Amanda Palmer has written a fascinating insight into the stresses and worries of impending motherhood titled No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan).
In it she describes how she’s built a new wave of funding for her artistic projects using the Patreon platform which enables long-term fans of artists to commit to fund/donate a chosen amount to the artist overtime they generate a new project or piece of work. It’s old style patronage for the millennial age (Yes. we cringed at those buzzwords too).
But then she found out she was pregnant. When i say found out… it would appear to be intentional from the contents of the article, but still, she found out she was pregnant and announced it to her followers.
Weirdly in this modern world where dissenting voices get equal or greater weighting than the sane majority – she received push-back of sorts. Fans were concerned that their patronage was in fact funding her maternity leave, that motherhood would somehow weaken or disturb the artist that they had come to know, love, and support financially.
Amanda then goes through her thought process, her worries and concerns about pregnancy, motherhood and her future self. It’s well worth a read here: No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan).