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How, and why to use the scheduling function in Patreon


Patreon is a great way to share stuff to people who support you. You can have people donate a certain amount per creation, or a certain amount per month. I have three tiers, $1, $2, and $5 a month. And my supporters get my stuff delivered to them right away, from Patreon, through their email. If they have the Patreon app, they can see it there on their phone, or tablet.

But you have to be careful not to post too much too fast. When I added more rewards to the top tiers, I used the schedule function. That way I could give these bonus things without either sending too much at one time, or forgetting to do it. If you haven't tried the scheduling function, you should. Patreon just moved everything around on their site, so if you haven't seen it, go look for it. It's deeply hidden, so I just did this graphic to see if that helps you to find it. You have to click two times before it's revealed. I have no idea why they hide this stuff so carefully, but they do. I'm sure they mean well!

I'm sure they mean well, but it's worth looking for - scheduled, two clicks in until you can see it

When I first started on Patreon, about a year ago, I thought that it would be best to get all of my stuff uploaded there. I hadn't realized that if I uploaded six things, my patrons would get six notifications, so I backed off, and did three a day for several months. Turns out that was a waste of time. People don't discover stuff on Patreon, they discover it elsewhere, and once they become a patron, they like having it delivered to them, fresh and hot!

I will be wandering off on vacation for two weeks next month, and will not be able to post to Patreon at that time. So I'm scheduling things, using the scheduling function. It's tricky to use, but worth the trouble. That way my patrons will continue to get stuff while I'm goofing off!

Using Facebook to promote yourself


Although Facebook is a place for friends, it's also a good place to promote yourself. Of course, if you're already wildly successful, you don't need to do that. But if you're like a lot of people who would like to be more successful, it's another way to show people that you're for real, and get yourself an audience.

Now waitaminute here, I'm not saying that you should turn your Facebook page into a huge commercial operation (business pages are for that!), but if you're like a lot of people whose name and face are connected to their business success, it's worth taking a look at how you present yourself on Facebook, along with everywhere else on the internet, such as Google+, Linkedin, etc.

Let's face it, we're all a little curious about certain types of people, especially people who write. This isn't "morbid curiosity", this is just normal human behavior. For example, if you're reading this, you may be wondering who I am? In what city do I live? Do I own a dachshund? I'm flattered that you want to know, because really I'm just an ordinary Graphic Designer who lives in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and who owns a dachshund. A she's a really good dog!

Of course, major celebrities don't have to do anything for themselves. They have press agents who release information, previews of upcoming movies, that sort of thing. They even get their photos on magazines if they lose, or gain weight. I've known some celebrities in my day, and believe me they only worry if people AREN'T talking about them. But in this blog post I'm talking about minor celebrities, like me.

I started promoting myself when I was 21, still in college, doing freelance Graphic Design. I designed a logo (which I still use), I printed up business cards. If you've never heard of me, well, that's understandable, but I tried! If you Google BradHallArt, you'll see all of the stuff I've jammed the internet with for the past twenty years. In the '90s I started teaching, and doing personal software training. And people wanted to know about me! Nowadays I write a lot about the history of Phoenix, and I'm seeing some curiosity from people. Who is this guy? So I continue to promote myself. I'm for real.

Of course, promotion is a two-way street. I get a lot of spam, and I get people who try to sell me stuff, some of which is legit, some I'm not so sure about. This is all Marketing, and I understand it. I studied Marketing in school, I've worked in Marketing Departments of companies. So don't expect everyone to just be a passive audience. There are other people out there who are promoting themselves to the best of their abilities. Some are for real, some are stinkers. If you're for real, I encourage you to let it show.

Image at the top of this post: Yes, it's really me.