I am amid the process of shutting down my Patreon profile. I pulled the funds to the credit card, and all I need to do is to wait for it to lay down, and go to the bank. In this post, I am going to tell you about my experience with Patreon.
I created the profile in 2018, as an option to gather fans, and make a living. The way I saw working on Patreon was like this: If I gathered around 100 people, and all of them donated around 3$ per month, this would sum up to 300$, but with the taxes and fees, the transactions and conversion to RSD which is a national monetary system in my country, that would come up to 270$, way below the minimal wage here, but enough for monthly expenses. So, I wasn’t aiming at getting rich, or anything, just barely enough to keep living and writing. That was the plan. The method on how this should work in practice was that you would need to do 20% of work, to get 80% of results. It would be very counter-productive if you did 80% of work to gain 20% of income. There’s this scale of how much time you need to invest to get desirable results. Therefore, one story a month, with deep insight in writing, idea, and approach to the story as a bonus feature was my main content, while some other writeups, idea analysis and photos were the secondary, something I’d post from time to time for the sake of entertainment. What went wrong? Well, marketing is the first problem, and the second was the material. I am writing military science fiction, which is not the most popular genre, and there’s the fact that people read less and less. And then there’s the language barrier, writing in different tongue, trying to mimic the native speakers, working my way around the grammar and rules of language I was using for my stories. There’s a certain limit to which you can freestyle, but after the threshold, you sort of must learn to write properly and elegantly. Reading raw material is not the same as reading something that was edited, proofread, well thought through and formatted. So, those were three problems. My writing quality and knowledge of the language, marketing, and content itself.
Marketing is far biggest problem. If you don’t have a dynamic platform and following, the chances are you will not find much luck in forming a decent following. I have built a fine company of bloggers here on Dronstadblog. You can see the number is over 1100+ followers here, which is a success for me. Persuading these followers to migrate on to another platform, and asking for donations is another type of animal to hunt down and put in the bag. This is where quality comes to play, as much as your targeted audience. Many times a writer must also promote his personality if he/she wants to sell his book. Making friends, being active on the platform, sharing stuff, joining the challenges and promo feeds is recommendable, as your name will pop up in various groups and blogs. That sounds great, and as something you should do, correct? Wrong. Blogs were popular ten years ago, and you could’ve done a lot when the blogs were a new hip thing everyone had to had. Today, with other platforms, greater competition, and modern apps where everything is instant, the demographic sort of changed and younger generations went for what was new and trendy like Instagram, TikTok and other social platforms. No problem with that. It’s just something that always happened. Now, I was trying to interest people of my own age, around 25-35 age group, but then again, people of that age have their own lives, and not much time for blogging. I mean, we are talking about students that just got their first jobs, career people starting their family, and others that just chase for their own goals. In short, I had a good idea, but I did everything wrong from the beginning.
If only I wrote a heartachingly love stories for the women, published a few stories on Amazon, kept my YouTube going with fun videos about trendy topics, learned more about marketing, financed the adds on social media platforms, got myself in some scandalous situations where I can get a free marketing spree of headlines, joined some blogging community, and fought tooth and nail to get the spotlight on me 24/7, maybe the things would be different, but that also reduces to 80% of work to get 20% of results, and I was already doing that with constant learning the language, editing, working on a farm, and still trying to live a decent life. Perhaps Patreon was never for me. Perhaps I didn’t know what I was doing. There are a lot of possibilities and routs I could’ve taken, but then again, perhaps I decided to play on a hard mode and lost.
Of course, there are some good things that came out of Patreon. There’s a hefty collection of 20+ stories, most of them edited, proofread, formatted, well organized and well written. I could publish those somewhere, and say I did something. The experience and knowledge I gained from editing, writing, painting and communicating with my patrons and editors is priceless. My skills advanced whole 10 levels from where I used to be in the beginning. All of the donations I got, and all of the stuff I learned in the process can’t be put on the scale and measured. So, I cherish this attempt of becoming a modest writer and a blogger, as this blogging and writing brought me a lot of friends. Did you know that, you can’t buy friendship, only deserve it?
But what now after Patreon is terminated? Hm… I’ll need some time to process things before making a plan what to do next. One thing is certain more than others. I’ll keep writing, and posting stories, here on Dronstadblog, just like in the old days before Patreon. Writing some thematic articles is also a possibility, and I look forward in creating more stuff for my blogging friends, Brothers and Sisters in Quill. So, even if Patreon is done with, I am still here.
Until the next time, which is in about two days, take care and bye.
P.S.: Say hi to Commander Kitten. It’s still an official mascot of my Cyber Corpse Army.
P.S.S.: It’s just a photo I found online. This kitten is not my pet.