I think I’ve made a horrible mistake, and I’m so sorry. On reflection, I’m really not comfortable with Patreon, and I’m not comfortable with asking you for money again. The whole reason for this blog was for me to try and figure stuff out, and it just kind of happened that in some way that helped you figure things out too. I never set out to make a career of it, because I never knew how it would grow and I think I lost my way a little recently. I guess what I’ve realised the last couple of months, among many, many other things, is how much I want all of this work to be at the centre of my life, but it can’t, not really, or at least not right now. I can blog in my spare time, I can share what I’m learning with 3.0 as and when I can. But after that?
I’m not sure there is an after that. I’m still out of work and unsure when and if I’ll be cleared to go back, but either way, I need to start giving some thought to how I might make a living going forward. If I don’t get back to my day job, then I’ll have to work something else out. But that’s my problem, not yours, and it was really unfair of me to make it yours.
I’m truly sorry for any offence I may have caused any of you in starting out with Patreon, I hope that you can understand I did it with the best of (if slightly misguided) intentions. I’m not going to stop writing. But I am going to stop asking you for anything other than the wonderful moral support you have always given so freely.
Everything that has been donated to Patreon will be returned in full, I hope I haven’t damaged anything beyond repair. As always, thank you for your patience, understanding and honesty.