Gosh, I LOVE getting my payout from Patreon at the beginning of the month. LOVE IT! But the beginning of each new month also raises my anxiety due to all the declines.
From around the 30th of the previous month until the 5th day of the new month, I can’t even look at my community on Patreon. My heart breaks as I see the numbers drop. I lose 3% of my patrons every month due to credit cards that decline.
I try to prep myself by taking a calculator and subtracting the 3% from my current list of patrons so when I pop back in on the 5th, I’m not surprised. But it does little to release my anxiety. I spend all month attracting new patrons only to lose as many when the new month arrives.
So, I want to make it clear that I’m talking about patrons with credit cards that decline, NOT patrons who decide to delete their pledge.
Strategies on how you deal with this? Do you email patrons one by one whose cards have declined? Has that worked? Are you trying something else? Does the drop in patron numbers not bother you? If so, what’s your strategy? I know that Patreon tries emailing the patron a few times, so outside of that, do you try something else?
While I welcome advice such as breathing, meditating, unattaching from the outcome, journaling through my fears, I do all those things (my community is all about expressive writing). I’m looking for tips outside of what I’m already doing.