It’s been a crazy, and great year for Limited Resources. We did a Kickstarter a year ago, and it was a turning point for the show and for me personally. It showed me how much the community cares about the podcast, and it showed me that in the current world we live in, you can make a living doing what you love. The key is to do it well, and do it consistently. The rest will fall into place.
It’s an astonishing thing, really. If I told my grandpa that you could get something for free, *or* pay for it, he wouldn’t believe that people would pay for it. Just because they felt like it made sense for them. It’s a new way of looking at things, and I’m happy to embrace it.
With the Kickstarter winding down (there are still Kickstarter related items on the way, like interviews with Pro players, and some more videos!), it was time to look at other ways to monetize the show. Kickstarter really is meant for one-off projects, and just isn’t well suited for continuous release projects like our podcast.
After a bunch of research, I found Patreon. Patreon is a lot like Kickstarter, but tailor made for shows like ours. The basic idea is that you subscribe to the show, pledging some amount per show released. Once the show is released, Patreon collects the funds automatically. You can set any amount you want, change it at any time, and cancel at any time. You can even put a monthly cap on it, to make sure you stay within your budget.
It’s really cool. You can see it here:
It’s also fully optional. That’s right, it is *100%* optional to subscribe to the podcast on Patreon.
If you choose not to subscribe, you will still get the show every single week, completely free, and at the same time everyone else does. That won’t ever change for as long as I am running the show. I hate the idea of creating second class citizens within our little LR community. Offering some bonuses is cool, but if you are a listener of the show you are on equal footing in my book.
The Patreon is meant for people that have been asking for a way to give back to the show. Many missed the relatively short window to pledge via the Kickstarter and have asked for ways to contribute.
This Patreon is it!
For becoming a patron of LR, you will get some cool bonuses too. You can see them on the Patreon page.
I am *super* excited to launch this thing, it’s been months of planning and work and I hope this is the future for podcasts like Limited Resources. There have been a few successful Magic related podcast Kickstarters in the wake of ours, and I hope that this helps pave the way for future shows as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and for your support, be it monetary or otherwise!
We love you all.
Are these donations in perpetuity? I’d love to donate, but I’m trying to figure out how much money I’d be giving in the long run, and for some of the tiered rewards, how many podcasts worth do you have to donate for that tier to get the reward?
Yes. But you can change them whenever you want to tailor it to your desires. You can even just do a one-time donation by setting the amount, waiting for the show to go up, then canceling. It’s a little hacky, but it works too.
please god no more 🙁
Hopefully this will show that the Kickstarter wasn’t a fluke. If we can get the Patreon to around $850 per podcast, that comes out to the $44k backed on KS for a year. I’d love to hit the $2k mark though, I’m sure vidcasts would be a treat.