Now on Patreon
All my work is free. That doesn’t mean it’s free to make.
I joined Patreon recently. Patreon for those not in the know is a website that enables creators, such as myself, to be funded solely by fans. Aka readers and listeners like you. Not that I have any fans at this early stage.
But I joined Patreon this early for a number of reasons, other than making sure to secure my name on the service.
Distribution is important for any creator, and Patreon offers another method of getting my work out there. It’s also why I post all my work to Medium. Both sites are centralized services with some nice reach and community features that are great for sharing work. At the same time they provide great analytics while still connecting to Youtube, my podcast and my games on itch.io. Those in turn provide their own analytics. Not that analytics matter at this point for me. But it’s still important to be collecting that information.
Creating my rewards for patrons gave me the chance to stop and think about what I can do, what I can afford to do, and what I would like to do in the future. Currently I’m a stay-at-home dad and my time is limited. So is my income. That’s why the first tier is only $50 with the purpose of simply covering the costs. Those costs being my internet subscription, Xbox Live subscription, website hosting and podcast hosting.
Future Patreon goals are motivation. Not just to share my work but to keep creating and trying different projects. And while I’m working on a second podcast with some friends, which should launch soon, I always have more ideas. For example, if I receive $500 a month then I’ll create and release one new game a month. My current output is approximately, one every two months and those games aren’t very long. Part of that is due to the aforementioned lack of time, but also other priorities. So support like that would enable me to refocus.
In the future I’d like to write/create full-time, and Patreon should help me get there. At the very least it allows me to create with you the community in mind, and share with you my process, my ideas, and what’s coming in the future. Some of that will always be free. The podcasts and video streams at the very least will be. Stories and games will depend on how long and complex they are. If anything is produced with a team then any decision to share that with you for free is not one I can make alone.
Regardless of whether you are a patreon I do appreciate the fact you’ve taken the time to look, listen, read or play my work. Getting to make and share things is why I do this, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you have the least you can do for me is to share it with your friends and family, or review the podcast on iTunes. Thanks again and keep checking back for more.