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Why I Quit Patreon (and Why You Should Too)

Patreon: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Creators (Especially Early On)

After four years on Patreon, I finally pulled the plug, and let me tell you, it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. If you’re a fellow creator considering Patreon, this might be a wake-up call you need.

Patreon: A Glimpse

For those unfamiliar, Patreon is a platform where fans can support creators financially through memberships. It’s a fantastic service for many creators, but for me, it just wasn’t the right fit.

The Problem: Content Creation Burnout

As a “smallish creator” back then, I loved the idea of a dedicated support system. But here’s the rub: it didn’t work that way, at least not for me.

I had amazing supporters who found me on YouTube or Twitch. I felt an obligation to create exclusive content ā€“ videos, blogs, early access ā€“ to justify their monthly contributions. Here’s the shocker: they weren’t actively consuming it.

It wasn’t because they disliked my work. They simply enjoyed supporting my journey. It was a passive transaction. While their support meant the world, I burned out. The exclusive content became a burden, pulling me away from my core focus ā€“ my YouTube and Twitch channels.

The Fix (and the Realization)

Nothing was growing. The solution hit me like a ton of bricks: I joined Patreon too early. Patreon thrives for established creators with a dedicated audience beyond their immediate circles.

The Breakup and the Breakthrough

I quit Patreon, sacrificing the extra income. Trust me, it was tough. But I had to focus on non-paywalled content. The feeling of liberation was incredible. No more shackles of weekly content creation with minimal return.

Coincidentally, this decision coincided with significant growth on YouTube and reaching Twitch Partner. By focusing on core channels, I achieved what exclusive content couldn’t.

Patreon: Not a Closed Door

Patreon isn’t off the table forever. I’ll revisit it when it makes sense. In the meantime, Kofi, a platform for one-off donations, perfectly suits my current stage.

The Takeaway: Is Patreon for You (Right Now)?

If you find yourself in a similar boat or considering early Patreon adoption, ask yourself: Does it make sense for me right now? Could that effort be better spent growing your YouTube or Twitch presence instead of dividing your focus for potentially minimal gain?

Sure, there are success stories of creators thriving on Patreon from day one. But that wasn’t my experience.

The choice is yours. But remember, Patreon might not be the magic bullet for every creator, especially early on.