More and more people are starting to see the benefits of working with Bitcoin as a payment method. And we are not just talking about merchants or retailers, but also charitable organizations and content creators. Making it as a content creator requires some form of donation system from your audience, and Dan Carlin is accepting Bitcoin to do just that.
Dan Carlin – Podcaster Extraordinaire
If you have never heard of Dan Carlin before, you will be in for a treat. A host of two of the longest running podcasts, Hardcore History and Common Sense, Dan Carlin has made a name for himself in the United States and across the world. And while he provides his weekly podcasts – in audio format – free of charge, he also manages to make a living from doing so.
One way to tackle a subject is by looking at the facts, which is something journalists do. But there is also a speculative angle, a “what if?” angle, and an opinionated angle. Dan Carlin has mastered all of these types, and will apply them to any subject he is discussing on his podcasts. Plus, he manages to dissect topics and think outside of the box.
What makes Dan Carlin’s podcasts so unique is the mix of historic references and modern debates. While some of our readers may or may not be a fan of that strategy, it sparks interesting debates and trains of thought. And with Mr. Carlin’s contagious passion about any subject thrown his way, you will be in for a treat.
Since beginning his podcasting adventure in 2005 – way before Bitcoin even existed! – Dan Carlin and crew have produced nearly 250 podcast episodes, free of charge. Hardcore History contains 55 episodes while Common Sense is nearing the 300 mark. And there is more to come from Dan Carlin, as he is still full of bright ideas, interesting topics and a desire to drive other people mad [in a good way].
Accepting Bitcoin Donations
When you become a content creator, the hardest job is to monetize your content. Depending on the content you create, and in which form it is presented, this may be easier or more difficult to achieve. But when it comes to podcasting, people are more willing to throw a little donation your way on a regular basis.
The reason for that is pretty simple. As a journalist, people know you can write down anything at any given time in any given place. But, when you do video or audio recordings, you need a dedicated studio, with equipment that does not come cheap. Your listeners and viewers know that, as they see an appealing set, the host in the flesh, and there is a “click” between the host and the audience.
Dan Carlin’s donation system is set up in a very straightforward manner. Paypal is the first payment option, simply because they allow you to make either a one-time contribution or set up recurring payments. And with a US$3/month donation billed from your Paypal account, there is a lot of interest in using that option.
Option number two is sending money via mail. Not the most secure manner of sending a donation, but it still gets used sporadically. Last, but not least, there is a Bitcoin donation option. Payments are handled by Coinbase, and you can either click the “Donate Bitcoins” button or scan the QR code with your mobile device.
At the time of publication, Dan Carlin’s Bitcoin address has received a total of 4.02511278 BTC, worth roughly US$900.
Images courtesy of Dan Carlin