So I’ve been working on a thing lately. That thing is called Patreon.
This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time now. I finally decided to take that leap and just do it.
I work hard and create a lot each and every day. Unfortunately, it’s not a paying job. That’s what Patreon is for.
What Is Patreon?
Patreon is similar to Kickstarter. The difference being that Kickstarter focuses on one large project whereas Patreon allows your favorite creators to be “tipped” for their work.
Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to get paid.
For example, I create blog posts and fiction for my audience all the while teaching myself photography to better my blog graphics and writing prompts. I’m also in the process of starting a YouTube channel to go along with this blog. Patreon will make it easier for me to get the equipment I need to create bigger and better content for all of you.
Why Did I Choose Patreon?
I chose to join Patreon so it will be easier for me to create content. I can create more and it will be better quality when I can get the tools I need.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know I quit my job almost a year ago. I’ve come so far between then and now with my writing and blogging. So much has improved and grown. I’ve been able to give this blog so much more love and attention now that I have 8 hours added to my day. I would like to keep it this way.
My babysitting money can only get me so far, especially when I have bills to pay. Getting another job – full-time or part-time – is not out of the question (unfortunately, it is 2018 and we all need money in order to survive), but if I could stay home and continue working toward my dream, that would be ideal.
That’s where Patreon comes in.
Where Does Your Money Go?
I’m not asking anyone to pay my bills – though if you want to, who am I to stop you?
Seriously, your money would go toward this blog, my YouTube channel, and my writing. I would love to upgrade to the WordPress business plan, I need some equipment for YouTube, and I want to better my skills with photography and Photoshop, etc.
If you check out my Patreon page you’ll notice a list of “Goals” on the left hand side. They start off small but, as you can imagine, it adds up. I budgeted everything out and came up with those numbers as the bare minimum. Again, your money will go toward exactly what I say it’ll go toward on my Patreon page.
Are You Obligated To Pledge?
No. You are not obligated to give me any money.
If you read this blog on a regular basis, that amazes me and I am so grateful. I never imagined how large this blog would grow when I first started almost 6 years ago. However, that’s why it’s getting harder to keep up with the blog because it’s grown so much and I’m running out of resources and tools to continue creating great content.
So, no. You do not need to give me any money. I thank you for reading my blog and commenting and sharing my posts. That makes me warm and fuzzy!
How Much Money Can You Pledge?
As much or as little as you want. I have my Patreon set up as monthly payments so you can pledge as little as $1 a month.
What I love about Patreon is that the control is completely up to you. You can pledge as much as you want, whether it’s an amount I set up as a reward tier or not. You can stop the payments whenever you want, you’re not locked into supporting my work for a year or anything like that.
What’s A Reward Tier And What Do You Get Out Of This?
Reward tiers are what they sound like. I set up rewards for certain amounts that are pledged to me. For example, if you pledge $1 a month to me, you’ll get access to the Patron-only feed on my Patreon page. This means I can interact with each and every one of you, get to know each other better, and you’d have exclusive access to what I’m currently working on, sneak peeks, and a lot more. If you pledge $25 a month, you’ll get your name on a special thank you page on this blog and my video credits on YouTube. You’ll also have access to exclusive monthly Q&A videos from me.
Needless to say, you get a lot of out supporting me and my work. If you enjoy my content, you’ll get bigger and better creative works from me. You’ll get certain rewards depending on how much you pledge, and we can keep in touch on a closer level through the Patron-only feed.
I think I’ve covered everything. If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to comment below. Or just check out my Patreon page and see if your question is answered on there.
If you’ve read through this whole post, I commend you. Thank you so much. If you follow my blog, share my posts, comment, or just read a post here and there, thank you so much.
If you check out my Patreon page, thank you so much. If you decide to pledge any amount to my work, thank you so much!
I seriously wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of you reading and supporting this blog and my writing. I am truly grateful and just know that I appreciate each and every one of you. Patreon will not only allow you to support me further, but it will allow me to give back to all of you. Thanks.
Thanks again for reading this post! Whether you pledge or not, if you enjoy my content, please share this post around. It will help me out a lot. Also, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to chat!