How I Misunderstood Patreon
Back in the early 2000s, I saw all sorts of content creators setting up “PayPal Tip Jars” on their web pages. I thought it was really cringy at the time, but I get it now, people want to get paid for their content, even if its people simply tipping them out of the goodness of their hearts.
Fast-forward to the mid-2010s. Now we’ve got Patreon and without looking into it, I thought it was the same thing. Whenever I’d watch a YouTuber, many of them would be schilling their Patreon memberships. At the time, I thought it was just a subscription based tip jar and still scoffed at it.
Nobody should be ashamed to shill for themselves and make a living off what they love. Many people are tired of their day jobs and want to be independent. That’s why MLM scams are so prolific. It gets them drunk on the idea of being their own boss. But Patreon (and sites like it) allow you to actually be an entrepreneur and not a phony.
Having taken the time and looked at what Patreon can do, my mind was actually changed. There’s some really cool features and abilities to offer exclusive content to your Patrons. To say the least, I plan to set up some sort of plan when I get a better feel of what exclusive things I can offer that someone would actually pay for. It would be nice to make some extra money off my blog (hence, why it’s monetized), or my writing, or my artwork.