I had Patreon hibernating because Patreon wanted to change the way they bill donators. I immediately live-streamed to my donators to stop donating as I didn’t want my supporters to face the wrath of Patreon’s stupid new way of monthly charges. Some donators didn’t want to stop supporting me, so I left Patreon alone and used ko-fi.com/jonathanjk until now.
Patreon would later reverse course on their genius, “one year of planning” and made attempts to get everything back to normal. I felt sorry for the small creators that suffered through that period of corporate stupidity. I didn’t feel sorry for myself once they said they weren’t changing their policy, even though I had now lost a source of income. There are a few reasons for this:
- I’m quite stable with my own regular income and never used any money donated to pay for everyday things that I needed like food and rent. I only used the money earned from Patreon to invest in more equipment for Periscope channel and by extension my YouTube channel.
- There was nothing in terms of gear that I needed for my channels. I could make do with what I had, and equipment is only part of the equation. Equipment will only get a “creator” so far.* The rest I felt was up to me, to create something entertaining by actually making content.
- This is the important one, I had been feeling guilty taking money for reasons a, b, and c (the Periscope live-streams) when I was focusing my time on d, e, and f, in the form of YouTube videos. That guilt gave me pressure to keep creating live-streams that I would be satisfied with for the value people were donating. Deep down I wasn’t even satisfied myself, and I felt I didn’t deserve the donated money. Yes, I have been told I’m too self-critical.
Relax, just do it ,when you want to go through it.
When the donations stopped, I found I could actually relax and breathe a bit, I was now unchained. I wasn’t beholden to my supporters even though they made NO demands of me whatsoever. Yes, I know its all in my head!
This allowed me to continue focusing on d, e and f, without feeling I was cheating anyone (I wasn’t, but in my mind I was). I could in addition have a second break without the drama of announcing that I’m taking a break. I could just focus on what needed doing.
The New Tier!
I want to spread myself out again, I want to be worth donating to, again. Patreon, touch wood hasn’t done anything stupid since last year, in turn I’m giving them a second chance, (lucky them) by opening up my Patreon. There is a difference, a huge difference this time. I’m only asking for a dollar and I have a single tier. No more pretentions with organising who gets what at the different levels they donated at.
I’m keeping it to a single dollar for a month, that’s $12 a year!
I know I will get people saying, “You’re pricing yourself so low by doing this”, and “You provide more value than that so you should ask for more”. Maybe that’s true, but that’s for my viewers to decide. I think a single dollar isn’t in any way going to break the bank for anyone and if people want to donate more, there is ko-fi.com/jonathanjk for single one off transactions.
A dollar a month isn’t going to give me a lot of pressure either; I think I can handle that amount of stress. On the flip side I don’t think viewers have high expectations of me if I don’t deliver a single dollar of value in a given month. It’s just a freaking dollar!
I’m nobody, I’m not famous and I’m not well known, I barely register on Periscope anymore. I’m no one. People donate mostly to thank me for my time and effort, nothing more. Some kind souls on this earth value what I make because I tick other boxes and yet its all wrapped up in what I want to do, that’s to show off Hong Kong. I’m stuck here for the most part and its a unique place to be, I want to explain it and share it to anyone who wants a piece of it.
I Have Four Things To Do.
YouTube — The YouTube channel is actually able to look after itself until June 2018, I have videos set to be released up until then for now. I aim to make 4 videos a month! It might seem like a tall order in the face of how long it took me to pump out 30 videos from August to April for the #5countries1month project. Since I started and subsequently finished that project, I’m much faster at editing and more practised. My aim for the rest of this year is to entwine live-streaming and podcasting around the YouTube channel so they bounce off one another.
Four videos doesn’t mean what you might think it means either. I’m just talking uploading four videos and they come in different guises. I figure if I take a live-stream off Periscope and do it on YouTube I’m already 25% done.
- A live-stream on YouTube (and at the end of each month starting April I will do just that).
- If I can commit to a single podcast in a month AND visually record it, there’s a podcast, a live-stream AND a YouTube to accomplished and upload!
Now I’m at 50% of achieving my YouTube goal. It shouldn’t be that hard to make two more videos.
Podcasts — Podcasts are my desert island pick. I said recently to someone that if I could burn all my social media and keep one of them, I’d keep my podcasts. Podcasts were my first foray into producing something that had mass appeal. I’ve neglected podcasting. I want to hit one a month. Ideally for both “Hello from Hong Kong” and “JPG”.
- 1 podcast a month at the minimum.
Periscope — My second love in many ways, but a second love can sometimes be a rebound love and the stewardship of the platform leaves so much to be desired. I still want to commit to the platform on a regular basis, but never again will I do 5 live-streams a day or five streams a week.
I’m thinking, each month:
- a #scopechat where you meet someone.
- a drone scope which are time consuming and expensive (now exclusively private broadcasts only).
- a coffee chat.
4+1+3 = Value?
So what is all that each month? 4 YouTubes, 1 podcast, and while I haven’t fixed the number yet, it will be a minimum of 3 live-streams. Yes three streams on my main Periscope channel in any given month. My teaching channel can look after itself and isn’t included here.
Is this a lot of work for a dollar? OR is this enough value for a dollar?
One more thing…
I’m building an email list, and this is regardless of whether you donate or not. I just want you to enjoy what I do without algorithms getting in the way. Emails aren’t algorithmically organised or manipulated. It’s simple, you send and receive and I’m tired of viewers saying “I didn’t get the notification”. I’ll just fucking email you whenever I go live for this one purpose.
I hope you feel energised reading this knowing what I have in mind. I’m excited to commit to it. See you soon.