This entire month, I posted at least once per day to Patreon. I also funneled my messages through it, set up Discord servers, and otherwise tried to take advantage of everything Patreon offers. I learned quite a bit, including one tidbit that really will change how I use Patreon going forward.
I posted this today: https://www.patreon.com/posts/17883672 (relevant info pasted below)
Some awesome stuff came from this – I feel so much more connected to each and every one of you. Seeing and hearing from you every day gave me a connection to you I didn’t have before and I really love that. I also am so happy the discord server has brought YOU together; this is a community now and I’m so glad that worked so well! I wasn’t sure it would take off, but it’s given everyone one spot to go and chat and hang. YAY.
It also jumpstarted some projects that had been sitting around – I FINALLY edited that photoshoot video and put it up. I made more progress on my pilot. I’m planning another photoshoot with David Cater AND I started prepro on a short with the director of Not a Plan.
I was actually worried I wouldn’t have enough content to post, but I absolutely did – and seeing that was really pretty cool. It definitely means I’ll be posting more and sharing more about the work I do - good for you!
The Patreon is revamped – the perks, the titles, the text of the page – and I’ll probably shoot an updated video in the near future.
What it DIDN’T do: surprisingly, I didn’t gain a single Patron this month. I actually LOST one. I had figured that upping the activity and engagement would turn at least one or two followers or fans from other sites into Patrons.
But I learned something – people (mostly) do not support Patrons FOR the perks. They support people because they like the art and believe in what the artist is doing, which really means that nothing I offer can entice anyone to join. This is simultaneously frustrating (how do I persuade people to hop on board then?) and a huge relief (I don’t have to spend my time fulfilling/creating rewards - I can use it for my work).
I also learned a few things via the Patreon creator community: honesty regarding finances is key, you want 2000 1 supporters vs two 1000 supporters, having one location for your Patrons to communicate with you is key, and this is a job, and that means that it’s important to put it down to make sure I have time for the real reason I moved here: writing, acting, and creating.
I’m a big fan of continuing to experiment until I find ways for this to work for me. So I will! If you have any ideas, please leave 'em.