Both Louisa and I are 'digital nomads' of a kind, working largely from our laptops - crafting a homestead-style family life - whilst endeavouring to create an on-line livelihood.
We like it. It works, it suits us and supports our intentions. And thankfully a technological road - that information 'superhighway', we used to hear so much about - continues to rise up to meet our feet. It's no longer a road less-travelled. It's a booming network that's there for us all, despite the recent and copious Facebook-related gloom and doom .
At best, the promise of laptop livelihood includes greater job satisfaction (pursuing one's passion profitably), a lower carbon footprint (with less commuting) and a better work-life balance (spending time with people we like!). Personally, we tick all of these boxes, to some extent. And for that we're truly grateful, recommending this way of life whole-heartedly.
Spare room studio, Tomar, Portugal (-:
Perhaps the one of the most exciting aspects of this approach, is the amount of tech' innovation that's emerging to make it all possible - the machinery and infrastructure of digital nomad-ery.
WiFi gets better; more people are connected, and accessibility to the tools of production and sharing has never been easier. Furthermore, great platforms are emerging that are connecting content creators with avid consumers.
For example, we've both had some success with the wonderful innovation that is Insight Timer. We're able to create radio shows and podcasts from the comfort of the spare room or conservatory. And now a new 'patronage' model has emerged that us Munsons will be trying - www.patreon.com
In a nutshell, Patreon is a membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "patrons."
Patreon is popular among YouTube videographers, webcomic artists, writers, podcasters, musicians, and other categories of creators who post regularly online. It allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art. The company, started by musician Jack Conte and developer Sam Yam in 2013, is based in San Francisco.
[Thanks to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patreon for the last two paras]
Check out our conversation about Patreon below, recorded at home, and do please share your experiences and links in the comments. We'll be giving it a go and documenting our experiences here...
As well as hosting the "Good Morning Portugal!" Radio Show, I write about this wonderful country - the places, people and the lovely experiences I'm having here.