I understand what you’re saying about the earnings being public, but I personally don’t like my bottom line at the top always on display. Before when I had monetary goals, I would say I just need $X to reach my next goal in my various social media platforms when I was close. I would suggest a $1 pledge to help me reach it, but I had several people give me $X to reach the goals on different occasions. As I said above, it implies a choice of $1 or the needed amount where community goals only offer a clear yes or no choice.
As I go forward I will do it the same way. I will announce my next goal as needing $X amount when I am mentioning my Patreon on social media. I am pretty open with what I earn to my patrons or anyone who asks, I just don’t think that needs to be the primary focus for anyone coming to my Patreon. I literally lost my Dad as a patron after a year because he could see my amount and said something to the effect of “Well, it didn’t do what you were hoping, so it doesn’t make sense to continue.” What he meant was “It’s not making the amount I thought you needed by the end of one year.” I think basically most people are like that, they want to support $UCCESS and they make their own judgement about what that is and a lot of times that’s based on what’s behind that dollar sign.
Sorry if that came across as NO! ARRRG ARRRG! or anything. I tend to go the long way round to explain why I’m doing something. Basically, I do plan on announcing how much I need to get to the next goal. It’s glitched right now so Patreon is showing my last goal and that one actually has the amount needed on it. I’m thinking of doing the same for the other goals so the amount IS there, but it’s just not so in your face, first thing you see.
AND I absolutely agree that monetary AND community goals would be great. I can imagine having something I want to do when I reached $25, fully expecting 25 $1 patrons to participate and ending up with 1 $25 patron. And with community goals you have to make an average estimate based on current patronage. When I went to community goals I was averaging around $5 per patron, but at the same time I started my nsfw Patreon separately and “lost” my two biggest patrons to that, dropping that average to almost half and so my community goals weren’t actually reflecting what I needed to make those goals happen.