To make a long story short, I’m starting a new full time job and have to put my Patreon on hiatus. I will not have time to fulfill rewards nor create exclusive content regularly.
I’ve deleted all reward tiers except my ‘tip jar’ in case anyone wants to casually support my creations without getting any promised rewards.
I hoped deleting my tiers would also boot my patrons, but they’re all still pledged at their original amounts.
This is super weird to me. It’s like if I put up a T-shirt listing in my shop, accepted a bunch of orders, and then deleted the T-shirt listing saying it’s no longer available but just…kept everyone’s money.
I wrote a blog post about my Patreon going on hiatus, and mentioned that my patrons need to cancel their pledges. I highlighted this part in bold.
I also sent each patron a private message that I’m no longer creating content or offering rewards and they should cancel their pledge or change to my $2 tip jar.
Maybe half my patrons have cancelled/changed their pledges.
Can I do anything else? Someone else suggested I block and then un-block my remaining patrons, but warned that they’ll get a note saying I blocked them and nothing else. This seems rude and unprofessional to me.
Am I allowed to just…keep accepting their money? Previously, I had edited my rewards to reflect their taxable status (e.g. early access rewards vs. physically receive something in the mail). Are my patrons still being taxed based on this even though I’ve deleted their reward tiers?
I wish Patreon UX designers and devs/engineers had thought of this use case. I don’t want to completely shut down my Patreon as I’m grandfathered in at the founders’ rate and don’t want to lose that, since I may be able to spin up my Patreon again once I get used to my new job. And since I’m still creating some content, I’m happy to keep my $2 tip jar open for those who are still asking how they can support me.
But maybe half my patrons are still paying larger amounts for stuff they won’t be getting for the next few months. I’ve written a post and sent them a message. What more can I do? Why can’t I boot them since I’m no longer giving them anything for their money? It seems unethical.