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Patreon cuts deep inside creators’ pockets

I recently requested my Patreon supporters to move their patronage to my Donorbox so I can avoid Patreon’s high platform fees.Lately I came to realize that the actual cut Patreon takes from us creators is far higher than the cleverly advertised ~8-10%, which isn’t low to begin with. For example, there are additional charges for non-US PayPal payments...

My articles on blogging

In case it wasn’t abundantly clear already, I love blogging. And I love it when people start a blog. Even more so when friends do. Blogging is the first step towards more thoughtful publishing on the Internet, as opposed to attention-mongering social platforms, and a way to actually own what you create and share. Here are some articles and posts I’ve...

Introducing a network for thoughtful conversations

The quality of conversations on the Internet is terrible. Most platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, etc. optimize for engagement as their key metric. This spawns and rewards behavior that leads to bragging of gameable metrics such as likes and followers, self-feeding thought bubbles, knee-jerk reactions, “if you’re not on our side you’re...

I participated in a Photoblogging Challenge!

Micro.blog, a micro-blogging platform as well as a nice little community of bloggers, hosted its latest Photoblogging Challenge this May. I didn’t take part in their October 2021 Challenge but this time I was in the mood to give it a shot. The idea is simple: there are community-suggested prompts selected for each day of the month, and you have to post...

Ending the decade as a professional science writer

How it started (2011) vs. How it’s going (2022) for me, Jatan Mehta.Early daysI started blogging in 2011 out of a desire to share the excitement of science with people. My initial writings were amateur to say the least, and remained so for years. But I kept writing anyway. Fast forward to 2020 and my articles have been published on respected publications...

My articles on open source and privacy

I love open source software and care about digital privacy. After being frustrated by the usability and privacy nightmare that was the 2014 release of Windows 10, I switched to using Linux and discovered a whole new way of doing things. It turns out you can have customization, simplicity and privacy all without having to pay a dime.While I ultimately...

On having a bare-bones website

This has been my website since over three months now.jatan.spaceA friend looked at it and said, “There’s nothing in here.”Actually, there’s everything in there that needs to be. As a writer, what better function could my website serve than lead people to my words?Why would I include social media icons when my actual work lives on my two linked blogs?...

The website I always wanted but never knew

jatan.spaceAlso see: Brutalist Web Design

How does Substack handle link redirects

If you’re planning to move your blog to Substack, you should know how it handles link redirects. Substack redirects and maps links on your old blog to your new one automatically, including the main RSS feed. So none of your links will break if you move your blog to Substack, and people following your blog using RSS will continue to do so. Of course,...

M1 MacBook Air vs Surface Laptop 4

So a friend was looking for a good laptop in the $1000 range and I recommended her the venerable M1 MacBook Air, which is what I have and love. She went to a well known Indian retailer where a sales representative was trying to get her to buy Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 instead. He told her that the M1 MacBook Air heats up more quickly, and that the...

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