OK, I finally took the plunge and published my Patreon page. I will have a YouTube video up about it, sometime within the next week, but for now, I just wanted to tell you a little bit about Patreon. I also wanted to tell you why I have decided now is a good time to publish it.
To start, what is Patreon?
Patreon is a site where you can support artists, writers, bloggers, YouTubers, content creators, etc. You make a monthly pledge. Think about those PBS fundraiser drives, where you pledge to pay a certain amount every month.
What do you get in return?
Some creators have exclusive content for their supports. They offer discounts and special products that will only be available to those that support them. It all depends on the creator.
So why did I do it?
I will be honest I have had a Patreon page for awhile, but just haven’t hit that “publish” button. Why not? Well, to be honest, I wasn’t really comfortable with it. I have been having issues with consistency. Is my content stuff really any good? There was just a lot of self doubt. Let’s face it, if you are here reading my blog, it is a minor miracle! (leave a comment below so I can actually say HI!)
So why did I take the plunge now? I have decided to get serious about my blogging/vlogging/selling online. The more videos I do the better I become. To be honest doing videos was really outside my comfort zone, but I have started to just do them anyways, and in the past year I really feel that I have grown.
Then along came the COPPA thing. You can learn more about COPPA and Disney YouTubers HERE) Now for starters I am no where near monetizing my YouTube Channel. You need 1000 subscribers and 4000. But now YouTube has kind of changed things around.
If you have a page that is is aimed at children, or could appeal to children, you need to claim it as such. This is said to reduce your ad income by 70%.
Since most of my content is Disney related it could be seen as aimed at kids. So if I ever reach that point where I can monetize it, will it be worth it?
At this point I reached the decision to take my blog and my vlogging efforts in a different direction. Which is Patreon.
Making videos is not inexpensive. There is the cameras the lights, the editing software. Then there are the supplies for the videos. The crafting supplies, the mystery boxes I unbox. I haven’t even mentioned the amount of time that I put into recording, editing, saving, uploading and other task that need to be done when a video is being published.
And here is another reason I published on Patreon.
Accountability. If I know I actually have fans out there that are looking forward to my content. Looking forward enough that they monetarily support it? That gives me a reason to publish content. I no longer have the excuse, “well no one watches my videos” or “no one reads my blog”. I have a pool of people who I know are there supporting me. That is such a great thing!
So with all this talk, are you curious to see what my Patreon page looks like? I am only asking those who really feel like they can support me. I value all my viewers/readers.
So what are your thoughts on Patreon?
I am just wondering how you feel? Should creators ask for monetary support? What should you expect in return for monthly patronage?
This is such a hot topic, I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time, Have a magical day!