And by independent journalism, I mean me.
In all seriousness though, it’s very difficult in this day and age for an aspiring journalist to be a freelancer and also keep their editorial independence. It’s a dangerous occupation, in the sense that it is rarely a permanent gig.
I have talked to quite a few freelancers and they have all told me the same thing: Get an actual job before you start freelancing, otherwise you won’t be able to do it. So basically, I am following their advice. I have a full-time job, so I that I can maintain this blog on the side.
Another problem is the fact that it’s actually not that easy to pitch a story to an actual media company. Usually, you are competing against a lot of other people who generally have a lot more experience than you do. And if you are young like me, I don’t need to remind you of the paradox of needing experience to get experience.
It even feels like the whole world is conspiring against you and you’re just trying to follow your dreams, you know?
Here’s my solution. If it’s difficult to get the editorial approval of “actual” media companies, why not just write as an independent freelancer? Why not have my own blog and then convert that into a sustainable occupation? Obviously, this is not a groundbreaking idea, but I’m really excited to try it out.
By this week, Mirai Media has been around for over a month. I have proven to myself that I am capable of keeping this going. As such, I would like to push it a step further.
I am officially launching a Patreon campaign. By becoming one of my Patrons, you can support this blog directly, without having to click on any ads. Ads are not the best things! They break the text and I don’t get to control their aesthetics. But there is nothing invasive about Patreon!
My hope is to prove to people like me that independent freelancing is possible and that if you don’t like working with editors you can simply be your own editor!
So please go to my Patreon and consider supporting me. I promise you won’t regret it.