I guess the was ahead of the curve. I got dumped (for economic reasons, which is all the more maddening) just BEFORE the 'rona hit, and everything went pear-shaped for everyone.
So, the response to this so far has been heart-warming. Those with stable income have either continued, or increased.
Personally, I can't make long-term commitments, but I have been buying (and commissioning) art - whilst I can.
What I really wish is that the likes of Patreon could take ad-hoc donations. Would certainly suit me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one not knowing what's happening month-to-month.
@grumpysmiffy My spending has gone down and my income has stayed stable so I've been supporting *more* people on Patreon.
@grumpysmiffy No, if anything I've donated more. I'm lucky enough to be in a position where I'm relatively secure, and this crisis has made many more people less secure
@grumpysmiffy Recently I've been fortunate with work and keep up with donations, buy things on bandcamp etc. - but when I was setting out as a contractor without stable clients a while ago I had no qualms about dropping all voluntary obligations. I firmly believe there's enough disposable income floating around to prop up the modest needs of fediverse communities, without anyone having to make difficult choices about their money.
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