I thought I had finally come to an agreement with myself about running a Patreon site.
I wanted to run mine as a sort of print of the month club. Each month I'd make a painting for patrons only and make prints of that painting to give out as pledge levels. Postcards, small prints larger prints and t-shirts plus a shot at buying the original. All of these items could be added to a sort of catalog and each pledge level would come with a percentage discount on anything in the catalog. In this way everyone gets something of real value, no charity involved.
It won't work.
There are minimum amounts that one can have printed at a time so at first my costs will almost certainly exceed my pledges. When you're starting at zero that's not feasible.
In theory it will grow over time, but I can't afford the start-up. Ironically you need to already have starting capitol to pay for trying to raise starting capitol.
So for now Patreon is off the table.
Color me depressed.