It's about a year ago now that I properly set up this Patreon, so it feels like a good time to say a big thank you to everyone who's ever been involved in it - without your support, I don't think there's any way I'd be doing YouTube full time at this point, and for those of you who watch the vlog and understand my family situation, you'll know just how much of a difference that particular lifestyle decision has made to my entire family. So thank you.
But I think it's also fair to say, that despite your incredible support, I've been guilty of biting off more than I can chew with some of the rewards, and it's time I fixed that. I've always tried to live by the mantra "under-promise, over-deliver", and unfortunately this Patreon has largely been the opposite of that, sometimes because of it actually being impossible to deliver on a promise, and sometimes because I'm just not very organised! Sorry folks.
So with immediate effect, I'm making the following changes to my reward structure:
- Removing the merchandise discount - this worked with my previous merch supplier, but I can't find a way to make it work with the current supplier, so I'll just remove it as a promise. If I ever figure out how to do it, I'll make sure to add it back in.
- Removing the monthly private livestream from the $10 level. I've never actually done it, and I stream 3 times a week as it is, plus occasional vlog streams. Realistically, if I'm streaming, I don't want to hide it behind a pay-wall, which is why I never have. So I need to stop promising I will!
- I'm lowering the price to get your name in the video credits from $20 a month to $5 a month. It only seems fair if I'm removing some benefits to give something back! So the current $20+ folk aren't left out, I'll make sure that the higher your donation, the more prominent your name is in the credits
- Removing early access to videos - due to changes with the YouTube user-interface, there's no simple way to do this anymore, and I haven't done it for a while anyway because of this. It also fits in with the whole "not hiding content behind a pay-wall thing"
I hope this is all OK - I wanted to be as up front about it all as possible to give you a chance to amend your pledge before the end of the month when they go through again. Also, if you're in at $5 a month or more and I don't follow you on Twitter, let me know who you are and I'll sort that, and if you're in at $50 a month and I haven't made a video with you yet, again, get in touch, we'll throw some ideas around!
Once again, thanks for all of your amazing support on this Patreon. I've had close to £3000 appear in my bank account over the last year from you lot, which is staggering, and equates roughly to two months bills for our family. It's just mad, and I'll never be able to express just how grateful we all are to each and every one of you.
Expect the front page to update over the next few days, and a new video.