How Facebook is killing [insert creative income here], and why I give money to Amanda Palmer

It’s a depressing day when people yearn for the old days of website traffic driving ad income, yet… here we are. This article rings true in so many ways – not just for comedy, but any independent creation hoping to leverage the internet for compensation.

On a positive note, I did not come across this article through a Facebook algorithm, but rather my Patreon support for Amanda Palmer. I’ve been paying attention to her for a few years now, believing the way she manages her career to now be the most sustainable model possible for earning a living by independent creation.

I’m not even a big fan of her music – yet here I am happily giving her money on a regular basis. I believe she and other like-minded creators are carving out a blueprint for income generation that will become more popular, if not outright necessary, in the coming years.

If you want to know how anyone producing anything on their own can hope to make a living on the internet outside of the media meat-grinder, follow Amanda Palmer’s lead. Facebook isn’t doing you any concrete good anyways.

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Kirk Wight

I am a Code Wrangler at Automattic, helping make the best it can be. Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada is where I call home. Lover, not a fighter.

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