And I’d be curious to know around what number of patrons did others see their Patreon start to gain momentum? I managed to get 5 patrons my first month and over the course of over a year now I am averaging one new patron per month. I’ve been chuggin’ away at it, but I feel like I’ve been spending a disproportionate amount of time on promotion to creation. I am ready for that to flip.
As far as what I’ve done, I’m always keepin’ my Patreon in people’s mind. I know some artists who start their Patreon, mention it once and then never again, and then they are wondering why no one is supporting them. I mention every time I’m near a milestone and in the beginning it’s important to have a lot of smaller goals so you have something attainable to build that momentum. Every time I put a new artwork on Patreon, I share one of my older ones and link back to my Patreon. That way anyone going to check it out will see that there are several newer pieces there, plus works in progress, and tons of written work. I keep my Patreon very content heavy and just sprinkle crumbs on other social media. For example, Instagram gets all of my WIP and photos of artist meetings, but they have to go to Patreon to see the finished work. I share finished work on DA, tumblr, and FB, but send them to Patreon for the WIP and most current artwork. I talk about my art process and artworks on my blog, but link Patreon for them to see it. There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t in some way mention my Patreon on another site, sometimes it is as subtle as just goin’ to talk on message boards with my Patreon link in my signature.