Anyone here have any experience/thoughts/opinions on having a Patreon page?
Man, all really good points. Plus I've realized its way too much work anyways. In the end it doesn't seem worth it for both creators or contributors. Unless the creator is a super star - which I am definitely not haha.
Problem with Patreon is that you tend to compare prices with other 'similar' [digital] offerings - in this case, subscriptions. Netflix for example is 8$/mo and what you get in return is an insane amount of content. It's totally justifiable. Same for spotify/AppleMusic. Even if I only contribute half to someone's patreon page, 4$/mo, there is no way to justify paying this amount of money for what I get in return,unless your output is phenomenal. Sure, if its for someone you know you might encourage them by throwing in a few bucks but thats not sustainable. And if we started contributing to Patreon for every website we liked, it would add up to 200$/mo+ pretty fast.
Also I feel like every website who has a Patreon just look like they are desperate and begging all the time which is not a good look.
if wikipedia can't do it - I don't see how an artist blog could do it.
I'd rather buy content from you, physical or digital than subscribe to a model without really knowing what Im buying.
I tried to start one once for my art. It was a lot of work trying to promote it for people to give...and I had a hard time figuring out rewards. I was already posting my art on other social media platforms for free...so it was hard pulling people over to pay.
A lot of comic artists do them, as well as some people who make animation. The Kurzgesagt videos do one
It definitely is a lot of extra work, and I feel like you have to find some sort of niche/reward that people want. Ty Carters is a great example of giving away tutorials/lectures as a reward.
Ha I totally forgot about that. I was also a contributor to their page for a while, then I canceled after never visiting the page. I'll consider re-contributing just to support again though. I have no idea what they offer on their page - makes me think if I don't even have the time to visit a page I support how am I going to find the time to run a page ;)
Wow Ty Carter's page is great! Seems like a good one to reference too. But yeah it seems like way more work then I'm prepared to commit to, at least right now. Plus Ty is on another level - I highly doubt I could ever get a page to be as successful as his. Thanks for the input Michelle!
I like the idea of Kickstarter without the all-or-nothing stigma.
I support a few artists through patreon. But rewards do need to be worthwhile and updates should be consistant- check out Ty Carter's Patreon, he does a great job at having really great rewards on a consistent basis. I'd imagine that it would be a LOT of work, like starting your own business.. but I think if you have the volume of followers who are willing to contribute then it can be worth all that effort. Just my two cents!
Yeah-- I contribute to this as well. I am not sure I ever visit the Patreon Motionographer page... curious what is going on there?
My friend who is a fine artist/painter uses it to help offset the costs of her paints and other supplies. She doesn't make a ton of money from it, but I guess it helps!
Oh man- that makes a lot of sense honestly. I hadn't thought about it as a pay-for-tutorial model. I totally get why someone would pay for that honestly. I have next to 0 experience with Patreon--so sadly cannot offer any expertise, but I am curious where this goes.
I read this and immediately thought of Motionographer's Patreon page. I kick in a few bucks each month to support the site but I don't really visit the page. Those that are Patron Saints or contribute more; have you utilized any of the additional content?
Yeah same I'm not really familiar with it either. I just see a lot of artists promoting their Parteon pages and thought hmmmm maybe it might be something worth looking into.
Haha, yeah to be honest I'm not quite sure what exactly I'd offer and whether or not it would be worth it both for myself or users. I get hit up a lot to make tutorials but my life is just way too busy to find the time - but if I can justify it by monetizing it a little bit then maybe I'd consider giving it a shot. I enjoy sharing small behind-the-scenes/process vids and silly little side projects on my Instagram but I'm searching for a way to step it up a bit both in quality/worth for viewers and make it worth all the time I put into it for myself. It's not all about the money but "for fun" only goes so far. Kids gotta eat.
Seems like some artists use it to fund larger side projects by rewarding monthly subscriptions with consistent, exclusive artwork delivery. I guess it's like Kickstarter but without the all-or-nothing stigma. Not especially familiar with it though, so this whole paragraph can be ignored tbh 🤷♂️
Aren't those for Instagram models?
In all seriousness-- what would you hope to gain from having a page? What would you offer to make it worth it?