@cdevroe Yeah for sure. Considering the options — Patreon, ko-fi, PayPal, advertising etc — I’d say independent blogging can stay as such now more than ever. The more stakeholders you introduce, the less independent you become.
I know technically many non-independent groups run their publications on what we think of as blogs but I think this is a case where the technical details are important but also distinct from philosophical and business approaches. It definitely becomes murky if we get into a situation where an independent person or group makes decisions to do with advertising, removing feeds, and so on.