Posts By Taryn Arnold

A typical lunch at Patreon stars the daily New York Times Crossword. Every day at 12:30, you’ll find teammates crowding around the word puzzle with a “driver” (why yes, it is I) who reads the clues aloud and 8-10 guessers who chime in, mouths full, with the answers they’re proud to know. Thursday’s crossword had a name we all knew well. Taryn: “48 Across, 3 letters: Issa of Comedy…!” A chorus of voices, all at once: “RAE!!!!” If you’re unfamiliar with Issa Rae, shame on you. Just kidding, but really... you should get to know her. With her NYT bestselling book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, award-winning web-series by the same name, and as the creator, writer and star…

Introducing, patron polls! Now you can better understand, engage, and grow your audience by cutting through the noise and getting input from the fans that matter most. Click here to start your first poll. Have you ever been thinking through your next release — a video, song, post, or sketch — and wondered what your fans would think about it? And not just your casual reader or listener, but your biggest fans: your patrons.  Polls can be single answer or multiple choice, and will run for any duration you choose.   Real creator examples: A handful of creators got early access to polls and already found unique ways to poll their patrons. Nate Maingard, a singer/songwriter and “modern troubadour,” turned to his patrons…

Finally, ”starving” and “artist” no longer need to be joined at the hip. Patreon is, hands down, the best place for creators to get paid. In 2016 alone, we celebrated thousands of artists and creators who earned *life-changing income. It’s (insert expletive) awesome that 35 of those creators earned more than $150,000 each on Patreon, including science nerds, sailboat captains, and serial procrastinators. They span every creative category on the internet — podcasts, music, videos, illustration, and more, and every single one of them makes the world a little bit better with their work.   Damn. That. Is. Awesome. Creators are getting paid. Art is being made. The world of making things, following your passion, and crafting the career you…

#1: What the Hell just happened?

Just kidding. But not really, because I could spend this entire article working that one out with you. If you’ve spent 5 minutes on Twitter in the last year, you’ve probably scrolled past a few “go away, 2016” tweets. I think it’s safe to say that 2016 will go down as one of the least-loved years in the 21st century for far too many reasons.

If you’re like me, you’re more than ready to wake up on New Years Day and take the deepest breath you’ve had in 365 days. No, the year can’t be undone, but the welcoming of 2017 can be a chance to let the past be the past, and to welcome a clean slate.

This year, over 40 artists and creators came together at Patreon's first all-creator conference, PatreCon. There, creators shared war stories — flopped ideas, lost labels, brand battles, and more. Also there, former touring musician and YouTube star — now, Patreon's CEO — Jack Conte gave the most moving, motivating, and encouraging speech for all creators who were thirsty for a change. Without further ado, part 1: Make Great Stuff Part 2: Adjust Your Packaging Part 3: Work to Publish Click here if you'd like to learn more about PatreCon. Before you get back to making awesome things, comment below and tell us which video resonated most!

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