Over the last couple of months, I have been pondering the question of how to be more interactive with my followers. Interaction is such a major part of what writers do, which is why it is important to all. I have various platforms some of them more active than others. None of them offers me the opportunity to interact with my followers. To offer content, without disadvantaging those that can not afford to contribute financially.
It is important when you look at these platforms that you understand the pro and cons of all. These are not my experiences, but the feedback I have heard other writers make as well. So which is the perfect platform to interact with your followers on.
Patreon is an essential platform for all creators. It allows you to build up a personalised relationship with your fans.
I set up my Patreon many months ago. I am pleased with the progress, my patrons are valuable to me. However, it has not grown at the speed I would have liked. Some areas work, some have not. As with everything, growth and change are inevitable. The problem I found with Patreon though is that the interaction between followers and yourself is hard to navigate. There isn’t the free flow I would like. It is also a large amount of work to keep it running and offer the value patrons deserve.
An email list is cheap to set up and easy to use. I have a great love for my email list and the people I interact with there. The negative though is not everyone interacts with you. Some people joined your list ages ago and no longer open your emails, you could be shouting into the abyss. It is also not that instant to communicate with people. For me, emails feel very formal when I talk to my followers as well.
Since Facebook started offering paid ads they have destroyed the organic reach of posts. Basically speaking, if you do not pay for an ad you will be lucky if a quarter of the people on your page see your content. The other major disadvantage of a Facebook page is it is on Facebook. With their ludicrous new rules where you can be banned for anything, you can soon lose your page.
On the first inspection, Ko-Fi looked nothing more than a giving style page, when you dive in it is so much more. The site is an area to showcase your work. You can add such a variety of material to it.
Want to share your pictures with your followers, no problem. Want to add a video, not a problem. Blog posts, not a problem. You have the facility to share these posts with Facebook and Twitter. There is also the facility to add a link to all your social media including your website.
On this platform, you can feature all your work. You can also ask for a donation, to buy a coffee. There is no expectation for people to financially support you, they still see your content, but the option is there. At the bottom of each post is a short message to ask for a donation. You can also offer locked content to reward those that are kind enough to spare £3 to support you.
My Plan to Interact
This was everything that I wanted in a site. Over the last couple of weeks, I have started growing my profile, putting links on etc. There is so much more to add, but it is underway. Here I have a home to add all my content or links to it regardless of which platform hosts it. My true crime, parenting articles, LGBT content, TikTok videos and so much more, for those that follow me.
So please if you feel that you can follow me do, the platform is easy to set up a profile it takes no more than thirty seconds. I would love to build a community of friends and followers there.