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Treating Patreon in a professional way


I've been on Patreon for a little over two years now, and I like it. If you're not familiar with it, it was invented to be kind of like crowd funding, but ongoing, for creative people, like artists, writers, video creators, that sort of thing. The idea was to allow people to support an artist directly, and to put less pressure on the creators to cater to the interests of the advertisers.

Originally I thought of it as a "tip jar". That is, I would create my history adventuring posts, and people will sign up as a patron on Patreon to show their support. And to my surprise, and pleasure, it started attracting people. There are a series of "tiers" that people can choose from, from a dollar a month up to more, which gives them special rewards and considerations. I mostly create for the five-dollar a month tier, which is discounted for seniors, veterans, and students. I myself support creators on Patreon, and I like that just a dollar or so a month makes me feel like I'm helping.

And then I had a "lightbulb moment". I noticed that some of the creators that I supported weren't posting stuff. Yeah, I know that I was only giving them a dollar a month, but I felt cheated. And that's when I realized that any exchange of money for value needs to be treated in a professional way.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to run a business on Patreon - That's not what it's for. Businesses need to do all of the stuff that people expect, like having a website, that sort of thing. Patreon is just where I post my hobby stuff, which is collecting old photos of Phoenix, and writing about it.

My "lightbulb moment" hit me just a few days ago while I was at a garage sale, spending a dollar. Yes, a whole dollar. And at that moment I realized that I wanted value for my money. I got a nice little Coca-Cola glass. If I just left the dollar on the table and walked away empty handed, I would have felt stupid. It may not have been the biggest financial transaction in the world, but it was important to me. And I liked the guy at the garage sale, who was cheerful and helpful and was actually pleased to make a sale. I'm sure he'd seen a lot of people stop, walk around, and give him nothing.

So I'm running my Patreon page in a professional way. I've learned how to use the scheduling function, so my subscribers can get something daily. I check for messages, and respond right away. I know how to run a business as a professional, and even if someone is giving me only a dollar a month, they're a customer, and need to be treated right.

I like being treated in a professional way when I spend my money, and I also like treating my customers in a professional way. The amounts of money may be small, but the professionalism isn't.

My Patreon page is here: https://www.patreon.com/PhoenixHistoryAdventuring

Why people leave in mistakes in YouTube videos


If you've ever noticed how many mistakes are left in many YouTube videos, and maybe you've seen a little "popup box" that says the correction, you may be wondering why these videos aren't simply fixed. I've done a little video editing in my day, and it's not difficult - you re-record the correct part (sometimes all you need is audio), splice it in, and go.

But it's not laziness that's causing YouTubers to leave the mistakes in their videos, it has to do with the number of views. And the more views the better, as it attracts more advertisers. But if a video is taken down to be repaired, it will have to start out all over again, with zero views, and zero comments. And the old link will be broken, which can be terrible. So people leave them alone, and do the "popup box" trick that you may have seen. Or they just let it go.

This makes for some very comical stuff, because as careful as people are, it's easy to let a mistake or two slip by when a video is posted to YouTube. But after thousands of people have seen it, even the tiniest mistake becomes glaring. One of my favorites is an exercise video that I follow along with, and have done more times than I can count, that invites you to "vist" their web page. Not the end of the world, but if it were my video, I'd find it annoying.

So that's why YouTubers leave the mistakes in. And there are a lot of mistakes in YouTube videos because of that. So no, it's not a conspiracy, man, and people aren't idiots. Mistakes happen, even with the most careful editing of videos, but on YouTube they really can't be fixed.