Since launching the weekly newsletter almost two years ago, I’ve been getting great comments praising the curation, mix of topics, and the connections I make between them. A common question is “how do you do it?” It’s pretty simple; I love the process, the discovery, and the connections. It’s also the best way I’ve found to stay “top of mind” for
hundreds thousands of people, some of whom then turn to me for Though Partnership. Even so, it takes a lot of time to produce and it doesn’t make sense every week to spend that many hours on something I give for free.
To reduce the gap between time and revenu, a few months ago I added the option of becoming a patron. You hit subscribe below, either yearly or monthly, and that money helps close that gap a bit. It’s an old school model (hello Renaissance and roughly all of history) but it’s also a pretty trendy way of supporting publications you enjoy.
Like Jason Kottke, Tim Carmody, and others are doing, I’m operating under the idea of “unlocked commons” which means no paywall, no exclusives. The newsletter stays the same, will have the same breath of topics, same frequency, won’t be flooded with ads, and will remain free. As I said, Patrons help take some of the production pressure off while keeping the newsletter available to everyone.
TL;DR: If you get some value from Sentiers and feel like giving a hand to make it a bit more sustainable, I encourage you to come onboard as patron.
You can also support monthly for $3.
And if you’re feeling very generous, you can pitch in $60 for one year.