If I resume my Patreon in November I will probably be changing my working days from Monday-Friday to Wednesday-Friday. This will be temporary but I can’t say exactly how long it will last.
While I do really appreciate all of you guys for supporting me, the truth is that I’m just not able to get away from my work. I’m constantly plugged into it all and even when I do sneak in some time to unwind, either working on my own project or doing something for fun, it’s rare that I can go more than a couple of hours without having to handle some aspect. This wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that I’m making far below minimum wage every year. It was definitely doable when I was in my late teens and early 20’s, but now that I’m 25 I need to be taking in more money each month to support myself financially.
That’s not to mention the mental, physical and emotional effect of being isolated on a computer for the better part of a day. While I love my friends, and all of you guys, I’m realising that I’ve allowed myself to become pretty withdrawn from the real world through focusing on work. I’m hoping that finding a job, regardless of what it is, will mean I can actually go out and meet people in meat space. Maybe even make a few friends along the way! It gets pretty lonely when you’re shut in a room most of the day working on pictures, haha.
What I’m planning at the moment is to try and start applying for jobs towards the end of this year and the beginning of the next. I’d like to be able to do something (or a couple of jobs) part or full time just so I can support myself financially. When this happens I’ll probably be going back to doing commissions to bring in extra money instead of running my Patreon. It’s a lot less commitment that way, plus I can charge full price for work which will definitely help me out.
I’ll let you guys know at the end of October if I intend to resume my Patreon until I find work or if I’m going to shut it down entirely.
If I choose to end my Patreon, all current Patrons will have that month (November) to cash in on any remaining sketches or rewards owed to them.
You’ll still get to enjoy the same roles and abilities in Discord, and as a thank you for your support I’ll be offering all Bronze-Gold tier Patrons 10% off their first commission with me after the 1st of November and all Platinum-Diamond Patrons 20% off their first commission with me.
If I choose to resume my Patreon, there will be reworks to rewards and how it works. I would not be able to offer raffle streams due to Patreon cracking down about gambling laws. The last thing I want to get into bother about is fraud.
If the Patreon keeps going then I’ll be letting you guys know the plan for the changes when they’re all figured out. Don’t worry, I’ll always prioritise keeping you all in the loop.
So at the moment nothing’s going to really be happening. I’ll be getting on with monthly sketches on my Trello and the Gore+ stream will run as scheduled next Friday. I’m just taking some much needed steps for myself.
If you’ve got any questions then please feel free to ask me! The last thing I want is to make any of you feel cheated.
I definitely gave all of this a solid shot, but I think for me personally the idea of being able to turn up, do your job and go home is much more ideal than always being “on the job”. It’s been an educating experience, for sure!
Thanks for reading.