Welcome to my first Flattr report: NaNoWriMo, Twitter, and being a jerk but in a nice way.
I decided most recently to spread some love in the direction of NaNoWriMo. ‘Tis the season, after all. Or at least it will be very soon. November is coming and soon caffeine starved novelists will be crowding the forums, flooding their pages with joyous literary abandon. As a habitually caffeine starved novelist I find the support they’ve given me invaluable. Nevertheless, I’ve never been able to donate. I’ve got one or two much smaller forums that I try to support when I can–which is less often than I’d like–and NaNoWriMo always seems to do alright in the end with it’s more than 100,000 participants.
Still, it makes me sad not to be able to support something that has supported me.
Now, our friends over at NaNo’s Office of Letters and Light haven’t actually been initiated into the Flattrverse. However, the Flattr people are not deterred by such a trivial matter and devised some time ago a way around this problem: Flattring via a Twitter name.
I’ve once before used Twitter to Flattr when I decided to invite Greg X Graves–one of the writers who was here back in August with some interesting insights into Bruce Willis and Dragons–to join the club. I don’t believe he has yet, but his stories are good anyway so we can forgive him. (Or we can keep Flattring him via @burnfirewalls !)
For the second time, I felt a bit like a jerk Flattring someone by Twitter. It’s like “Hey, I gave you $1! But you can’t get it until you join the club. . .”
If enough people are big, Flattring jerks, maybe the Flattr-worthy will decide that the club is worth joining.
I hope so. I hope that NaNoWriMo decides to put up a button. I think it could be of good use to them. Though they shelter many young people, college students, and struggling authors who don’t have anything more than pocket change to give, if you add up over 100,000 people’s pocket change, that’s . . . well, a hell of a lot more than pocket change.
Maybe they’ll decide it’s worth it. Here’s hoping.
And in the meantime . . . @NaNoWriMo