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22 June 2010 @ 08:35 pm
questions/poll: crowdfunded poems?  
Clarion, like everything else in California, has more budget problems than predicted. They're holding a write-a-thon this year (and kehrli is participating*! Do fund him! *twists arms*). I am simply not well enough to do a write-a-thon and anyway I shouldhave to be writing my dissertation.

But I do have poetry. And I've figured out that even if I don't write more just now, I have 11 poems that a) I haven't the spoons to figure out where to send and b) have never been up on my lj, though two have been up, locked, on seajules ' lj.

So -- would offering them for crowdfunded donations to Clarion be reasonable?  I'd put them up unlocked for all once donations reached a threshold (to be determined).  If I do it.  Which I am not sure about just yet, cause, really, I have trouble imagining that anyone would want to throw money at me...

ETA: don't know how to edit the poll, but question 3 would be in total, not per person.

So!  Poll!

Poll #1582512 Crowdsourcing poll

Would you be interested in seeing more poems here?

Other (in comments)

Would you chip in to see more poems here?

Other (in comments)

Reasonable donation amount per poem? (check any/all)

$10 or less
More than $20
Depends on poem length

* And probably several other friends of mine but I am too out of it to figure out who just now. Post later on that, health allowing
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thistle in greythistleingrey on June 23rd, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
In the last question, do you mean total or per money-contributing person? (Total, I think, but--)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 23rd, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Yes, total :)
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on June 23rd, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
I have no qualms about paying pro rates for crowdfunded poetry, in theory.

I sometimes wonder whether the poems have been edited and really considered, tho.

Basically, I like paying for polished poetry instead of raw drafts.

I hope I don't sound terribly snobbish. I'm not offering commentary on specific poetry, or on your poetry at all, just...in general.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 23rd, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be putting up poems I wasn't happy with; the list of possibles is most definitely pruned.

And I post my drafts under lock and ask for comments, not money :)
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on June 23rd, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Yes. I have more faith in individual authors than I do in the phenomenon of crowdfunding, in its current infant state. 's why I answered yes to your poll!
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asakiyumeasakiyume on June 23rd, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
I always like poetry (and stories), but with crowdfunding,because money's being sought, I respond and comment less because I feel like I should only respond if I'm able to make some donation, and with so many people I know online taking donations at one time or another, it's very hard to decide how and where to spread support. But I would try to support you at some time, in some way, though it might be small.
b_writesb_writes on June 27th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not in a financial position at the moment to say I'd help crowdsource anything, but I think the concept is good and worth examining.

I think it should depend not only on length but on...IDK, some kind of intangible. Form? Scope? Short poems can be as much work as the long ones.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 27th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people aren't in a financial position to support it at the moment :) If you're willing to signal boost, either for this or the write-a-thon, that could help too!

Short poems can be as much work as the long ones.
Yeah and as a reader I often get more out of short poems. There are of course exceptions :)
But, well, I went with the majority vote among people who said they would chip in.