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August 19, 2018

Locking down my Patreon page, and giving free samples

I learn best by doing, and it's taken me over two years to really get a handle on what Patreon is all about. My first ideas weren't even close, as I was calling it a "tip jar". The concept of Patreon is all about supporting a creator voluntarily, with whatever amount seems appropriate. And just recently I realized what a strange point of view that is.

Of course there are going to be people who will take a charitable view towards artists, but I'm really not asking for charity. I'm providing some really cool stuff for people who are interested, which is delivered to them directly.

In this day and age, it's hard to imagine anything of any value being offered for a dollar a month, but that's where I have my subscription on Patreon start. Even the more advanced tier is only five dollars a month, and it's discounted for seniors, veterans, and students.

And I think because it's so inexpensive, people get suspicious, as if they were invited somewhere only to be sold something. That kind of sneaky stuff happens a lot! But I really do appreciate people who subscribe to my Patreon page, and I'm delivering on my promise to have cool stuff delivered to them every day.

As an old Marketing guy, I know the importance of free samples, so all of the posts won't be locked down for subscribers only. I've been writing some behind the scenes stuff, which will be free, and then every once in a while I'll unlock a post, and share it on social media, for free. Of course the idea, like all subscription services, is to get people interested enough to subscribe.

I've decided to handle my Patreon page, which really isn't my business, as professionally as anything else I do. The amounts of money may be small on Patreon, but my professional attitude isn't.

Here is a direct link to my Patreon page:

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