Case in point--I spent about a month planning what I wanted to create with this Patreon page, devising tiers, asking potential patrons what they liked or thought could be improved, and then began putting it together with a plan for the launch (which, by the way, I'm still working on...)
And then, in the space of the 20 seconds it took me to open my email, I found out that Patreon is going to be just another crappy platform that wants to screw over the contentmakers that are basically the reason for its existence. How so?
Well, as a patron myself, I like the fact that when I sign up for an amount, I know that that amount is exactly what the creator is getting. No more, maybe a little less once the platform takes its cut. But a dollar a month isn't going to break me, and the clarity and transparency makes it easy to hit the button and start the donation.
Now, when you pledge a dollar, you're going to be forking over more like a buck fifty, once their "fee" and 2.8% other fee take effect.
Okay, solutions, not problems. I could move to another platform. Since I've only been here a month, I could pick up my content and head someplace else. Which I may end up doing, but in the meantime, I'm a little invested in this platform, both as a patron and a creator. I'm going to keep a weather eye open and see what opportunities present themselves that will result in the least disruption for my patrons.
But the other thing I'm going to do is revise my tier pricing to eat the fallout from Patreon's bullshit surprise message. Which, thanks but no thanks, they blame--oh sorry, credit doing for us. In the next week, I'm going to be combining my $1 and $3 tier into one single $1 tier, and knocking a few bucks off the other ones, once I determine how much the extra pricing would affect each tier. I'm not really the best at math, but I will do my best to calculate something that will end up being close to what patrons are paying for those tiers already.
If anyone has any other suggestions, let me know. I'm open to them.
In the meantime, I will keep writing, keep coaching, keep telling stories and keep NOT letting the bastards get us down.