It is true what they say, social media is an addiction. The less time I spend on there, the less time I wanted to spend on there. I didn’t miss waiting for the comments and likes. I have to say, there was a feeling of liberation. Slowly it is creeping back in, but I will resist.
This gave me the time, over Christmas and New Year, to reflect on my progress and writing. I also spent some quality time with my family and wrote a considerable amount of my crime novel.
One of the factors I reflected on was my Patreon account.
What is Patreon
For those that don’t know Patreon is a platform where you can have your creative page. You can then charge people to subscribe to your page, for a monthly fee. You set this fee, it can be anything from $1 to $1000. My subscription rates range from $1 to $40. Depending on which tier you become a patron on, will depend on the rewards and support you get.
The channel has been compared to crowdfunding, but I believe it is so much more. If you are a creative person, not just a writer, it is worth checking out.
Moving Forward with my Patreon
My growth has been good on there, but as with everything, it could be better. To facilitate growth, I have decided to offer member-only content. Twice a week I will publish exclusive content. The content will fall into both the fiction and non-fiction categories.
For non-fiction, I will post updates on my journey to be published, tips and tricks I learn along the way. Posts and information you might find useful. For fiction fans, I am going to publish a short story once a week.
If you are an existing $1 member you will continue to get access to the timeline of my group. This allows you to post links to more posts, social media and publication. If you are a $2 member you will get this and the extra member-only content. If you could see yourself clear of joining the higher tier I will be eternally grateful.
I also post some free content on Patreon. For those not able to support me financially, a follow will get you access to these posts. Following on Patreon is like a follow on Medium, costs nothing.
My Commitment to All Writers
I was talking to my partner about how I am rubbish at asking people to subscribe to anything. She said it was about knowing my self-worth. Noting everything I do for nothing, to help the writing community.
My first project to help other writers this year is my poetry newsletter. This helps poets get recognised by showcasing them and their work every week. If you are interested in being a featured poet please comment below.
Second is my Facebook group which has become a good community. I will continue to work with my writers there.
Although I have these projects, I will never be comfortable with asking for subscriptions.
All I will say is that I value every person who reads my posts and every member of my Patreon. From the bottom of my heart thank you for your support. Over the months your small contribution has been the difference between feeding ourselves and not.
Happy New Year All.