My homebrew Patreon is successfully processing renewals. A variety of stupid mistakes and bone-headed misconfigurations have been addressed. Patronizers can subscribe to posts by email. I hereby declare it out of public beta.
This is not a statement that it’s bug free, mind you. I’m sure I’ll find new problems. My fans are dedicated to illuminating me through providing exciting, inexplicable errors, and they are legion.
If you were pondering switching but didn’t want to be a guinea pig, you should be safe now. Or stick with classic Patreon. The benefits are the same. My private Patreon will have certain tiers not available to on Patreon, but only because I have more flexibility. If you want to pay only on 29 February, I have an option for you. I expect this one to be a top seller in 2024.
I wish to offer blatant gratitude to my fearless beta testers. If you stayed on Patreon as well as signing up for my beta, this is the time to pick one. (JDM, I’m looking at you.)
Why would I go through the trouble of building my own Patreon, when Patreon’s right there?
- Disintermediation is an inherent good for a creator.
- Patreon keeps mucking with their billing system, annoying fans and creators alike.
- I am a business. Patronage has become a shockingly large chunk of my income. I can’t have that part of my income wholly dependent on an outside agent that keeps screwing up. That’s why I have Stripe and Paypal.
- My pet conspiracy theory: Patreon is desperately trying to shift their business so they don’t fall under financial regulations. These changes will make Patreon less good for me, both as a patron and a creator.
Do whatever works for you. Heck, just buy my books retail. People can still do that, y’know.