Patreon.com grows every day as creative people come together seeking like-minded patrons. I learned about the system on a Facebook Group! The idea appealed to me. A recent video from one of the people who set up the system was encouraging. I set out to create a Patreon Page for my personal blogging. JudyAnn Lorenz https://www.patreon.com/JudyAnnLorenz
The original intent has been to blog about life on our small patch of Missouri Ozarks rocky country. We are card carrying negligent gardeners. We do take good care of the cats, dog, chickens and horses.
When I started I had some ‘fru-fru’ visions of starting plants for my containers this year. I am particularly pleased with the decorative sweet potato vines we love to show off. In my fantasies, I didn’t expect the ugliest season that we’ve experienced since moving here. We’ve been invaded by seriously destructive pests THREE times. More colorful in words than reality and definitely not the ‘goody 2 shoes’ topics I had planned! Besides terrible gardening, life in the Ozarks includes some cooking, reading and needlework.
How Does Patreon Work?
An internal community encourages creators to support or become patrons for other creative members. That ‘crutch’ is encouraging and a wholesome prospect for the community.
Writers and other artists are using Patreon as an additional virtual launching place. One spot won’t do it…marketing is a huge part of being a ‘selling’ artist. Before the Internet, the investment in time and dollars was extremely high. I understand that art preference is subjective, however, I observed mediocre art becoming popular because of ample marketing money.
Patreon has a different approach. Patrons can commit to a support amount for the artist they choose. The amounts are determined by the artists. Patrons can commit to support a specific project for a specific amount. Or they can be invited to support on a regular basis, usually a monthly contribution. (Patreon charges a percentage of the contribution for platform and fund management)
What is the Payoff for Patrons
Patrons are offered private rewards. These can include:
- Exclusive access
- Early access
- Tangible gifts
- Contact with the artist — close-up and personal or with phone or email.
Art — Your Perception or Mine?
Video and podcasting are popular choices at Patreon. Painters, writers, musicians all join the community. Writers include bloggers, novelists, playwrights, song writers and poets.
The work of each artist is available only to the patrons. Some artists make this a permanent condition while others have their work ‘locked’ for a certain period of time. Each creator has a bio/profile page explaining the art and goals for that art. If a patron isn’t interested there is no pressure to offer support. Patrons are found in the community and from marketing efforts on the part of the creators.
Because my creativity lies in blogging, I’ve asked for larger numbers of followers at lower patron contribution. I want many readers eagerly awaiting the next bit of beauty or crumb of catastrophe among the cardinals and stone bluffs of the Ozarks.
Are you a creator? How do you promote or place your creations? Patreon.com may interest you.