16 Responses to “Fund Me!”

  1. joanspilman Says:

    Couldn’t agree more. And I also hate the “invitations to donate” on FB as well.

  2. Lillian Jardim Says:

    I absolutely agree with this. Luckily mostly my friends have not taken to doing this but I would be disgusted if they did.

  3. LMH Says:

    I’m gobsmacked!!! The only thing you are missing is the narcissism!

  4. Judy Galyon Says:

    I agree with you Pat!! Anything I want I do NOT expect other people to pay for! To me, those types of people consider themselves “Entitled”. My mother raised me better than that!

  5. SheilaDeeth Says:

    My son has “funded” the creation and release of a board game because he loved the idea and wanted to see it done right (and to get his own copy and play it afterward), but there the finding is more like a pre-purchase – he ends up with a game; the creators end up with the support to know it’s worth investing in wooden counters and thick cardboard pieces.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      That’s what I thought crowdfunding was about — funding (or getting funds for) worthwhile creative and artistic endeavors, and ending up with a piece of the art or some other tangible benefit.

  6. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I think the idea is that people have a hand in the creation of a work of media. It’s the modern form of being a patron of the arts, in a sense. It also can help get a product out sooner or ensures something that already looks really good is even better on release. Plenty of YouTube channels who produce specialized content and don’t use corporate backers use crowdfunding and patrons to make up for the lack of funds YouTube no longer provides through ad revenue (a whole other discussion for another time). And I know of a programmer who’s been able to work full-time on creating a game without a large team or company behind him, for at least five years, through crowdfunding and patron donations.
    I also think a part of it is those who donate want the creators to have more creative control over their works. There have been too many stories of creatives who have gotten a corporate backer, only for the company to say, “We want you to make these changes because we think this will be more popular.” And then the final product turns out to suck, and when people hear about the original creator’s intent, they’re like, “Why didn’t we get that?” This way, even if the final product sucks, it’s at least true to a creator’s vision, and not what some bigwig in a suit thinks is popular.
    But yeah, I can’t see myself doing this sort of thing either. Maybe accepting money for teaching a seminar or workshop, or applying to grants to help me along as a writer, and maybe ad revenue from people reading my blog. I know plenty of writers who use Patreons or GoFundMe, and I think, if it works for them and allows them to write, good for them. However, those sort of things come with their own obligations to the donors (e.g. a new, donor-exclusive short story per month), which I can’t do. And I just see myself using one of those things. Maybe someday to donate to the creation of a product, but not for my own use.
    Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

  7. Curvy Girl Slays Says:

    I agree. But there is no shame anymore.

  8. Cicy Says:

    Boy what nerve

  9. Royann Behrmann Says:

    Right on! I get tired of others expecting something from me , when I have much to do myself just to stay above water.

  10. Fund Me Too | Bertram's Blog Says:

    […] my surprise, when I wrote about being appalled by this high-tech panhandling — getting others to fund things we choose to do — many people agreed. In fact, some […]


Please leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: