First off, I hope everyone had a safe and happy Holiday!
Next, the reason for this post. I will be closing down my Patreon, and here's why:
Late last month/early this month, Patreon announced that they would be changing how the fee structure worked to put more money into the creators pocket. However, the way the math worked out, caused this to be a huge impact on those that were pledging a small amount per month - an amount that many people did. While Patreon did later decide to not implement these fee changes, many patrons had already pulled their pledges, because the fee structure simply did not allow them to maintain this financially.
Patreon did send out an apology for the uproar this whole thing had caused, but through their initial explanation of how this new structure would work, a post had claimed something along the lines of that they would rather have just a few creators be highly successful than have many 'small' creators that just brought in a couple bucks.
Small creators like me.
While the apology was appreciated and I do respect the team for owning up to the poor decision, this comment has just left a really poor taste in my mouth and I can not get over it.
In addition to that, I feel that I myself am struggling to stay on top of it, or don't quite know what to offer to make the subscription more appealing. (i haven't had more than 4 patrons at any point during the 2-some years I've had it open) I do not want to paywall my art, so making certain pieces Patreon only isn't an option for me. I also struggle making WIP's an exclusive thing, because I get excited when I work on something and want to show, well, everyone lol.
Until something else comes along, I will see about working out some kind of rewards system for Ko-Fi donations (I am open to suggestions!)
I will not be pulling any of my Patreon pledges, so for creators on there, you will still have my support.
But thank you everyone who's stuck with me!
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