I have an issue with something. I’ve investigated it a dozen different ways. I’ve done research. I’ve tried to form an intelligent opinion. However, I think my basic prejudice is stopping me from seeing any advantages.
So, I’m coming to y’all for your opinions and maybe to steer me in a different direction.
Here’s the issue: Patreon.
Once upon a time, artists had patrons. They wouldn’t have been able to continue with their art without them. Art was not monetized and they would have starved to death. Probably where the starving artist living in an attic idea originated.
With the monetization of art, patrons dropped by the wayside. However, the idea is back and, frankly, it offends me.
As an author/artist you sign up for Patreon to get “sustainable” income. You offer special books/stories/blog posts to Patreon subscribers. They, in turn, sign up using the dollar amount you specify. Say, for example, I put a Patreon link on my page and charge $5.00 per month for you to get special blog posts. Or a story every month. Or special content that isn’t accessible to anyone else. That’s the premise of Patreon.
Here’s why it offends me:
- One author stated that the reason she was doing Patreon was to enable her to get stuff for her new house. Color me confused, but do readers have to pay for your toaster?
- One author whined about her recent expenses and said that Patreon enabled her to continue with her writing. I have an innate dislike for anyone who whines, especially if that person then solicits money. You’re a writer. Write. Don’t beg.
- One writer asked for $1.00 per month with the promise that she would add a suggested drink pairing to each story. Oh, and she said: “I want to make a living from my writing.” Well, honey child, so do the rest of us. If you’re a writer, write. Readers who read your books are your patrons. If you have to solicit money through other means, perhaps you should concentrate on writing another book.
- There are several popular blogs where the blog owner/writer thinks s/he is worthy of a tip for their wisdom. I do not agree. Whenever I see someone write a blog post and then solicit money for it, I’m frankly annoyed.
Where am I going wrong? What do you think of Patreon?