Patreon Update: September 2016

Welcome to my Patreon Update for September 2016. This is my monthly report of how my Patreon campaign is performing, as well as my chance to thank everyone for their ongoing support.

As always, let's get started with last month's earnings. Below you can see my transparency report regarding all the pledges that were received and processed for August.

August 2016 Earnings

My latest earnings report, thankfully, has seen a slight increase. This is in response to some positive changes that I've recently made in regards to my video content. Below are some numbers:

  • Pledged: $2,183.00
  • Service Fees: $245.16
  • Processed: $1,937.84
Pledge amounts shown for the current month are not final.

Pledge amounts shown for the current month are not final.

Updates

Last month's Patreon Update was certainly rough. The introduction of daily vlogs, while fun for thousands of my viewers, ended up having a serious impact on the performance of my Patreon campaign. Taking away exclusive vlogs for one month and shifting most of my focus toward putting out videos daily was a lesson worth learning. It actually taught me something I already knew to be true... People enjoy exclusivity. I even mentioned that in this post on Di Franco University.

Moving forward, and now that September is here (who's excited for Christmas?), I have once again returned to my traditional routine of video content. This includes releasing an exclusive vlog every Friday, each typically ranging 45–60 minutes in length. And you know what? I'm already seeing a positive effect. Despite what the chart may show above, my amount in pledges has increased by about $100 in just two weeks.

One thing I am taking away from the daily vlogs is how useful end cards can be. Before August, I never really took advantage of them. But now that I've seen the effect they can have, all my future videos will have an end card that will be used to promote my Patreon campaign. After all, every pledge counts, right? This is especially true with the holidays quickly approaching. I'll talk about that in further detail next month.

So, I suppose all I have to say is... Welcome back! If you ended up re-pledging once the exclusive vlogs made their return, just know that I appreciate your support. And if you never went anywhere to begin with, the same amount of appreciation applies. As always, you can check out all 70+ exclusive vlogs right here on my Patreon feed.

$25+ Pledge Promotions

Every month I promote websites and/or services ran by those who are kind enough to pledge within the $25+ tier. Please take a moment to review anything below that you may find interesting:

Joel Shaw: Web Developer | Graphic Designer
http://whoisjoelshaw.com

SeekWiz | A Location Sharing Platform
 http://sigmapeiron.com/home#seekwiz-main

Michael Eng's YouTube Channel
http://youtube.com/mikeeng16

If your pledge is $25+ and you are not featured above, please contact me right away.

Monthly $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

For this month's $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, I would like to congratulate Kyle Moreland for winning September's drawing! You will be hearing from me shortly.

Conclusion

If you ask me, the future is once again looking bright. I'm excited to see where my Patreon campaign goes from here, especially now that things are back on track. As always, your support is much appreciated.

Patreon Update: August 2016

Welcome to my Patreon Update for August 2016. This is my monthly report of how my Patreon campaign is performing, as well as my chance to thank everyone for their ongoing support.

As always, let's get started with last month's earnings. Below you can see my transparency report regarding all the pledges that were received and processed for July.

July 2016 Earnings

Transitioning from June into July saw a significant decrease in earnings. Unfortunately, this was expected. I'll explain in detail shortly. But for those keeping track, below are the latest numbers:

  • Pledged: $2,096.00
  • Service Fees: $241.34
  • Processed: $1,854.66
Screenshot from my Patreon earnings report

Screenshot from my Patreon earnings report

Updates

My Patreon campaign has been doing quite well for a while now. I have consistently delivered exclusive content, new patrons have jumped onboard, and I've overall been pretty happy with my success. So, what happened? Why the sudden 20% drop in monthly earnings? I have two words for you: Daily Vlogs

You know, it's kind of funny. Viewers have been requesting that I create daily vlogs for years now, and I've always put off the idea. I was never quite sure if daily vlogging was for me. But then August came around and I figured I would finally give it a fair shot. Of course, this would mean taking away the patrons-only vlogs and upsetting some patrons in the process, but things would naturally fall back into place, right?

Wrong. I was so very wrong.

Here I am, delivering more content than I ever was before, yet numbers and performance are both taking a hit. Isn't it interesting how the Internet works? I was genuinely hoping that creating content daily would make most of my viewers happy. Instead, my Patreon campaign has taken a significant impact and my YouTube subscribers count has slowed down drastically.

So, now it's time to make a decision. Do I continue with my daily vlogging venture and just hope things work out for the best, or should I play it safe and return to how things previously were?

Going the latter route, of course, doesn't guarantee that my Patreon campaign attracts positivity. For all I know, it could continue to drop on a month-to-month basis. Sure, I would continue to offer the patrons-only vlogs and early access to my upcoming holiday videos, but is that enough to keep patrons around? It's impossible to say right now.

However, I do have an idea that could possibly work in everyone's favor. If you look at my Patreon profile, you will notice that I have introduced a new milestone goal of $2,000/month. If we can reach that goal, then I will continue to create daily vlogs. This is simply my way of knowing for a fact that I am delivering content that others are enjoying. It's also a definitive route in putting some value behind the vlogs.

