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I am launching a Patreon campaign to support me and GamingOnLinux

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After researching it properly, talking to friends and family who have given their support I have decided based on feedback to launch my own personal Patreon campaign to fund me and the GamingOnLinux website.

Find my Patreon here.
Note: Payments are taken monthly between 1st-3rd of each month.

Instead of a Patreon campaign being under the GamingOnLinux umbrella, it will be directly under me for tax purposes. Essentially this makes me self employed rather than running as business which is the correct way to do this (as GOL is not a business or a company).

This will be my only job as a self employed person, and it's exciting to finally be doing it.

What does this mean for GOL?
It means I can legitimately spend all the time I want on the website. Even without funding I was putting in 30+ hours a week into it to talk to developers, write articles, livestream and work on the websites actual code. It takes its toll, but it will be worth it with funding as I love doing it.

It means articles can be longer and more informative than they are currently, as at times they can be too short for my liking.

It means I will take things more seriously when talking to developers about ports, and testing the many ports that I do.

It means I can legitimately invest in a better microphone for our videos and livestreams, as I am currently using an extremely cheap and poor quality headset microphone.

It means an additional livestream each week done by me in addition to Samsai's weekly livestream.

What I won't be doing
I will treat you all the same if you fund me or if you don't. It's important to me to just do what you guys like me to do, and not hound you for money. I will occasionally pop up an article asking for support, or the occasional tweet, but I won't ask too often and if I do, please tell me.

We still refuse to show any adverts that would breach anyone's privacy (no adsense here folks). The only thing we may do in future is have static links/images to games. That depends on how/good bad the Patreon does, and hopefully even that will never happen.

I won't do "clickbait". I don't think I ever have done, and I don't plan on doing it now. I hate it, you hate it. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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fakk2 6 March 2016 at 6:21 pm UTC
Already pledged, I prefer simple paypal donation, but patreon will do.

This page is my #1 stop for info on linux gaming. Keep up the good work.
Liam Dawe 6 March 2016 at 6:23 pm UTC
fakk2Already pledged, I prefer simple paypal donation, but patreon will do.

This page is my #1 stop for info on linux gaming. Keep up the good work.

Thanks a lot, I know people prefer Paypal at times, but Patreon makes it far simpler for me.
wolfyrion 6 March 2016 at 6:34 pm UTC
I have pledged but no money taken from my card? or this is happening end of the month?
Liam Dawe 6 March 2016 at 6:39 pm UTC
wolfyrionI have pledged but no money taken from my card? or this is happening end of the month?

Patreon take payments monthly around 1-3rd of each month, I will clarify this in the article and on Patreon directly.
GBee 6 March 2016 at 6:48 pm UTC
wolfyrionIn order to survive these days you need around 200+ Patreons if they donate 5$.

He'll need at least 330 to be making minimum wage (in UK) and I hope he gets a lot more than that

Going self-employed can be scary and stressful, I wish you luck Liam.
Liam Dawe 6 March 2016 at 7:30 pm UTC
GuestAre you earning from the site? (or trying to)
Because if you're not, why not just set up a yearly crowd funder, for just the cost of the site.
No self employment, no taxman, no problems.

Sorry if the article wasn't clear enough, but this is for an income.
lvlark 6 March 2016 at 9:00 pm UTC
fakk2This page is my #1 stop for info on linux gaming. Keep up the good work.
This is what it's like for me. The only kind of gaming that interests me is Linux gaming.

Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to pledge, but I hope this works out for you! I think you deserve it, quality work you're delivering. (Too many journalists out there that don't know their stuff. Both inside and outside of technology.)
Kithop 6 March 2016 at 9:28 pm UTC
I was part of the previous pledge group, realised even after that stopped you're still putting out great content, even if I don't have the time to watch things like livestreams when they happen because of time zones and such.

Almost every time I find out about a new game or game being ported, it's links to this very site that I'm sharing with my gaming friends - one of whom has been frustrated with Windows 10 and actually switched almost full time to Linux, and another who is thinking of using a slightly older PC for Linux gaming. They ask me questions about technologies and games, and between here and Phoronix I feel like I'm up to date on the bleeding edge of what's new and upcoming.

Definitely resubmitted my pledge (up to 25 backers now!) - you do great work.
mirv 6 March 2016 at 11:44 pm UTC
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There's not much I can say that others haven't already said, just keep up the good work: your coverage of GNU/Linux gaming is most appreciated. Pledged!
subwolf 7 March 2016 at 12:38 am UTC
Request: Add a $1 pledge level, saying you thanks for the support, every little bit helps. If 300 people pledge $1 you're well on your way. Starting at $5 makes a barrier to entry for those not overflowing with cash.
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