One year on Patreon, time to celebrate

It’s been one year now since I started my page on Patreon, so I figured it’s time to celebrate.

I started on Patreon in the worst possible way: saying to myself “what do you have to lose, just go for it.” and then jumping in at the end of the month. As a result, I only had a few days to get all my rewards done and failed at that. That created a backlog that has been difficult to catch up to. Work and my health got in the way as well, and I did my best to compensate: making the videos twice the length they would normally be and giving bonus rewards as much as possible.

Still, I wasn’t all that impressed with my own performance (to paraphrase GSP…) so I decided to kick it up a notch for this second year. So… As a reward for my patrons, this month I created every reward twice:

  • The rewards at every tier will come out as usual, available to the Patrons who signed up for that level.
  • I made another batch of rewards at all levels, available to everybody, including non-Patrons.

I think that’s a good deal for everybody:

  • I make a dent in catching up on everything.
  • My Patrons get twice the content.
  • Those of you who are on the fence about joining up get a free look at the kind of content you can expect.

Everybody wins.

Here goes:

First, here’s an Orange Belt reward, a quick instructional video on a specific technique. Sometimes I shoot these on request, other times it’s stuff from my other videos, but in a LOT more detail.

 

The second Orange Belt reward is a Quick Q&A video. My Patrons at that level can ask questions and I give a quick answer. My goal is always to give the type of information you can use right away. The more in-depth explanations happen at another reward tier.

 

At Green Belt level, there is more instructional material, but of a different kind. Each month, I break down footage of a violent incident and discuss the lessons we can learn from it. I always find case studies interesting, which is why I wanted to include them on my Patreon page.

 

Blue Belt level also has a unique reward, a 30min Q&A video. Patrons at that level and up can ask questions and I answer them in a lot more detail than in other videos. My goal with these is to explain the nuances and context of these topics, to help Patrons increase the depth of their knowledge and understanding.

There is a lot more at each reward level, these are only the videos I make. There’s also a Newsletter and you can download the current issue here or read it here below.

 

There is a bunch more content though.  For all the details and if you want to join up and get access to all the previously published content as well, go here.

To my Patrons, thank you for your continued support. It’s made a world of difference to me and I look forward to all that’s still to come.

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