The Great Patreon Dilemma
As you know, I once had a Patreon page. With it, I’d air articles and essays, behind-the-scenes stuff, serialized novels, and exclusive stuff for my patrons. The problem was, for the amount of work I was putting in, it didn’t do well monetarily, so I shut it down as I was basically making a buck an hour working on it.
However, and in a bit of a dilemma, I’m thinking of bringing my Patreon page back but under a new, simpler model.
It would basically be this to start and, no doubt, would evolve over time.
1) A mere tip jar for a buck. Just a simple way of saying thanks for all the content.
2) 5 bucks flat fee per month. This would get you everything I share publicly plus content just for patrons, like a serialized novel, one to be read before anybody else.
That’s it. The content would be regular as I’m producing stuff all the time, but by sharing it behind a Patreon paywall, then I get something out of it too, and also have an avenue to share stuff I don’t share with the general public. This could be special videos, special commentary, special thoughts, excerpts of my work, and more.
I still have my page but it’s inactive at the moment. I just need to flick the switch and under this new model, folks would have a chance to check out all the back-content plus the new stuff to come.
It’s not a question of if this will happen. It’s a question of when.
My only fear is it’ll flop again. But maybe not. I do know I can make it work. Just need to give it some time to grow.