Pirates for Parliament! (Again!)

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Now that I’m FAIRLY certain this is not a joke…………………………… This week, the new generation of creators and fans alike got some amazing news: another hero has volunteered to carry our voice into the halls of government. The grey-haired old guard in suits cannot ignore the internet generation much longer: Peter Sunde, founder of the… Read more »

The Future For Writers

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Novels are special, so the novelists say. Novels are special because they are the skyscrapers of the literary world: pages piled high with wide, sweeping horizons, long histories, complex machines of character and society.  A novels is big, no matter the page count.  The builder must find not only a way to survive the construction of this skyscraper, but… Read more »

What Flattr Is For

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Three months?  Three months?  checking… checking…  Yup.  Three months since my last Flattr-related post.  Time for an update! Last fall, I talked about the Flattr community and philosophy. But the practical application is really what the creative communities are watching for.  What is concrete realization of the philosophy?  What are the tangible benefits? I wondered too.  And… Read more »

Yes, I Paid A Blogger!

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Several actually. Two weeks and two days after Pay A Blogger Day, here are my reflections on it.  After two weeks passed, I was going to slink away in shame rather than post this embarrassingly late  report, but on December 12th, the Flattr folk posted their recap of Pay A Blogger Day.  And, hey, if they… Read more »

Pay A Blogger Day

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No, really.  We don’t do this for the money. November 29th is Pay a Blogger Day. As a poor writer who looks forward every day to coming home from work, staying up late into the night, and waking up early to blog, I can say with some authority we do not do it for the money.  Day… Read more »

Flattr Problem #3 that’s not really a problem

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WTF is this?  See: Problem #1: “begging” for money Problem #2: no guarantees The third hurdle for Flattr to clear deals specifically with their visibility–or lack thereof. Not many writers have Flattr buttons because most writers have never heard of Flattr.  The way around this should be simple: tell them!  Spread the word and welcome… Read more »

Flattr: Problem #2 that’s not really a problem

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(WTF is this?  See Problem #1) The second hurdle Flattr faces is that it can’t guarantee that the artists in its community make much money, or really any money at all. True enough.  But I see two problems with the logic of this criticism. Firstly, it has never been true of any system ever that… Read more »

Welcome to the Flattrverse, TUEBL!

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 The Ultimate E-Book Library, or TUEBL, is now Flattrable! This is exciting news for those of us who want to support our local internet library.  Until recently, there were the usual options available for those who wanted to chuck a few dollars their way.  However, recently  TUEBL has faced the financial blockade that’s becoming an… Read more »