My fellow creators and artist friends: Are you curious about Patreon? Have you been considering doing it but haven't had enough information/advice/encouragement to take the plunge? Are you already on Patreon but are burned out on trying to make it work? Are you already touring/making art/posting it online and frustrated with conventional means of doing so, like Facebook? Are you a not-already-famous artist person who can't relate to the sorts of creators who already have massive followings that Patreon highlights as their supposed success stories?
Does the idea of creating or maintaining a Patreon campaign make your ass pucker and immediately snowball into self-imposed pressure and perfectionism? Are you stuck on drafting up rewards/making your patreon seductive? Are you struggling with impostor syndrome and having a hard time imagining yourself 'begging for money'? Are you frustrated with not being able to monetize the devout following you already have while still maintaining your integrity? Do you want to avoid using advertising and selling your soul to get a little scratch for your hard work?
Are you unsure as to weather you want to be maintaining yet another online presence in an effort to draw attention to your work? Do you have questions about Patreon's platform, how to post things, what the limitations are?
Do you want an honest, no bullshit inside scoop about what it's like formally using Patreon as an avenue to make money?
I've been on Patreon since damn near the beginning (late 2013), and I have a lot to say about all of these things. In fact, I've been saying them over and over while answering your questions for nearly 4 years. I'm writing up a multi-part series illustrating the things I've learned, the pitfalls I've run into, my take on what works about Patreon and what, frankly, just doesn't.
I'll show you what an active account with history on Patreon looks like, I'll show you my financials and trends over the years, I'll tell you how I gained patrons and share tricks about how I manage my time juggling yet another online platform, and I'll do it without being on Patreons payroll or using their buzzwordass "everything about us is so great great great" marketing strategy (bonus points if you find that as fucking annoying as I do!). I'll share with you the mistakes I've made (and sometimes continue making), my frustrations with the platform, and I'll give you a pretty decent idea of what to actually expect, as a real-world vagabound who doesn't already have a silver spoon in their mouth and 30,000 followers (Yet! haHA!).
Where am I gonna post this stuff, you ask? My Patreon, of course.
I'm authoring the pieces in spurts right now and will begin releasing them on a schedule in the next month or so.