I am toying with the idea of putting up a patreon sometime this year and a donate - or rather a "Buy me a coffee" - button. My series is going well from a writing perspective (not one missed or even late update in near 6 months!) so I'd say getting it out there and seeing what comes is the next step.
I would like to discuss a few things with you guys however because of one simple fact: You have patreons and experience with them, I don't.
I haven't found a similar thread as most of the ones mentioning patreon are about marketing in general or one specific patreon, not patreon in general. But I think patreon is the difference between an audience and a fanbase or a community. It can be used to involve your audience with the work, to make them invest in more than just the art - let them invest themselves into the project of making the art.
That is not to sound greedy but I think we haven't fully explored the possibilities of setting ourselves up for patreon.
What I would like to discuss is a different question:
How could patreon affect the design of a WebSerial? How could patreons specific model of funding art be incorporated into our specific art?
Obviously some of you already try to make the strucutre of your WebSerial fit patreons system of all around goals - like Bonus Chapters for X amount of cash per month, better WebDesign or -Art for Y amount and so on. I know ClearMadness is doing that and it appears to go rather well.
There's also the tiered system of patreons themselves - getting stuff for this or that amount of monthly support.
Again I'd say ClearMadness is getting really creative with those. I disagree with the exclusive content, but that is simply a matter of taste. The idea to make your patreons vote on the content of bonus chapters though is simply genius.
So what do you think are viable options to let patreon(s) take a part in shaping the Serial?