I’ve decided to get a bit more serious about enabling others to help support my work. I’m spending enough time on content creation, and enough people seem to enjoy the output, that I think it’s worth trying to recoup costs (first) and maybe even make something (later) through the generosity of readers/listeners.
To that end I’ve created the /support page, and at the following levels I’m now offering mentorship services.
- At the $50 level I’m offering email assistance with the supporter’s career. I’ll review your resume, make comments on it, recommend one or more career paths based on what you say you want to do, and tell you what you should do to achieve that goal through an ongoing email dialogue.
- At the $100 level I do everything in the $50 level, but we also have a monthly call to discuss your progress and do additional planning. I also open you up to my larger network, and if you have the fire I’ll also use social media and my various connections to try to get you either your first job in infosec, or a much better one than you already have.
- I was using Patreon for this type of thing, but I strongly believe that it’s best for content creators to own as much of their platform as they can. With this change I’m moving over to Stripe for my payment processor. Stripe is one of the most respected companies in the fintech world, and I personally know that they do a fantastic job with security.
- It feels a little…um…commercial to be doing this, which is annoying to me. But at the same time I’d also like to not feel stupid as hell for spending 5 hours working on my newsletter, paying tons of money on infrastructure, writing content, or doing whatever, when I could simply ask people to help and see if they find it worth it to do so.
- In an ideal world this is all I would do. I’d learn things, curate the best stuff, and travel around the world speaking about those things with people. I might do that full-time when I grow up. But for now I’ll do a miniature version of it, as a security consultant who spends most of his spare time doing that curation and broadcast.
- I’m going to try to keep the annoyance to a minimum, but if the requests ever cross into “icky face territory”, please let me know.