Based on his feedback, I'm thinking about making a few changes and really want to hear what you think. Seriously, please comment and help me shape this best for you.
1. Switching from monthly to "per creation"
Instead of having you guys support Video Creators on a flat monthly fee, Peter pointed out that there's more transparency when people support on a "per creation" basis. That way patrons only pay when they get what they signed up to support rather than blindly paying every month even if I don't publish anything. So I'm thinking about making the change to charging per creation instead of monthly. What do you think?
(Don't worry about being charged too much: you can limit how much you want to support in a month so you don't get billed for a hundreds of new trainings or something.)
In my case, a "creation" would include both videos and podcast episodes that are designed to train you on how to develop your YouTube audience and business, excluding brand sponsored content.
2. Updating rewards I offer
Many of the rewards will stay the same for their equivalent "per video" reward tier, but I'm adding a few more.
Pledge $1 per training
Pledge $3 or more per training
Pledge $10 or more per training
Pledge $30 or more per training
Hire a video editor so I can focus more time on prepping good content.
We'll do a public live stream on Video Creators and give all patrons access to join the video call with their webcam/mic.
Upgrade my camera. My old Canon 60D overheats and shuts off at random times while shooting.
All current patrons get a vcTV t-shirt!
Patrons determine the US city and I'll fly there for a meetup.
How much it costs me to create a training
I really do appreciate your support because most people do not understand what it costs in time, energy, and resources to create valuable YouTube audience and business training materials. But I know you, as a creator, understand because you create the same kind of value for your own audience, so thank you for helping me be able to do that for you!
I did some rough math and it costs me approximately $300 to create and publish each video for you. For years I've been paying that myself, but as my family continues to grow (we have 6 kids now!) and we're moving out of our 900-some square foot house to get more space for the 8 of us, I really appreciate all that you guys contribute to help me serve both you and my family.
I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these changes, as well as any other ideas you have and rewards that you'd love for me to offer. Thank you so much!