The total that came in before the switch to Patreon this month was 2585. That's great, because combined with the 391 currently pledged on Patreon, that means 2976 has come in so far. If another 24 dollars in pledges come in, that will meet the 3000 goal of having a draw next month.
I'm still refining Patreon stuff and I may have rewards for backing over a long period, total contribution rewards as well as monthly ones. As it is, Subby Puppy is another free file and is out, and I'll be posting more files today.
For those who don't know yet - a file is randomly made either premium or free. So I am not picking and choosing which files go where, people are getting free files of the same quality as the premium files.
Backer Files will often be a bit different, experimental or very long. This is fine since anyone who pledges $20 dollars or more gets the whole collection of backer files next month, currently 31 files, 33 by the end of the month. I am also working on some books that I think people might like, but that is a longer-term project. Some friends and I tinkered with a podcast idea, and if that takes off it might be one more reason to fund the site.
The reality is, I met my goal for this month, so I will not be looking for a supplementary job and will keep running the site as I have been. if I don't hit 2000 in pledges by the end of May, then I will have to reduce the number of releases and also look for another job, which will take time away from the site. As long as one fan is still backing me, I'll keep making stuff, but I wanted to bring home the reality of my situation - if this is no longer a way to make a living, I'll keep doing it anyway because it is something I love, but the time I have available to do it will go way down, which means fewer files and less time answering your emails. But, you have until the 3rd of June when May's backing will bill. You can wait and see if I keep up my production and if I'm making stuff you like. But if you like the free stuff, consider backing.
I am going to begin doing work logs and podcasts about site stuff, when I have the current batch of files complete.
Thanks to everyone who has already backed, you'll be getting your rewards on the 10th of May, and I will email you on the 5th to double check what you would like. To anyone else who wants rewards, back before the 1st of May. Otherwise you'll have to wait until the 10th of June when MAY's backing clears.