I wanted to take a moment to talk about why I created this. Most people say something that involves the words "enable", "make possible", "support", and while all of those things are applicable, they focus on the money and what money can do to improve their channels, lives, or projects, and not the dynamic it has the potential to create with their viewers.
My videos don't cost anything to make, and I don't need to be paid to emit my always-churning passion for interesting shit onto video; Your funding won't go directly towards a new camera, or towards hardware that I'm going to buy off the web and review, or towards some philanthropic goal; instead it's not about the money -- it's about my time, and it's about your interest.
I've been making videos on YouTube since 2007, and on my original channel, I spent a lot of that time censoring many of my own ideas because I was afraid of alienating my existing viewers, many of which subscribed due to a handful of specific videos that went viral back when it was easy for anything on YouTube to go viral; I avoided virtually anything technical in nature because I didn't want to go over the heads of the only people that I figured would be watching.
About 5 years ago, I spun off what is now my current channel and I called it "etc.", it was to be my dumping ground -- where I uploaded anything free-form, anything I was passionate about discussing, and anything I deemed too technical, bland, or repetitive to bother my "fans" with... things I just had to make videos about. Fast forward five years: the channel where I'm my unfiltered self is growing rather rapidly, and in that time I've learned two things:
- Nothing is too niche on the internet
- Being yourself is always a secret weapon
I started making and editing videos when I was 8. For my tenth birthday I got a Sony HandyCam for Christmas -- not because it was the nicest model, or the cheapest model, but because it had the most in-camera effects and a titler. I'm an IT security and development professional by trade, but I went to school for video production -- it's always been my passion.
My first videos were edited on tape using an edit controller and my first viewers were my friends. YouTube isn't a chore or a career to me, making videos has always been a creative outlet of mine, long before it was something you could monetize.
I always thought it was a noble thing to be a creator without funding. My first channel often made fun of paid advertisements, pre-roll ads, and even Patreon itself as YouTube shifted from being a hobby to something you might do as a career.
Lately, I've had a handful of people asking me where my Patreon was, and initially I scoffed at the idea of creating one. I didn't want to create a series of obligations I needed to fulfill for what I saw as something that would benefit neither the quality nor quantity of my videos, and while it probably won't; I've changed my mind.
I created this Patreon because it solves a few issues for me:
- It gives me a way to post my more topical or transient thoughts, drafts, and a bunch of other "junk" (like long live streams after they're over) -- that you'd probably find interesting -- without saturating my channel with videos that I wouldn't want someone to come across as the first video they see of mine.
- It gives me a way to do personal, postal, or in-person projects with viewers without worrying about these things having to scale to my entire subscriber base. If I have something to give away, send, or include X people on, I now have a way to select X supporters from an ordered list.
- It provides a way for the people who really, really want to support me to do so without extra overhead. People wanting to pay for their content is a thing, and it's a good thing. I understand that people appreciate the content they consume and they want to contribute a bit to help making sure it doesn't stop or diminish.
Lastly, I want to make clear that I appreciate all views, paid or not; if you can't afford to support my channel, then please don't. I'm going to neither go hungry nor stop making content without it. You won't miss out on anything as a non-patron; I'm not making any major videos that are exclusive to patrons; my usual produced content will always be freely available on YouTube.
Thanks for all of your support, monetary or otherwise,