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For quite awhile, I’ve had an article titled 5 Ways to Support The Renegade Coder which features common ways to support this site like subscribing, sharing articles, and commenting. As time went on, I came up with some pretty weird ways to support The Renegade Coder, but I never had thought about putting together a formal list until now.
Table of Contents
As with most lists on this site, there’s really no order to it. Just dig in and enjoy!
1. Change Your WiFi Name to The Renegade Coder
A friend of mine once did this as a sort of joke. Now, whenever I mention how well the site is doing, he tells me I have him to thank. As a prank, everyone should do the same. Not me, of course. I have to maintain the NydusNetwork.
All kidding aside, it would be really weird if everyone starting using the same name for their WiFi networks. It’s already hard enough to sift through the piles of auto-generated AT&T garbage in my apartment complex. I’d hate to have to try my password on literally every network.
That said, if you’re up to it, make your WiFi network The Renegade Coder and tweet a picture of it @renegadecoder94. Maybe we can start some sort of weird social phenomenon where everyone does it.
In the past, you may have noticed that I’ve been maintaining a rather large list of referral links:
- 23andMe (10% off any Kit)
- Ancestry (15% off $99 Kit)
- Coinbase Earn (Free $10 of XLM)
- Dollar Shave Club ($5 Starter Set)
- Hulu (2 Free Weeks)
- Kobo (Free Audiobooks Trial)
- Kobo ($5 off First eBook Purchase)
- Magoosh GRE Practice
- Mailchimp ($30 in MonkeyRewards)
- Nectar Mattress ($125 off and 2 Free Pillows)
- OneDrive (0.5 GB of Free Space)
- QuickBooks (50% Off)
These aren’t products or services that I necessarily endorse. However, I’m always happy to share them with anyone who could use the discount.
3. Tip Cash or Crypto
As mentioned on the regular support article, you’re welcome to send tips via PayPal or Brave. However, I’m also happy to accept cash tips on Venmo or crypto tips using one of the many crypto wallets below:
- Bitcoin (BTC): 33fNfAUQUu5KdJfRGijY1D5L3DnTXgsMcB
- Bitcoin Cash (BCH): qqz6gp594ye0glxghvyss5cdme6f4cz3fcnhd80hu7
- Ethereum (ETC): 0x52222e3c15daD9bE5417D90E2F23688f47888015
- Ethereum Clasic (ETC): 0x8575a310b753AbE67244E18F7d08Bd20Fb1C1D1A
- Litecoin (LTC): MX36f54yd4fextz8ySqh5Q8xZPRUfn7x2g
- 0x (ZRX): 0x44646FCd34eb8FAF327081Ad0951974B82542db5
- Basic Attention Token (BAT): 0x437891c14251210f509649e6257A2F49842F800e
- USD Coin (USDC): 0x158e47e81f159584748738060025e0393d78C9B1
- Zcash (ZEC): t1TJXSNmzYh7CiTU8Qz1dXNLN3nE2uFGTq3
I’m not big into crypto, but I do have a small portfolio. Feel free to help grow the collection.
4. Donate to Your Favorite Charity, Organization, or Project on Behalf of The Renegade Coder
Why send money to The Renegade Coder when you can send money to a good cause? Seriously, as much as I’d love the money, I’d be even happier indirectly helping someone else.
If you’re looking for ideas, I recommend the following:
Of course, I’m sure there are plenty of other places that could benefit from your support. Pick a place and make a donation. Of course, if that organization happens to be The Renegade Coder, you’re always welcome to send tips directly through PayPal.
5. Fight Trolls in the Comments
As much as I love publishing free material for everyone, I get a lot of hate from internet trolls. I’m slowly growing a thicker skin, but I’d love writing a lot more if people helped me deal with trolls.
In general, my website doesn’t get a lot of comments. However, I do get my fair share of nasty comments on social media and places like dev.to. A lot of times I gear my content toward beginners which brings out a whole host of “experts” who act like I’m an idiot.
Just to give you some perspective, I once wrote an article about learning that
else if is not actually a keyword in Java and other C-like languages. It wasn’t long before I started receiving comments along the lines of “actually, I was more surprised to see languages that had special keywords like
elif in Python” and “what’s wrong with you Americans?!?!”
Of course, there’s always that guy who gives me a three-paragraph essay that is almost entirely unrelated to the content. For instance, I once wrote an article complaining about Java’s inclusive/exclusive index convention for subsets and how it’s not intuitive to beginners (despite its solid math foundation). It wasn’t long before a guy suggested that I was both a bad teacher and an idiot for even considering another convention.
Finally, you may recall that I toyed around with writing a series of articles called Hello World in Every Language. At one point, I was about 10 languages in and a guy claimed that the list “wasn’t even a start.” He then went on to tout all his experience with classic languages as if I was supposed to be impressed.
At any rate, if you see anyone like this taking swings at me, feel free to help me out. I know I shouldn’t engage, but I haven’t quite grown a thick enough skin yet.
6. Buy The Renegade Coder Stickers and Plaster Them Everywhere
To be clear, I don’t sell stickers, but I’m not going to stop you from creating your own. Go ahead! Create new designs and get them printed. If they’re cool, maybe I’ll buy them from you. I have to fill out the back of my laptop like everyone else.
To get you started, here’s all the logo files I have:
I would share the raw
.ai file, but WordPress won’t let me upload it. Perhaps these images will do for now. Let me know if there’s any other source material you’d like for your endeavors.
7. Subscribe to The Renegade Coder
Yeah, it may not seem weird at first, but I have less than 50 subscribers. What do I have to do to get some love?! I’ll even make it easy for you. Head over to Patreon to learn more!
Subscriptions are how I keep the programming content free. If you like to keep that kind of content free to the public, consider subscribing. As an added bonus, I’m still hoarding keychains, so you might get one of those in the mail after you subscribe.
That’s about all I could come up with. If you have any suggestions for weird ways to support your favorite websites, let me know in the comments. The weirder the better.