Transparency when it comes to governments and businesses essentially means making public information about them available. Advocates for transparency want this so they can understand how things are being done and the overall status of a government/business. This is especially important for governments, as they have a lot of power and a lot of potential for abuse of that power.
In any case, I advocate for transparency, so here's a little of my own. Specifically, I'm going to talk about my income from the various things I do that make me some money:
- "Real" Jobs: I had a job as a tutor at my college for one semester, for $10/hr. I then had a paid internship over the summer at a company called Enko Systems. I don't remember if that paid $10/hr or $15/hr, but it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. In terms of hourly pay, these jobs are the most I've ever made.
- YouTube: In terms of total amount of money made, YouTube trumps the "real" jobs, but only because I've been doing it for so long. I made about $0.50/hr on my YouTube channel. It's a combination of a labor of love and a desire to have an audience to publish games to that keeps it running, because it certainly isn't paying the bills.
- Patreon: I keep forgetting this exists, but I have one, and it helps to pay for server costs.
- Programming: I make nothing on programming. Probably mostly because I publish most of it for free. To be clear, I do this because I feel I should reserve making you pay for something if I believe it is worth how much you pay for it. To date, the only thing I have restricted behind a pay wall is early access to experimental versions of SCP Clicker. I feel this is worth it if you like it and want to support me a little. Of course, Itch.io's whole platform is based on a pay-what-you-want model, so you can buy my other projects on there. The most I've ever made from thses is $12 on RGB from 2 buyers (both friends of mine), after 4 hours of work on that project, which was originally supposed to be something else.
And that's pretty much it. Technically I have $80 a month income until I'm 60 or 70 years old from a criminal case in which I was the victim, but I'm pretty sure those only come in as long as the person is alive and able to pay the county to pay me. I also get some help and birthday/Christmas money from family, but that doesn't really count, does it?