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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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I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
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Liam Dawe 7 March 2016 at 8:43 pm UTC
ripperWould you also consider creating a page on Flattr and adding the link to the "Support us" page? It looks like this (example):
https://flattr.com/profile/openstreetmap

People can either do a one-time donation, or subscribe to it and a portion of their monthly budget is sent to you each month.

Tried it before, it was useless as no one used it. I would also prefer to keep all of it in one place as its easier to manage on all fronts especially for one person.
Sunburst 7 March 2016 at 10:17 pm UTC
Congratulations! It's really inspiring when somebody, after so much time and effort, can finally devote to his passion full-time and earn money from it. Only a few people can claim they have a privilege like that. Keep the good work!

After this milestone, I think it would be nice if you release an article showing a chronology of how GoL started and how it developed until this special day. I checked a few weeks ago and I found that you're writing since 2010! It really has been a long time.

One suggestion: please don't abandon completely the brief format of the articles; I'm sure there are a lot of people who is rather busy (I'm one of them, actually) and it would be a shame if I can't read everything because they start to become very long. And yes, I read absolutely every article, every day. Though, in the event that you start to write only long articles, please, at least use a format with a lot of sections but with few paragraphs for each one of them.

Thanks for taking the time to read this reply.
Shugyousha 8 March 2016 at 6:35 pm UTC
Thanks for all the work you have been putting into the site! Pledged!
mulletdeath 8 March 2016 at 7:10 pm UTC
I really hope this works out for you, guy. This is the only gaming news site I even read or care about.
ripper 15 April 2016 at 3:43 pm UTC
liamdaweSure, you can paypal if you like paypal@gamingonlinux.com. I should add that back in.

Liam, is this still valid? If it is, could you add it to https://www.gamingonlinux.com/support-us/ to make it look official and also help me (and others) find it? I prefer one-time donations through PayPal, and I'm not sure I'll find this information buried in the article history again when I search for it in a few months. Thanks.


Last edited by ripper on 15 April 2016 at 3:45 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 15 April 2016 at 4:54 pm UTC
No, please do not use that Paypal. Patreon is the only way currently to keep it simple for me.
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