Yes, the perks/posts are important and they’ll keep coming but perhaps less frequently and with less self-imposed pressure. As you mention, Patrons are The Converted and I will always deliver everything that I’ve promised plus a little bit more.
On the growth question, that’s where another job kicks in: I feel it’s down to us Creators to gently educate our audience that likes, shares and retweets are appreciated but they aren’t enough to put bread on the table.
I mention this in all kinds of ways on my feeds these days — my Instagram and Twitter profiles now link to my Patreon and there’s plenty of stuff about it on my website. My audience (my crowd) are starting to understand.
Across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Ello and my newsletter, I appear to have the best part of 30K followers. Admittedly, some of those will be duplicated, so let’s say it’s 20K. In three months, I’ve garnered 80+ Patrons — that’s only 0.4% of my following that I’ve converted to pay on a monthly basis.
As I see it, there’s plenty of work to be done! If I can convert around 4% then I’ll be really cooking on gas.
Some have also ‘converted’ over the years by buying prints and merchandise from my online shop but it’s the regular ‘guaranteed’ income that I’m really after. Like everyone else, I want my income to be much more predictable.
On a slightly different note, you might be interested to know that I’ve been preparing a blog post about this very topic ever since I launched my Patreon in November.
It’s called ‘The Internet: Turning The Tide’.
It’s not very long but it’s taken a while to write as I’ve been thinking long and hard about these very issues and want to start a more direct education process.
Anyway, it’s now about ready and I’m expecting to publish it tomorrow, so I’ll come back here and post a link when it’s done!
PS My replies always end up much longer than I intended…sorry about that!