Patreon is a platform that lets people (patrons) support people (creators) they dig.
As a patron, you get to choose your monthly level of support, and in doing so gain access to exclusive “rewards” that are only available to Patreon supporters.
In general, every patron gets access to the Patron-only feed, which is basically a mini-blog on that platform where creators (me!) can post updates, notes, articles, or other things for their patrons.
For this site specifically, because I give everything away free & uncopyrighted, I’m using the patron-only feed to write “behind-the-scenes” type stuff that IPM fans or social justice nerds might dig.
And depending on your monthly gift, you can also access other rewards. The stuff I’m offering right now is stickers and handwritten notes, but if people ask for different things I’m amenable. I’m new to this, so I’m looking for lots of feedback.
If you’re familiar with Kickstarter (or Indiegogo, or other “crowdfunding” platforms), you can think of Patreon as being a Kickstarter for an ongoing project/creation (vs. a one-time thing).