faced with a couple of options.  First on the list is to simply work more.  I'm fortunate to have a job where I can work as many as hours as I have to (though it's commission based), so the logic is that if I work more (I usually work 45-50 hours a week as it is), I'll make more, thus making the financial load a little easier to manage.  If I went that route, I probably wouldn't be able to post as much here.

The other option is to finally find a way to capitalize on this site's potential.  It's a little more difficult than you might imagine, simply because of its content.  Paypal won't let me put up a "Donate" button (because it's an adult site).  So I've been considering starting a Kickstarter campaign.  However, I won't if you, as the fans, find it distasteful.

So there's my conundrum in a nutshell.  I'd appreciate any input you may want to offer.


12 comments:

  1. Have you considered maybe a Patreon profile? that would let you do much the same thing but allow you to give "rewards" for different donations, like a caption about an idea/person for example

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    1. I created a Patreon profile a while back, but the response wasn't very good.

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  2. Kickstarter may not be the best option if your goal is to support the cost of your website a better option might be patreon. As an adult website your going have to see what their policy is.But no matter what your going to have to do premium content for people who support you.

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    1. That's the issue: I simply don't have the time to do more content for this site. The best I could consistently do is use people's names in the normal caption cycle, which I don't really think qualifies as "premium".

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  3. Patreon does infact allow sites such as this to have a way to donate. Unfortunately I don't quite know if you could put a "donate" button on this site. My dealings have bewn mostly Youtube with my Lets Play/Lore series. With that it was a sple use their logo and turn it into a link.

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    1. I couldn't put a "Donate" button, per se, but I could easily create a picture/link combo like I do for my books.

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    2. Exactly. The donate button just doesn't work.The picture link might work the best for this scenario. I still think this would be your best option. But I do strongly urge you to relook at PayPal once more. After going over their terms, you would fall into the same thing I do, within their terms of use and fair use laws. If you need more information, mrwilldender@gmail.com

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  4. Although I would like to donate money, after being scammed by some thieving b******s on CCBill I'll never have anything to do with their like again.
    Why not rent a PO Box.
    I'd have no problem mailing you the odd carefully disguised tenner of fiver.

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    1. That might end up being the best option.

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  5. Nikki, I would support a Patreon effort by you. Your output is way beyond any definition of 'prolific' and you deserve to be compensated.

    As for Patreon's position on adult content, Wikipedia says: "Any content creation that may be deemed pornographic photography is prohibited since a December 2014 policy change. Non-photographic sexual imagery (drawn, sculpted, or computer generated, for example) is allowed."

    Lesley Anne

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    1. It's an easy restriction to get around; I simply wouldn't post the captions to that site. Rather, I would link from here to there so that people could donate.

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