Look, I have been a YouTuber for over 10 years now. That's a long time. Creating content and doing everything else that I do can require a lot of time, effort and especially patience. I realize not everyone is going to be happy with this decision, but I need to know that I am doing the right thing. And plus, it's important to remember that vlogging every day in August has been experimental. I knew going in that it had its risks.

$25+ Pledge Promotions

Every month I promote websites and/or services ran by those who are kind enough to pledge within the $25+ tier. Please take a moment to review anything below that you may find interesting:

Joel Shaw: Web Developer | Graphic Designer
http://whoisjoelshaw.com

SeekWiz | A Location Sharing Platform
 - http://sigmapeiron.com/home#seekwiz-main

If your pledge is $25+ and you are not featured above, please contact me right away.

Monthly $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

For this month's $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, I would like to congratulate Louis McGonigal for winning June's drawing! You will be hearing from me shortly.

Conclusion

This has certainly been an interesting month so far. But what can I say? I'm taking a chance. Let's see how this plays out in two weeks. And whatever happens, please know that I always appreciate your support.

Patreon Update: July 2016

Welcome to my Patreon Update for July 2016. This is my monthly report of how my Patreon campaign is performing, as well as my chance to thank everyone for their ongoing support.

As always, let's get started with last month's earnings. Below you can see my transparency report regarding all the pledges that were received and processed for June.

June 2016 Earnings

Transitioning from May into June saw a slight decrease in earnings. For those keeping track, below are the latest numbers:

  • Pledged: $2,534.50
  • Service Fees: $274.50
  • Processed: $2,260.00
Screenshot from my Patreon earnings report

Screenshot from my Patreon earnings report

Updates

Isn't it nice when the summer weather arrives? More people are getting outside (especially thanks to Pokémon GO) and away from the computer. Of course, this also means that less people will be watching my videos. And believe me, it's showing. My Patreon campaign has seen a slight decrease since last month, but it's nothing to worry about.

Thankfully, this is normal, as the summer tends to bring a lot of downtime for creators.  Things will naturally pick up as September makes its way around. But do we really have to wait that long?

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately... What if I gave daily vlogging a fair chance? And I'm not talking about exclusively on Patreon. I'm referring to my YouTube content in general. Uploading daily vlogs has been something I've wanted to explore for quite some time now, but I have never found the right moment — especially considering how well my weekend vlogs and patrons-only vlogs continue to perform.

Turning to daily vlogging would mean a drastic change in my overall content and schedule. Not only would the weekend vlogs be no more, but the patrons-only vlogs would also go away. Doing so would allow me more time to delivery a quality vlog every day, which could certainly be fun. However, I'm afraid of the kind of impact this change can have on my Patreon campaign. So, I'm asking you...

If daily vlogs became a thing, would you still pledge every month? No matter the amount, everyone's pledges would have help immensely — especially considering the amount of time and work involved in vlogging daily. Of course, I would have to rethink my Patreon campaign and introduce some new perks that can help convince current patrons to stay onboard.

But then again, it's worth noting that my campaign was doing very well before the patrons-only vlogs even existed. So, would you support me just for the sake of enjoying daily vlogs, or would you rather want more? And before anyone suggests that I do daily vlogs and patrons-only vlogs, I've thought about it. However, realistically speaking, I don't think I could do it. If I were to begin vlogging daily, then I would want to put all my attention into it.

Okay, but what does this mean for my tech content? Would the unboxings and reviews go anywhere? Of course not! Those videos would continue to be uploaded when they're ready to be shared. If anything, I think doing doing vlogs could offer a nice insight behind my tech videos — kind of like a behind-the-scenes style.

With all the above said, it's important to remember that this change isn't happening overnight. I am, however, very interested in doing a trial run throughout the month of August. Beginning on August 1st, I'm going to upload my first daily vlog of 31. When August wraps up, we'll see where I stand. Yes, this means that weekend vlogs and patrons-only vlogs will be on hiatus.

Who knows, this could blow up in my face and be a total disaster. But you know what? I will never know without trying. I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on the performance of both my YouTube channel and Patreon campaign throughout August.

I invite you to come along with me on this new venture. Let's see what happens.

$25+ Pledge Promotions

Every month I promote websites and/or services ran by those who are kind enough to pledge within the $25+ tier. Please take a moment to review anything below that you may find interesting:

Joel Shaw: Web Developer | Graphic Designer
http://whoisjoelshaw.com

If your pledge is $25+ and you are not featured above, please contact me right away.

Monthly $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

For this month's $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, I would like to congratulate Patrick J. for winning June's drawing! You will be hearing from me shortly.

Conclusion

Well, here we go. The biggest change to my YouTube channel in 10 years is going down. I can't wait to see what happens. As always, thank you for your support. I need it now more than ever.