This a feature that, basically, will define whether or not I will consider patreon as a long-term solution for our future community funding.
I run a youtube channel in it’s first year, and we’re already very successful. We have about 23,000 subscribers and $500 per episode. Soon we’re going to be creating different kinds of content that caters to divergent interests. However, with the current structure of patreon, we can’t realistically create a unified hub brand to fund our shows through. We either have to stick to a show-by-show basis, or go monthly.
Well, what if some people want their money to go one show instead of another? What if some people aren’t interested in updates for shows other than the ones they fund? What if the channel gets bigger rapidly, and we decide to restructure the way some shows are funded and leave others the same? What if people want to learn more about show specific rewards that would then entice them to fund different shows?
I know theoretically we could specify “include which show you would like this to go.” or some other disclaimer, but in reality that is a messy and inelegant method. It would be vastly preferable to have a central hub and a sort of collection of pages, cards, or profiles for each sub category of content we offer.
Right now the format (for our needs) is very inflexible. And as we are starting to discuss our future with sponsors, collaborators and partners, we are looking for a solution that will grow with us as we expand, instead of forcing us to shift to a different platform or model when we exceed the scope of the platforms features.
Just wanted to share some of the thinking that’s going into our decision making process. Hope it informs some of the feature choices you choose to pursue in the future.
Thanks guys and have good one.