This post originally appeared on Patreon.
Square (my store's credit card processor) now handles any one-time and monthly donations.
I haven't been attentive to Patreon and there are a few reasons. I will talk about the past and the future for you, dear Patrons!
OVERDUE THANKS & APOLOGIES
When I was very down I issued public cries for help. Then I retreated into solitude. I received a number of caring responses, so many that I was overwhelmed. Someone even left food at my front door—like A LOT!—and I didn't know for about 2 days! Yes, they had texted and called me, but that's when I was out of it. (In case you're wondering lettuce that you would normally refrigerate is just fine at room temp for a couple days.) During this period new patrons signed up here, but I didn't know it.
I still don't understand my notification settings for this thingamajig, but I did at least find where the money was hiding! Hahaha, don't worry it's all there. Unbeknownst to me, Patreon holds onto it until you tell them to release it! I now have changed that to auto-deposit, which is how I already thought it was. So that's another reason I did not know about the patrons I had—I may sometimes lose track of notifications on my phone, but I *do* in fact know what's going on in my bank account! I always thought the whole point of this service was monthly income, so I'm glad I've figured that part out. It will be very helpful going forward as I make budgets.
I'm also doing a lot of other stuff, which I'll get to at the end.
REWARDS FOR YOU & THE FUTURE WE ARE CREATING TOGETHER
Some Patreon accounts are set up like Kickstarter with benefits offered at various tiers. And then there is the ability to share "Patrons Only" content like this blog post. I have some reservations about both of those features.
Patreon offers me account tiers, and I have chosen the most basic. The company teases me to upgrade to a higher account level in order to "unlock" certain advanced features, like offering benefits linked to pledge amounts. The price if I were to do this is that more of your money goes to them. In other words to upgrade my account and unlock all these additional features, I let them take a higher percentage of each of your pledges. That just seems wasteful to me, when I can deliver the content elsewhere.
I seek the support of Patrons to further my life's ambition to be a full-time artist not to become good at Patreon! Like so much else nowadays, these platforms offer some great services, but their #1 goal is just to keep you wasting time on their platform. I like Patreon as an easy, trusted brand of monthly credit card processor known for supporting artists. The majority of my content is always going to be on canvases... and sometimes in writing and in videos.
I am not opposed to posting writings and videos here for Patron's exclusively, but I think that you also probably have plenty to keep track of without adding another website into your routines. Please let me know your thoughts on whether you'd like to see more here on Patreon specifically. The site where I'm most active is Instagram. If you are not big on that, I can work on ways to bring that content to you another way. But, seriously, if you want content, head over to my Instagram feed or especially the IGTV section and you're guaranteed to run out of time and/or interest before you run out of Rob! The way I see it is that Patrons enable me to continue doing the things I'm doing with greater focus, again, rather than becoming a good Patreon user!
But I teased some benefits! Yes! And I do want to provide them for you. I will be reaching out to each Patron individually to double-check that I have their mailing address. I prefer to offer offline benefits. And I hope they provide some joy when you least expect anything!
I dunno. I'll end this post now, so that if I do think of anything more I'll have an excuse to make another post 😂 😂 😂
Oh I know! I was going to tease that maybe I'll discuss the juicy details about the end of my involvement at The Lark as Patrons-only content... Who knows!
I will be out of downtown, after working there for 7 years, by the end of this month. I have been a flurry of activity as I prepare for the move. One thing I'm doing a lot more of is the SMART: SMall Art that retails for $25-$40. Today Hope McMath of Yellow House (former Director of The Cummer) bought two. Yesterday Linda Ingram bought one for herself and one for Lizzie (that's a surprise). I am going to keep coming up with new product ideas at differing price points.
I would not be able to focus as clearly on my art as I now do if I were doing another job most of my waking hours.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!