No one makes a living on Pateron 🔗

No one makes a living on Patreon

Of those creators, only 1,393 — 2 percent — make the equivalent of federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $1,160 a month, in October 2017. Worse, if we change it to $15 per hour, a minimum wage slowly being adopted by states, that’s only .8 percent of all creators.

Kind of depressing reading as it casts a lot of doubt on pateron and donations as long term viable income streams. At the same time, it’s not the most suprising statistic and seems to refect common distribution curves where the top far out performs the majority.

“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you stick with them for years.” — James Clear in Atomic Habits

Isralie style coffee and baklava in the coolest coffee shop in Krakow. 76737E3B-A92B-4667-8DF0-E5452C5E5555.jpg

We’re in our favourite coffee shop in Kazimierz, the old Jewish district in Krakow, and there are free short stories. This one is a graphic novel. CCE51CCA-FD93-4A55-BC0F-9CDC566912C4.jpg

November 2018 Now and Then Update

Last month I tried updating my Now page at the start of the month and writing a description of what had occurred, and what is coming up. It’s kind of a “monthly review” for me.

So here’s my November 2018 Now and Then Update


Goals My goals for last month were a mixed bag Spend time with my daughter - I caught up with the copyblogger course I’m doing and now just need to submit some work. - I did nothing for “the ninja project” and it’s probably on the back burner unfortunately. - I read very little more of On Writing Well but I did read some. I’m hoping to slowly continue this month - I did try a couple of calligraphy styles, but the main thing I did was investigate the Pentel brush pen by doing Inktober only using that pen. It was a really fun challenge to try an unusual and different pen. I kind of want to do something similar with a different pen next month and see what comes up. - My writing portfolio still needs a bit of an update but it’s coming along well - I did nothing for NaNoWriMo but I’m going to start free writing everyday, it may lead to a book, or not. Hopefully it will stick beyond just November. - I didn’t plan to, but I ended up completing Inktober and I’m going to put a post with every image. - I spent far too much time considering what new phone I should get. I had placed some limits and requirements to stop me upgrading sooner and they were now all met. However, I didn’t want to blindly follow my gut but really check and make sure I was making a good choice that reflecting a suitable use of money. At times like this I like to review why I don’t use certain products and consider what it would be like to switch system as well as the pain points. In this case I really considered getting an Android phone. There are certainly some advantages but I’ve happily decided against doing so, I placed one last restriction on myself to give myself time to make sure I was happy with my final decision and so in a week or so, I should upgrade.

Key Events - My parents visited and met their Granddaughter - My in-laws visited again and we prepared some great food. - We went to a wedding in Lublin - I had a major project at work that was a great challenge, but quite stressful.

Unexpected delights - Starting reading Atomic Habits by James Clear - Getting back in to exercising after some illness - David Sparks Omnifocus field guide provided some really interesting ideas. - I’ve really got back into Jazz music again.


Last time I talked about goals, this month (inspired by James Clear) I want to focus on habits instead. - Daily writing first thing (instead of browsing and searching the internet) - Playing some Jazz guitar at the weekend - Personalizing a couple more Siri Shortcuts so they are more useful - Going through a couple of courses I signed up for in the past…and did nothing with! - I’m looking for a better way to manage quotes.

Upcoming events - My wife’s birthday - Some national holidays (1st November and 11th)

A Long-Term Review of The Focus Course

“The Focus Course helped me create a manageable plan of action that worked with my work and lifestyle that I could easily implement.” - Me

I noticed the Focus Course had reopened today and my testimonial (the one above from being one of the initial beta testers) is still there. This made me reflect on the course and what has changed since then.

  • I’ve got married
  • I bought a home
  • I welcomed my daughter into the world
  • and I changed job

There’s more that’s occured of course, but these points — espeically the last point — really highlight The Focus Course’s legacy in my life. At the end of the Focus Course, I had set several core goals, I also chose a simple habit to impliment, the one which would lead to the biggest impact on my life. It was to “do a fitstar workout everyday” to help move toward my health goal. Now I go to the gym twice a week, have hit the weight goal I was aiming for (I have trouble with being underweight) and am much healthier than before.

In work, I left my job as a teacher this summer and became a content writer. It was a long term professional goal to write for a living but one that felt so distant. Still, I kept writing. This habit with sprint targets kept me moving and eventually someone noticed. I wouldn’t have followed this path were it not for the Focus Course.

Setbacks along the way

There have been setbacks along the way. I’ve had periods of distraction — I’ve recently noticed that I am distracted more by my phone than before — and some goals didn’t work out. I’ve tried things and changed my mind. I’ve had periods where I didn’t even check on my goals. But I can still access the Focus Course and have redone the course twice since I first took it.

I’m about to restart the course again and I’m sure it will be different this time. For instance, I have a daughter now and this is new. Certianly some of the task will end up differently.

You should do the Focus Course

The focus course isn’t cheap but it is one of the most life changing things I’ve done in my life. The method of learning is one that I’ve tired to use in learning courses I’ve set up and if you stick to it, it will make a difference.

You can sign up here.

I have no affiliate relationship with the focus course, this recommendation is just that. A heartfelt recommendation of something that will make a difference for you.