Over the weekend I set up and launched a Patreon account/page.
For those of who don’t know what Patreon is, it’s kinda like a subscription based Kick Starter. Basically, if someone likes a particular persons work, they can subscribe and donate money to them as an incentive to to carry on making content. These donations start from a US Dollar (80p) per month up to what ever an individual wants to pay.
For me and the various Divisions (Alchemy, JAG) of Scruffy Mutt, Patreon is a way for us to recoup costs of running the sites, creating tutorials and other day to day costs (like coffee) that quickly add up. In time, Patreon will support my Ad free initiative. I don’t think anyone likes adverts popping up and generally being annoying. For people like me who are just starting up, they’re usually a necessary evil. I need the ad revenue to cover running costs of the website, the domain names and ironically advertising costs.
However, if I can get enough Patreon Subscribers then I don’t have to have any adverts.
As I’ve said, I’d love to run the sites and YouTube Channels without any ads or any begging for money. The Fact is though I’m trying to establish a business and setting up and running costs a lot of money. I endeavour to do everything for as cheap as possible. The Logo’s, site images and sites themselves are all designed and made by myself or by customising existing templates. I usually spend 4 – 8 hours a day updating articles, creating ideas for new content, editing videos together etc. etc. This is as well as doing work for my studies, working on other peoples films and doing the whole family life thing too.
The idea for Scruffy Mutt Productions was never meant to just be a place to stick my films when they were completed. I didn’t set Alchemy Lighting & Design up to just go from set to set building props and lighting up subjects so they look good. I want to build a business that does that AND shows people how easy it can be to do it themselves. With more and more tutorials and guides coming along, we’re starting to achieve that.
I’ve always been a strong advocate for the idea of most things being Open Source and free. I also love showing people how to do things. I was very much brought up on the idea of “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”. So I don’t want to just show you the films that I’ve made and you to like. I want you to go out there and make them yourself, if that’s what you want to do. I want film making to be something you can do with your kids. I want couples to be able to make their own honeymoon videos and holiday videos. I want teenagers to be able to express themselves creatively and not feel they have to join a gang or do drugs just because they want to fit in somewhere.
These ideals are being put into motion now. With the help of Patreon, we can realise these ideals together.