Earlier this year, Patreon increased their fees. They gave plenty of warning before hand, and stated that people who launched their page before the fee increase would be able to keep the old fees. So despite the fact that I wasn’t ready, I set up and launched my Patreon page.
It was something that I’d already planned to do, at some point in the future, when I had a bit more of a following. But with the fee increase, I rushed that decision.
I quickly got my first Patron. A friend. I was ecstatic and very grateful. But since then I’ve had no other Patrons. I wasn’t expecting any, but it was still disappointing. I found myself not updating and posting, and just generally neglecting the page.
And so I made the decision to put the page on hold. I’d go back to my original plan and wait until I had more of a following. I had a look at the options and there were two. You could “pause the upcoming billing cycle” or you could “unlaunch creator page”. Since I wasn’t sure how long I’d want to wait before relaunching, I clicked the second option, expecting to go to a page with more things to read and tick.
There was no other page. My page was unlaunched.
Unfortunately, when I relaunch, I’ll be subject to the fees at the time. Not the old fees. The reason I set it up in the first place.
What I should have done was the first option – pause the upcoming billing cycle – and repeatedly done that until I was ready to restart.
Hindsight is 20/20, or something like that.
I will go back to Patreon one day. My page and my perks and my monsters are sitting there waiting. But in the meantime I have the blog – which one day I will be consistent with – and I have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Deviant Art and Etsy.