Awesome Stuff: Good Ol' Content

from the art-games-math dept

For this week’s awesome stuff, we take a break from the usual crowdfunding campaigns to look at three creators raising money on Patreon, the platform where you can sign up to make regular monthly contributions towards the creation of new content.

Surviving Creativity

This is a podcast that’s right up Techdirt’s alley. Brad Guigar, Scott Kurtz, and Cory Casoni — some or all of whom you may recognize from their webcomics, videos and other projects — discuss the challenges of building a business as a content creator online. The first episode, appropriately, features the creator of Patreon itself:

With 103 patrons it’s just getting off the ground — but if they hit a goal of $500 per episode, they’re going to live-stream them all, and at $750 take the show out on tour.


I know I’m not the only retro video game fan around here. If you too love our pixellated heritage, check out the videos from PushingUpRoses, who exclusively makes retro videogame reviews and related content. Here she is discussing an all-time classic and personal favorite:

PushingUpRoses has already hit her critical milestone goals, with nearly 200 patrons giving just over $1000 per month — but you can still support the project, and if it hits $2000 she’ll be, in her own words, “overwhelmed”.


The Numberphile, aka Brady Haran, creates videos all about the world of math and numbers, in which there is no shortage of fascinating and important topics. The videos bring in a variety of experts to talk about things ranging from the lofty to the down-to-earth, like this discussion about infinity:

With over $2,000 in monthly funding, the Numberphile is going strong — but every new pledge just adds to the production quality and depth of these already-excellent videos.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Content is not a noun; content is an adjective. Information producers and entertainment producers exist. Content producers do not exist, but contentment producers may… although that’s an odd way of phrasing the intended meaning. On to a real comment…

As for these people’s comments on producing, there is a difference between being a producer and being an informer or entertainer and producing for yourself. The hard part is not being informative or entertaining or producing quality results. The problems is that there are an effectively infinite amount of competitors in an industry that is constantly seeing new tools and distribution platforms that make getting work done easier.

There is no solution to the “problem” of there being more people working in an industry than that industry will ever be able to support.

Anonymous Coward says:

Patreon shines most (in my personal opinion) when used for per-release funding is used, not per-month funding. It has the benefit of incentivizing more work or consistent work, something many entertainers (and their frugal viewers) may find useful. It stops being a donation and becomes actual patronage based on work results displayed.

Per-release funding allows patrons to choose a maximum monthly total contribution as well.

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