Today starts a monthly post series. Each month about this time, I’m going to share with you the ways I supported some of the Free I enjoy online.
Now, I’m not doing this to look like some kind of hero. I’m posting it publicly so I’ll stay accountable. If I know you’re watching, I’ll keep this up. And it’s important, so I want to keep it up.
I’ve actually been thinking about this practice for a long time. Originally, I thought I’d share the purchases I made in support of the craft community, but as we saw in this comment discussion, that idea is rather fraught with complications. So I simplified. Each month, depending on my income level, I will spend some amount of money in support of the online Free that’s benefited me.
And so, here’s what I did in January.
I’ve enjoyed a lot of June Gilbank’s free crochet patterns over the years. She does great designs. And I was excited to see her release this cute heart pattern as donation-ware. You can get it for Free on her blog, or make a small donation to her blog via PayPal, and get a nice PDF version.
I like this model! And I love the pattern. Donating for it felt like a win-win.
One thing was clear from all that comment discussion, people have mixed feelings about tip jars. But I like them. Sometimes, you just want to give a blogger you like the equivalent of a cup of coffee as a thank you. So I dropped a little in Tammy’s tip jar. Good on you for making your desire for support known, Tammy!
And the lion’s share of my Supporting Free money this month went outside the craft community. I made a long-overdue donation to Audacity, the free recording and editing software that has helped me create over 300 Free and paid podcasts. All the years I’ve been using this program, I haven’t contributed a dime to its upkeep. I feel ashamed of this now.
If you think about it, how many Free tools does your small business depend upon?
So that’s January. I’ll see you next month. Please keep watching, and keep me accountable. I think it’ll be very educational to look at the ways we really can support Free, and it may lead us to some entirely new ideas. Thank you for taking this journey with me!