I'm slowly working on expanding my social media. Lol I just recently got active on twitter, and trying to post regularly everywhere else, like here, tumblr, instagram, ect. I admittedly get lazy and neglect social media. I'm thinking of doing a patreon when i start regularly posting a web comic. There is also my who thing with feeling there are other artists out there who deserve it more than myself. I have friends who have a patreon going and are barely making $30 a month, and I dunno i guess i feel im not worthy. Lol it's pretty silly thinking, now that I type it out like this... Did I just hit a realization about myself?! holy crap.
Ugh, it's a toss up in my opinion. Since you have your job and/or school schedule and other things happening in your life (social or family-wise), it might be tough to stay actively drawing and finishing projects, in which case don't add another piece to the pile. However, if you could pump out a consistent 3 or 4 to start, I'd say go for it and I'll be one of first to jump in.
Yes, if you can produce work regularly and are willing to stay with it if the early returns are discouraging. Patreon requires a commitment from the artist as much as it does from the patrons. If you commit to producing X amount of work but find that after six months you only have a few patrons, it may not seem worth it to you to continue, but now you've got paying customers who might not be willing to take a second chance on you later. The obvious approach is to start with a low dollar amount and promise output that you know you can easily produce, then offer more output as you reach income milestones.
I am planning to go this route later next year, once I know how much I can produce and at what quality levels. And that will be my approach: a low fee with X amount of work produced each month, with additional obligations as I reach specific milestones. I doubt I'll add "levels" at the start because I want to keep it manageable. I also know that once I start, I'm in it for the long haul no matter how long it takes to build a support base. Make no mistake, it's a commitment that is very different from a site like DeviantArt (although it wouldn't surprise me if they incorporated a similar option in the future) or Tumblr. Once people are subscribing to your site, they expect something for their money. Taking a month off (or week off, and so on) doesn't come without consequences.
Yeah I was thinking of something pretty inexpensive if I did it. I dont think Im worth like 20 or so or something. 10 at the most honestly. But... I was thinking of doing it by a per picture. So I wouldnt' have to feel forced to crank out tons of stuff if I did per month. But I hear you dude.
First off all there is the constant pledge of content you must produce, so it seriously hacks into all your time. Second many would rather pay for a commission than to just pay for a service that provides content they may or may not enjoy.