My Current Thoughts on Patreon

Late last year, I changed the goals of my Patreon to be less serious and a little more comical, plus totally unobtainable. The reason I did this is that one of my backers for that site got ‘declined’. I’m not sure what that means, but I would guess that the backer in question didn’t have enough funds in their accounts to go through the transaction.

My thoughts towards Patreon has changed over the few years it’s been up, from initial skepticism, to trying to embrace it, to now my taste going a little sour on the whole thing.  I guess you can say that I’m a very poor salesman when it comes to convincing people to sign up and that I’ve not spent the time needed to gain a significant amount of patreons.

But there are a lot of people who are worse off than I am and the thought of people giving to me–for nothing in return–even when they don’t have the funds to even make their ends meet.  It’s not something I can get behind anymore.  This is compounded further by the fact that I have albums on sale and stream-able from various stores and services.

The amount of money that I make off of the actual music–even when it’s distributed for free on my site–far exceed anything that I’ve accomplished on Patreon.  It’s not enough to make a living off of, but of all the things that is generated by my music, that’s where it’s at for me.  My youtube and adsense earnings are dismal, not enough to even cover an average cell-phone bill.  So it makes sense not to bother with you guys asking for donations.

If you wish to give to my patreon, I appreciate it, but please think of yourselves before you give to me.  If you’re strapped for cash and still want to support me, there are ways you can do it for free, even.  If you listen to music on Spotify or Deezer or other music streaming platforms, chances are that most of my music is there.  You don’t have to pay anything additional to listen to my stuff there and I make far more per music stream than I ever have with YouTube video plays.

And if you do wish to support me monetarily, please consider buying one of my bulk albums instead and possibly rating them.  Not only do you get 101 tracks right away, but you support me more by helping the ranking of these albums in services like iTunes.

Again, I appreciate all your support and can’t tell you thanks enough for getting me to where I am now.  I’m just not sure Patreon is for me is all.