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Patreon Is Not For Me

I've thought about this long and hard and let some time go by before coming to this conclusion. Patreon is not for me. Let me just say that I haven't had any bad experiences with it, and this post is not meant to bash in any way, shape or form. Patreon is extremely user friendly and really allows creators to tailor benefits and rewards for their patrons easily. It's been around a little bit now and there are TONS of people utilizing it. There are so many cosplayers and bloggers that have/are able to use Patreon to their advantage and make profits, but things didn't fare so well for me. My Patreon posts would get a few views here and there, but nothing substantial. There was no interaction, which really bummed me out. One of the things I really like about social media is connecting with other people and interacting. So the fact that I didn't get that let me down a lot I have to say. I didn't get any patrons either. After searching around and asking for suggestions to improve, I got some good input that I implemented. However, even after trying out different approaches, things stayed the same. I'm not complaining that I didn't make any money from it, please don't take it that way. I just don't think that that format is one that suites me best.

There is so much freedom on there, and each time I tried coming up with rewards, I found it very difficult. You're basically selling and marketing yourself and rewarding those that contribute. I find it hard to fathom someone wanting to pay me on a regular basis for something that I do. I think it's the reward system itself that I have an issue with. You reward patrons who either contribute on a monthly basis, or a per-project basis. The latter is more reasonable in my opinion but still not one that I found easy to setup. I initially wanted to setup a Patreon site for my blog, but because Cosplay is such a huge part of my blog and my life I squeezed it in there. Maybe that's where the difficulty is for me. While having patrons contribute per costume is more reasonable, per blog post? That doesn't seem like a fair exchange. Especially since my blog is not that popular. It's lost a lot of stats since I re-branded things to Nerdy Curve (thanks blogger/google).

After things not working out the way I was expecting, I'm not giving up. I've been thinking about different approaches, especially with my Cosplays. Instead of having a Patreon for my cosplay, I will be using either Etsy or Storenvy and sell prints and photo sets. I have storefronts with both I just need to weigh the pros and cons of each site before I start. I've had people express interest in several of my cosplays. If someone is interested in a specific cosplay, why should they have to sign up to contribute money each month if that's not what they want. Why not offer them a way to get the photo or set they want without paying for anything additional? So shortly I will be selling photos as individual prints or sets, both digitally and print. and closing down my Patreon page.  As for my blog, I still have things to work on to get my stats back up to par, but I will be utilizing other methods.

If you are interested in one of my cosplays as a print or digital download, please let me know and I will shoot it for you! Just drop me an email or a message on social media!

lotsa love to ya!
I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!