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How I Supported some Free in April
Whew! I'm running at top speed over here, but I realized that I didn't post the results of my April efforts to support Free in the community. That's such an important project to me, I decided to break my blogging break (as it were).
First, I made a small donation to Kirsty Hall's 365 Jars project. Go read about it - it's awesome. She's creating a piece of art based on a jar each and every day for the coming year. And she's hiding the jars in whatever locale she happens to be. Sometimes people find them, and log into her website to report the finds.
Kirsty has been an awesome guest on the podcast - we've talked about her last daily art project, and about being authentic online. I love what she's doing here, and respect the fact that she's needed to re-arrange a lot of her life to take on this project.
I also made a donation to Carina Envoldsen-Harris. She has a very interesting fundraising effort going on at her blog right now. She wants to start doing embroidery video tutorials, but she needs a video camera. So she put out a call for donations, and some of her readers are responding.
Personally, I like having this opportunity to help a crafter who's work I really enjoy branch out into other forms of media. Since I'll be the beneficiary of the video how-to's, it definitely feels like a win to me.
Oh, and finally, I do this every month, but thought I'd mention it again here. Flattr is a micropayment system that lets you pay small amounts of money to blogs and posts you like. You can set yourself a monthly limit of $5.00 or more, and then just click the Flattr buttons you see on various websites. At the end of the month, Flattr divides your monthly amount by the number of clicks you made, and pays people.
I think Flattr has a whole lot of potential for making blogging and Free content more sustainable. It gives us all a super easy way to pay and be paid, and because we're talking about such small amounts, it's easier to afford. (And, speaking as a Flattr user, those tiny payments do add up over time!) Flattr has recently simplified itself, too, so it's easier than ever to use.
Thanks, as always, for witnessing this little project!