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Who is this Czardus guy?I love gaming, and back in June 2017 I started sharing some of my video gaming with the world. So many of you have been so supportive that it just makes it easy to want to keep sharing videos, but of course life gets in the way sometimes. I currently have a full-time job as an attorney, and love to spend time with my wife and son.
What’s the long-term goal for Czardus anyway?Playing games and making YouTube videos has proven to be a great motivator for me and I love being able to see others enjoying my content. It would be wonderful to be able to use the income from this hobby to pay down student loans and maybe one day, in a dream world, be able to work from home.
Don’t those pesky ads on YouTube provide income?Yes, but much less than you may expect. Even just $1 a month from Patreon is a lot more than I would get even if you watched every single video I post on YouTube from start to finish.
In addition, YouTube revenue is heavily influenced by several factors including number of views and seasonal ad rates. Patreon revenue, on the other hand, could be much more stable and would allow me to provide content without worrying quite so much about the number of views.
What does being a Patron get you?I’ve thought a lot about what benefits to provide, researched what other content creators offer, and even surveyed my community to find the right combinations of benefits. Here’s what I’ve come up with, and keep in mind that I’m always open to ideas for new benefits (so this may get tweaked at some point to bring you the best stuff):
Supporter - $1 / month
This is a great tier for anyone who wants to support me in general and gain some exclusive benefits. You can get:
- Special Access to a Subscribers-only chat channel on Discord. I’ll often chat with subscribers about what I’m working on, or bounce ideas back and forth for things to do for the channel.
- Name in Credits. During each video, I post a thank you overlay listing all of the people who support me here on Patreon. You could have your name on that list.
- In one video each month, I'll announced that "this video is brought to you by..." and mention you by name.
- Name in Game. A small house will be named after you in Beliford.
- Community City Build - You will get to vote in polls here on Patreon to select which submissions are included in the community city build.
Associate Producer - $5 / month
This is a great tier for anyone who wants to get just a little bit more. Here’s what you get:
- Everything listed in the Supporter tier.
- Exclusive Access to Savegame files. Each week I'll be uploading the save file for active saves, when possible.
- Name in Game. A large house will be named after you in Beliford.
- Community City Build - In addition to getting to vote in the polls to select the submissions, you'll also be given a preview of which areas will be available for builds in the next month of the community city, effectively giving you extra time to build your submission.
$97 of $100 per month
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When I reach $100 per month, I will be earning enough from Patreon to cover the various software expenses I have for doing videos.
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