This is ultimately the risk of being committed to a single payment platform for your income. No, I won’t leave Patreon, because that’s not an option for me that would include continuing my business. But I have every intention of being salty over this mess.
We all know about Patreon’s initial decision to change the fee structure. It lost me about $70ish/month in pledges (actually probably more since I usually grow a little each month). But that was okay, until now. I stood to gain over $100/month from the fee change, so while my patrons were sour, I’d come out on top overall. Would have rather this had not happened, but what was done was done. Moving forward, I stood to gain even more because patrons would come in knowing the terms of the agreement, rather than having a surprise dumped on them unexpectedly. We all stood to gain, long term.
And now that decision has been reversed. So not only have we lost a considerable amount of money in pledges (the full extent to which can never be pinned down, because we don’t know how long each pledge would have lasted), but now there is absolutely no silver lining, no compensation for the incredibly foolish attempt at rocking the boat.
So thanks for that. Much appreciated. Merry goddamn Christmas.