I’m a sensual content creator (mostly self shot nude and lingerie boudoir/non-explicit images along with a relaxation/positivity element in videos) and this has been a big struggle for me in the past. There is so much content out there and on top of that a lot of “fans” believe we models should never be paid for what we do.
So what I’ve done, or learned to do, is focus on creating what I love creating so then 1) I’m at least enjoying the experience, 2) I want to create more, so there are more “goodies” to share, 3) I tend to be able to share and talk more about why I create what I do.
That last bit is crucial for me because one of the things I discovered my Patrons love are my (long-winded, rambling) vlogs. Who knew people who seemed to be there for art nudes and lingerie imagery would like hearing me talk about not just what new lingerie I added to my collection and stuff about posing techniques and lighting and my camera, but also what I’m cooking for dinner, weird things that happened to me, and my hair brushes. And then, as an ASMR fan, I tried adding a bit of that element in by speaking more softly and such and my Patrons loved it! Some of them even discovered they experience ASMR and use the videos for stress and to help them fall asleep.
My point there is that I was just being myself and that’s really why I think most Patrons pledge, or why they kind of should, because they like you and what you create and want to support you. It’s easy to get caught up in creating what you think people will like, and yeah, there is still some of that, but I think when you enjoy what you do and that shows, Patrons notice.
On the other hand, I do sometimes take suggestions or requests. One time, a Patron asked me to do more videos in a certain style of wearing lingerie. I didn’t mind it, though I’d always felt it looked a bit awkward, but then I tried it for fun and I had more comments and interactions than on any video prior! Now it’s become a staple. Of course there are plenty of other things I get requests for that just don’t fit or that I flat out don’t want to do (I am a NSFW creator and I get some inappropriate requests outside of my limits), but if something is do-able and not an issue, I’ll give it a go once.
By the way, @thelatestkate I’ve been following you for a while and I love what you do!