Patron of the... blogs?
Well, if I had fans, I could be supported by a group of them who paid me a small amount every month (perhaps by automatic credit-card deduction). I could call them patrons of the arts, just as in days of old when a composer such as Mozart would have a patron such as Baroness von Waldstätten, except that I'd have multiple patrons. I’d publicize them on my website.
If I wanted to earn $100,000 a year, and my patrons were to pay me $10 a month (i.e. $120 a year), I'd need 833 patrons.
That seems like a lot of patrons to find. I can get away with fewer if some of them give more than $120 a year. So let me encourage the richer ones to give more, by giving them special recognition on my website and maybe other perqs.
Notice how this is getting to be just like, say, The Canadian Opera Company. The “Friends of the COC” has the following membership levels: Friend $100-199, Supporting $200-$499, Contributing $500-$799, Associate $800-1249, and Sustaining $1250-$1749. Beyond that there are the President’s Council (up to $9999) and the Golden Circle (gold level is $50,000 or more). Each step up gets you more goodies like invitations to working rehearsals, special events, use of the President’s Council Lounge at performances, etc.
Also, the COC’s new opera house is named the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, because the Four Seasons hotel chain gave $20 million for the naming rights. Perhaps my website could have the Larry Ellison Tribute Corner at the top (he co-founded Oracle Corporation and is a billionaire, plus he has a large ego).
In these new days of individuals’ doing the same things as organizations used to, why not?
The trick of course is to get people to part with their money.