As the title says, I’ve created a Patreon account. Over the years a couple of friends have mentioned doing so and I’ve always sort of dismissed the idea. It’s not that I don’t understand how Patreon works, or that I don’t think it’s a good idea. I know several people who have Patreon accounts, and they are wonderful. I know many people who subsidize their income with Patreon. What I had a hard time doing was wrapping my head around the idea that I did anything that would be worth people’s support.
It’s a weird sort of personal double-standard that has plagued me all my life.
After how rough last year was, though, I wanted to do something to expand my reach and income. Especially with the upcoming release of Sew Witchy. Another one of my friends brought up Patreon again a couple of weeks ago. He has some experience with it and offered to walk me through everything. He pointed out that I have knowledge and skills that other people could benefit from. And this time, I had a list of projects that I had been collecting with the vague idea of doing a sort of add-on or follow up to my book.
With a vague idea and my friend’s encouragement, I set out. I spent a few days looking at various Patreons. I checked out those of my friends and people I know. I looked at ones run by the various ASMR artists I am subscribed to on YouTube. I searched keywords to see what other people were doing with regards to crafting and sewing and magic.
I also spent a couple of evenings searching out weird vintage sewing ads (which was fun and also horrifying in the various racist ways past advertising was … and still is, to be honest). I had a hard time figuring out how to balance tiers and goals. It’s hard for me to say, “Buy my knowledge” rather than “Buy my wares”. Part of stems from all my self-esteem issues and part of it is because I’m anti-capitalist and feel like I should just give away my knowledge for free. Honestly, the hardest part of putting this thing together has been struggling with that previous bit. I am constantly being held back by my fears like that. I’m working on it.
So, I present here my Patreon. I’ll be posting a craft each month. There will be patterns, instructions, video tutorials and more. I’ll also be posting about my writing, adding excerpts and going into the nitty-gritty of what what goes into making a craft book. Head on over to the account and sign up. You can just follow the account, if you wish, or become a supporter. I’m really excited to see how this goes.