Yes, of course you are on the right track - specially when you wrote:
to learn new tactics for communicating what Patreon is to your community
It makes sense for every creator to think about their very own project - it’s enough work already!.
My point is, I believe (and this is valid for future creators and patrons) that people only engage in a new project if they trust it. And that, 1st impressions do make the difference.
When someone knows about Patreon for the 1st time, he/she can have a wonderful impression (by finding a successful page) or terrible (by finding a dead or not sucessful at all page). I had that experience with many friends/artists (before I launched my page) that, unfortunately, met bad examples first - are now they are patreon-non-believers.
Of course, this is impossible to predict and control - Patreon is for everyone and it’s great that way - but if, somehow, we could encorouge creators to share pages they like (if they like them it’s because their successful in some way), that way, those would be the projects that would stand out and present Patreon to the world.
Now that I write/think this, it would be like featuring creators but - instead of doing it in the Patreon Site section, it would be done by every creator, in his/her own space.
That would be great for Patreon project, and actually, great to all creators too (even the ones that happen not to be featured by anyone) because it would present Patreon mainly as a sucessful platform than a tough/strange/difficult/hard to work platform.
When faced with this idea, creators fear that, by doing so, they could lose patrons to other creators - that can happen but, if a patron is happy, I doubt he/she would leave. What they fail to see is that, there will be much more patrons for everyone, more creators and, most of all, that projects like Patreon make sense and are a wonderful thing to everyone.
(I guess, this is what I meant) =)