I signed up for Patreon a few weeks ago. I haven't actually offered any goals or incentives, but I'm doing ok:
I've wondered out loud in the comment section of my serial about whether I'd shot myself in the foot by going with Patreon. Yes, the steady income is nice (presumably - I haven't received the cheque with last month's earnings) but I think impulse donations do better for me.
Without Patreon: People read a great chapter, get pumped, really thrilled, and drop a $20-50 donation. They maybe do the same thing later in the month.
With Patreon: People sign up, they weigh the pros and cons & whether they'll have enough money next month, and the offer something conservative. They then read a great chapter, get pumped, thrilled, psyched, and then they think, "I'm signed up on Patreon, that's $10 a month I'm giving right there, why donate?"
I dunno. But last month, where I signed up for Patreon, I did less well financially than I've done since September. Hard to tell how much of that is the late Worm readers trailing off and how much is the new finances, but yeah.