Recently, I’ve had several people ask me if I’m on Patreon. This ends up with a lot of back and forth questions so I thought I’d make it a blog post.
This way I cover questions I’ve been asked and explain my current position.
What is Patreon?
Rather than me explaining, I’ll let Patreon explain:
Patreon is a crowdfunding membership platform based in the United States that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, with ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or “patrons”.
What this means is that creators can receive regular funding that can help them focus and create more content.
Maybe even take risks and step up to try something else that they had been holding back due to lack of time and resources.
By having a regular fund coming in from subscribers can make it a lot easier to plan and implement new content.
Ari, are you on Patreon?
Yes and no.
Yes, I am as I have a Patreon Account, however, it’s so that I can be a Patron and support others at this time.
I appreciate that when people have asked me about being on Patreon, it’s to see if I have a platform as a creator.
For which, the answer is no.
Are you going on Patreon as a Creator?
Firstly, it is so awesome that people have asked me about it because it shows me people enjoy my content and want to support me. How awesome is that!?
While I would love to be on Patreon as a creator, it’s not something I can do just yet.
Believe me, nothing would make me happier, but as of right now, I don’t have the extra time and energy to create consistent content to share on Patreon.
Patrons support the creator and in return gain rewards. Until I am able to develop rewards and then make a schedule to update my Patreon page regularly, I’m not going to be on there as a creator.
It would be too much pressure on me and not fair to my patrons if I failed to actually add content. Which, at this time, is exactly what would happen.
Will you ever?
My blog is chock-full of resources and articles that are free for people to peruse at their leisure. I also share my articles via social media and on deviantart. At the moment, that’s all I can manage.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with getting funding and support for creating content, after all it take a LOT of hard work and time and having that recognised is great. It’s why I’m a Patron on Patreon.
I’ve seen people get stick for being on places like Patreon and that’s wrong. Some people seem to think that everything should be free and that people who spend time researching, creating and writing should do it for the love of it only.
Yes we love creating, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t costs involved. No one would expect a mechanic, who loves working on cars, to do the work for free. So if a creator chooses to go on Patreon, they should not be punished for it.
So yeah, I’d love to start a Patreon page, but I don’t want to sacrifice what I already do just to be on a platform where I could make money, I don’t feel I could do it justice right now.
So until I have the time and energy to run both my free blog and a subscriber platform, I’m just going to stick with the free content.
I do have a digital tip jar in the form of a Ko-Fi (pronounced coffee) account where people can choose to support me.
I have been very fortune to receive support through my Ko-fi account, it’s incredible that people can be so generous.
However, money or not, I’ll continue to post on this blog as normal.
I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who visits this blog, who interacts in the comments, who shares ideas for new tutorials or who shares the articles with others.
You make it all worthwhile. 🙂