Hi friends. I recently decided to put my Philippine related websites on Patreon. With Patreon I can accept sponsors of different levels who wish to support these sites.
Over the last few years the number of questions and requests for assistance I receive has become overwhelming. In the past, i was able to just work a couple of hours per day on this site, and I could have the rest of the day to take care of other projects, spend it with my family, or focus on other things that are meaningful to me.
now, though, I am getting a minimum of 100 emails, Facebook messages or other types of requests. Funny thing is, everybody will say I only need 10 minutes of your time”. OK, that’s great. But, think about it. If 100 people ask me for 10 minutes, that is 1000 minutes in a day, which adds up to nearly 17 hours of my time each day! Most days I receive many more than 100 such requests. Frankly, it is just impossible for me to continue doing this, and mostly for free. I will tell people “the answer to what you are asking is in my book, here is how you can get it” but they persist in asking for free information.
If somebody is in dire need, I don’t mind helping them, in fact I am happy to do so. But, if a person is wanting to move to the Philippines and needs “just 10 minutes” (which usually develops into 2 or 3 hours of my time) I simply cannot do it for free anymore.
Because of this, I have decided to start limiting my assistance (except in dire needs) to those who are my patrons through Patreon. If somebody asks for assistance, I will just give them the link to my Patreon page and if they sign up, I will be glad to help. If they don’t sign up, I am sorry, I would rather spend the time enjoying my family. I feel bad about saying this, but it just comes down to whether I want to enjoy my time or help people who want free help. My decision is easy, even if it makes me feel bad.
I do offer a LOT of free information on the Internet, both on this site and other sites. This site along has more than 4,000 informative articles all of which are completely free for you to read! If you are willing to spend the necessary time searching you will find the answer to any question you need help with here. If you want to pay a small amount, I will be happy to help you.
My sponsorship levels offer some great rewards too:
- Free eBooks
- Free telephone calls where we can chat, answer questions or whatever you want
- Coffee Meetings one on one with you if you are in Davao
- I will offer answers to your questions in the comments here on LiP (and my other websites)
- 50% Discount on all of my Philippine Related Products
- Private replies to LiP comments that are only available to my sponsors. These replies are things that I would never post on LiP, my true feelings about some of the comments that appear here, things that I am too polite to post publicly
The rewards that you receive only depends on the level of sponsorship that you choose.
If you are interested in checking out everything that I offer on Patreon, go check out my Patreon Page.
Basically, if you feel that the site and the information here has been of value to you, I would like to ask you if you can support what we offer here. It is up to you, though.
Nobody is required to sponsor! The site is and will remain free for you to read. But, if you want personalized help, you will need to be a Patron for that.
Thanks for your support, friends.