Changes to Patreon, or, Charging What I’m Worth

Hi everyone, I’m here to discuss why I’m making changes to my Patreon.

You can access my Patreon account here.

I’ve used the service to support a few different things I’ve done in the past, starting with making YouTube videos. But, I’ve removed my YouTube channel due to the fact that it was demonetized. There was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth during the demonetization, and when I was hit, instead of continuing to upload videos for zero ad revenue I took them all down.

In all, my ad revenue was enough to pay for my cell phone bill every month, but it was an ethical decision on my part to shut it down. I just don’t want to have a channel on YouTube with all of the changes they’ve made; and I don’t mind losing visibility or flattening my reach. I’d rather stick to my guns and do what I think is personally right for me instead of continue on a platform that gives me more attention.

So, I’ve mostly replaced my YouTube presence with one on Facebook (where I do livestreams) and post stolen memes, supporting this website that covers my hobbyhorses of right wing gossip and the changing face of technology, in particular ICOs and in electioneering. Last Saturday morning I had a stream (it’s now offline, because sometimes life is unfair — but I enjoyed it, because I usually have Saturday morning off to relax and could talk without need to log off within 30 minutes to get back to work) where I opened by discussing the shameful, dishonest aspect of “working online,” where people who “work online” are often obtuse as to their income. “Working online as a journalist” is not an ideal profession if you’re looking for fat stacks and I would definitely recommend it to stay-at-home moms (it’s nice to have your own income and to not need an allowance from your husband) and people with disabilities. If you can get the work you ought to be thankful for it.

One myth I would prefer to not have attached to my online presence is that all I do in my life is Tweet, write gossip on this blog and do livestreams. Sometimes people will tweet at me asking where I am if I take a day off the internet, and others will press me for more live streams, or more this or more that. Now, that would be nice, but I do have real work and a real life to which I must attend. Most of my income comes from writing (both news and contract consulting work). I will always cancel a live stream on my channel if it interferes with work, because work pays me more. Plain and simple. Writing is both a hobby and a job for me, and I enjoy it, but looking at the time I spend doing different things during the week, it’s unreasonable for me to do much for free.

Recently I worked out a series of possible pay structures for a political campaign venture that went from “reasonable, dedicated part time working hours” to “you own my life and have a special Bat Phone that you can call at any time of the day,” and it dawned on me that I should use the same structure for my online work.

So, I’m changing my Patreon to more accurately represent my contract fees, starting with a lowball. Depending on the project, I charge¬†at minimum $30 USD an hour if I’m editing work that already exists (or if I’m working laterally with someone else), and higher if I am producing original work, all timed with an app. If more hours are required or if it’s time-sensitive, the cost climbs. So I’m implementing something similar for all of my livestreams and writing. Since this site is less intensive and still hobby level I would probably look for $20 an hour to guarantee my time, with the price going up as the time committed goes up. This would allow me to rationalize¬†not cancelling livestreams at short notice in order to do other, better paying contracts, because I would still be getting a reasonable return.

I will now time myself to spend 2 hours a week to work for free on this site and doing livestreams, because I enjoy writing here and I enjoy talking to you all, even if you’re a bunch of Chads.

Fee structures on my Patreon will happen just before November 1st, where it will change to a structure that charges at the start of the month instead of the end. If I am at the $360 level at the start of the month, I know I can commit to 16 hours worth of writing, livestreams and interviews.

Here’s my proposed structure, showing what Patreon income I would have to earn every month in order to commit to a set number of hours, scaling up from $20 an hour (which is below my minimum fee for contract work) to $35 (which is just above my minimum fee):

Patreon Level Hourly Rate Hours per Week Hours Per Month
>$240 FREE 2 8
$240 20 3 12
$360 22.50 4 16
$500 25 5 20
$660 27.50 6 24
$840 30 7 28
$1120 35 8 32

If it seems steep, ask yourself how much you’d have to be paid to commit an extra 20 hours of work every month on top of what you already do to pay your bills. You’d be looking to get at least the equivalent of a car payment, wouldn’t you?

Thanks for reading.

One Comment on “Changes to Patreon, or, Charging What I’m Worth”

  1. For seven months, you have been offering a slowly decreasing diet of content as videos and streams (even though your community donated the parts you needed to finish building your PC that you said you needed to make more videos and to do livestreams).
    You then changed the structure of your Patreon from paying per video to just paying every month, making it possible to charge people money for the months of September and October without offering any kind of content in return.

    September and October were also two months you decided not to offer one of your other Patreon rewards by abandoning Discord completely without giving any kind of reason why.

    People have given to you through PayPal and Twitter Bits, stayed loyal via Patreon, and a select few even went the extra mile by giving you a laptop a few years ago and other things on your Amazon wishlist to show their support for what you did and what you’ve tried to do.

    At one time, you used to welcome harsh criticisms and even used to ask for critiques to be sent to you via email.

    I remember when you used to laugh at the haters and make an example of them. You used to make videos about SJWs and feminists, using them as examples of what not to do with criticism. To see you now, putting people in your community in the doghouse for small and trivial things, like bringing up any problem they may be having, and to see you basically turn into a highly sensitive Anita Sarkeesian is beyond heartbreaking.

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