Patreon and Other Encouragements

A half of mild ale.

We’ve just launched a Patreon page so that you can support this blog in its second decade, if you want to.

Patre­on is a ser­vice that makes it easy for those who enjoy art and media to encour­age and finan­cial­ly con­tribute to those who make it.

The idea is that you make a recur­ring month­ly pay­ment of any amount you fan­cy. There are increas­ing rewards for dif­fer­ent lev­els of sup­port, e.g. a spe­cial ebook for those who sign up for $5 or more a month. There are also goals we com­mit to with each fund mile­stone.

You can read more about all that on the Patre­on page itself along with respons­es to some fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions and feed­back we’ve already received.

The main point is that it’s not com­pul­so­ry and that the blog will con­tin­ue as it is either way, except hope­ful­ly bet­ter. You can also can­cel your sup­port at any time – it’s not a huge com­mit­ment.

Thanks to those who have pledged already after hear­ing about this in our email newslet­ter – we real­ly appre­ci­ate it.

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Update 14/02/2018: Feed­back sug­gest­ed some peo­ple want­ed to donate but not in US dol­lars and not on an ongo­ing basis. With that in mind we’ve signed up with Ko-Fi which allows you to make a quick one-off pay­ment at about the price of a cup of cof­fee, pint of ale, or sec­ond-hand paper­back.

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Detail from the cover of Gambrinus Waltz.

If you don’t fan­cy Patre­on you can also con­tribute by buy­ing our books: Brew Bri­tan­nia is just going into a sec­ond edi­tion (slight­ly small­er and cheap­er, with cor­rec­tions) and our new book, about pubs, should be avail­able to pre-order soon.

If you buy our short ebook, Gam­bri­nus Waltz, from Ama­zon we earn 70% of the £2.00 cov­er price and you get to read a book Mar­tyn Cor­nell has called ‘excel­lent’. You don’t need a Kin­dle either – Ama­zon offers free apps for phones, tablets and desk­top PCs. This is as close as you can get to buy­ing us a half down the pub unless, er, you bump into us in a pub.

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Victorian clip art man: I Endorse Boak & Bailey.

And if even that’s a bit rich for your pock­et there’s always the small­est unit of pay­ment: shares and endorse­ments on social media. It’s costs noth­ing but is a big boost for our morale and helps us find new read­ers. We’re not ask­ing you to spam any­one – just tell peo­ple about us if you think they’ll find the blog gen­uine­ly inter­est­ing. We’re easy to find as ‘boakand­bai­ley’ on Twit­ter, Face­book and Insta­gram if you want to point peo­ple our way.

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If you’re a reg­u­lar fol­low­er we hope you’ll trust us not to bloody go on about this – we’ll men­tion it every now and then in pass­ing prob­a­bly but oth­er­wise this is it.

One thought on “Patreon and Other Encouragements”

  1. It is inter­est­ing how there are no com­ments when mon­ey is involved, or in this case, a request for pay­ment.
    Sub­scrib­ing is all a bit too com­mit­tal to me – but I think the blog is great, and I will send a cheque for twen­ty quid through the post in order to buy the books.
    Maybe some read­ers are wait­ing for instruc­tions as to how to pay in bit­coins ?

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