Hey 3.5 readers.
BQB here. Who else would it be?
Have any of you ever used Patreon before? Any results you care to discuss, good bad or indifferent?
I always thought of it as a way for people to be online panhandlers. “Hey, drop a few bucks into my online change cup, will ya?”
Sure, I’m working on books I hope to sell, but that will be up to all 3.5 of you if you want to buy them. Other than that, I don’t want to be begging for money and stuff. Seems cheap and tawdry.
But I noticed that some people have like incentives. For example, some writers will write stories that only their “patrons” can see by donating. In theory, I suppose that’s an actual transaction. The writer gave his work and got money. The reader gave his money and got something to read. Quid pro quo. It’s not as bad as, “Hey, I’m sitting alongside the virtual subway, harassing you till you give me some dough.”
I mean, who are these people who donate to Patreon anyway? I have literally gone without things I need just because I’m too lazy to pull out my credit card and enter the numbers in order to order it. That’s why Amazon gets so much business. They know people are lazy so they store your credit info and then you can order shit and still be lazy.
So a) I’m cheap and b) I’m lazy so I just can’t imagine finding myself to donate to someone’s Patreon. On the other hand, apparently some artists do well with it, but for whatever reason, it just seems weird to me.
In general, I want to give and get and return and not be a sponge.
What say you, 3.5?