This is a post that I don't really want to make considering that I don't like asking for sympathy or support, but recently I find myself in the need to. At the moment I am having a lot of trouble surviving in Korea in regards to finances and stress (which is mostly related to finances).
At the moment I am studing from 9am-6pm Monday-Thursday and then work until 10/11pm. On Friday I study from 2-6 and work until 10pm. I spend Saturday with my girlfriend and normally Sunday is studying or meeting friends as this is my one free day. In the end I hardly have any time to take photos or rest. I constantly have to be achieving a high GPA to keep receiving my scholarship, and working to pay life costs.
I have managed this for around two years, but recently this semester has been far more intense than normal. I have been considering moving back to New Zealand because I am not sure if I can afford a future here. But I love Korea and I don't want to leave. It's been a dilemma for me this past month or two. I really feel like I have tried my best here though, so I feel justified in asking for help now.
Steemit has been a great platform for my blogs and photos, and I will continue to post here. But unfortunately due to crypto-currencies, the state of whales/minnows, and some other aspects (like being unable to withdraw cryptos in Korea) it just isn't a good solution for me anymore.
From now on I will be posting to both Steemit and http://seoulinspired.com/ the site still needs a bit of work but it is coming along! In the near future I hope to be able to sell photos prints and services there!
Because of my situation, I have decided to start a Patreon page. Patreon is a site that allows creators to get paid for providing content (if you need help understanding the site please ask me). Basically you can donate money to me ($2, $5, $10, etc) and receive benefits for it. Here is my page: https://www.patreon.com/Seoulinspired
My intention with this is to try and relieve some of the stress that I have from balancing my precarious lifestyle. Currently if I miss one or two days of work (which is common, as sometimes students are sick or on holiday) I am in negative money for the month, and it's not sustainable. I have tried to find some way to monetise photography for a while, but it's too slow and low paying, so I want to try a new method.
Eventually my dream is to live purely off of writing and photography, but right now that is a dream in the far future.
Blogging is my passion and I dream of being able to make it something more than just a hobby. I have been writing for over a year now on a private site (I wanted to practice!) and in that time I have decided that blogging (with photography as a major part) is what I want to do. Due to that I have finally decided to make it public.
My site is (as always) at http://seoulinspired.com/ and I will be updating it regularly. I have big plans for it and it will improve a lot within the next few weeks, lots of features will also be added.
I have changed this site a few times, but this time it is here to stay. It will stay as a blogging site and I will be covering everything that interests me (and I will take requests) in Korea. I plan on also doing videos in the near future.
Thank you for reading this far, if you would like to (and are able to) support me please check out https://www.patreon.com/Seoulinspired
If you can't or don't want to donate please subscribe to my blog at http://seoulinspired.com/
Finally, I know that this is asking for a lot and that asking on Steemit probably isn't the best place. But I am asking everywhere I can in the hope of finding any support. I don't want to ask for money for nothing and therefore Patreon is a great service because it allows me to provide something to you and receive money for my passion.
Any and all support is greatly appreciated, and I will always strive for more. Thank you :)
(If you do decide to donate on Patreon and it doesn't work straight away don't worry! It wont start until May 1st).