What (if anything) do you support through Patreon?
It's been asked a couple of times before, but not particularly recently (last was in August I think!). So who or what do you support on Patreon, and why?
I currently pay for two podcasts: Let's Know Things, and The Film Reroll.
Let's Know Things is a podcast made by Colin Wright, who if you've seen the Minimalists documentary on Netflix you may be familiar with. It's a great weekly podcast that picks apart a recent article, adds a load of context to the subject, and extrapolates from it somewhat. It's always insightful, and I've learned a load that I never thought I would from it.
The Film Reroll is probably my favourite podcast right now. The basic premise is that a group of people take the plot of a movie, and turn it into an RPG (using GURPS). So instead of normal improv where they can just do something, they have to roll dice to see if they actually succeed at doing it. It invariably ends up going completely off the rails, and is always hilarious. Highlights include the Speed episode where they catch the mastermind before he has a chance to plant the bomb on the bus, and Jumanji, where the dice rolls for the board game go so well that they beat it before things have a chance to go dreadfully wrong.
It's not through Patreon, but I also make a monthly contribution towards this website called wikipedia. It's pretty wild: an online encyclopaedia where anyone can view, submit, or edit the information, for free. It's got a page on just about anything you can think of, and whilst it's not perfect, it can be a fantastic jumping off point for learning about a subject, and going deeper via the sources. I believe it to be one of the pinnacles of online achievements, and I use it easily twice a week directly (and more indirectly, every time I get instant answers from Google).
So what do you support via Patreon (or other means)?
EDIT: A followup question. Does the amount that a creator on Patreon is already receiving have any bearing on your decision to contribute?
Ooooh, I didn't know Tildes was on Patreon! I've set up a small contribution now :)
I use to support PNWS podcasts. They make a lot of really interesting and spooky sci-fi podcasts that I like a lot. But they ended a couple of the stories I liked, ran another one I liked into the ground, and haven't really been releasing anything that interests me lately so I had to pull the plug on that. Though I strongly suggest checking them out.
Small Beans is a group of ex-Cracked writers making a bunch of content that they want. I was a really big fan of most of these people when they were making articles and videos at cracked, so when they got fired and started their own small group it was pretty natural for me to follow them. They have a really wide variety of things they release because there are so many different creators under the umbrella (there's a political podcast, there's a series called into the pit that talks about mental illness and depression. Started as one guy's look into his alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. There are some film and TV reviews, sometimes they get together and stream playing board games. There's a lot of different types of content). I'm a patreon for them because I really liked the content they make and its pretty minimal commitment. Edit: to answer your follow-up. I actually started being a patreon for what I gather is a weird reason. I liked their content and then one of their members made a tweet about how depressed he was because he'd been unemployed in LA (doesn't see small beans as his whole career) for a long time and he was barely paying his bills and really depressed about it. I became a patreon because I believe he's really witty and makes great content, and I want to support him and help him out how I can.
Last one is the Try Guys. This one might age me a bit. I just think their content is funny and I like smoking weed and watching 4 reasonably funny guys do dumb things and I like supporting independent creators (they just left buzzfeed to start their own company with the goal of helping other content creators grow their brands as well).
Contrapoints - great avant garde Youtuber named Natalie Wynn who discusses a variety of topics from Incels, to Jordan Peterson, and her experiences as a trans woman. You can see all past discussions of her videos on Tildes here.
Philosophy Tube - another great leftist YouTuber with a more philosophical bent. His two favorite videos of mine are Steve Bannon: Why do we build the wall and Suicide and Mental Health. You can see all past discussions of his videos on Tildes here.
Lindsay Ellis - a really fun film critic on YouTube with also a bit of a leftist bent. I got hooked on her from her solid Hobbit Series retrospective that is a must watch. She also does some more meta analysis of film / YouTube like her video on Product Placement and Fair Use. You can see all past discussions of Lindsay Ellis on Tildes here.
And of course I support Tildes because this site is great and since I am not a programmer all I can really do is tell people how great the site is and provide some financial support!
I just discovered Contrapoints last week - what a great channel! Lindsay Ellis is cracking too - I started following her after watching her Hobbit series, and she's been consistently great ever since.
I should start supporting more YouTube channels by the looks of it!
If you are looking for other recommendations, I also really enjoy hbomberguy and just pulled the trigger on supporting him on Patreon as well after realizing I hadn't yet. HBomberguy does a mix of gaming videos, online subcommunities, and other leftist topics.
Some recent videos of his that I really liked were:
Flat Earth: A Measured Response
Speedrunning is Awesome and here's why
He also did a super popular 77-hour 100% completion stream of Donkey Kong 64 recently that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support a UK charity that supports trans children.
The song at the end really stuck with me. Was in my head for days. "That's why we build the wall, we build the waaaaall to keep us freeeeee".
(it's a cover from the musical Hadestown, I learned later)
Pop Culture Detective Agency! Jonathan McIntosh makes such great videos about the intersection of masculinity, pop culture, and equality. Some of them are hard to watch (especially the ones that point out the misandry/misogyny in very popular media), but they are all so well-researched and well-made.
They're not all doom-and-gloom, either. He makes video essays about really cool depictions of masculinity, as well!
That sounds right up my alley. I will definitely check them out!
Tildes and Friends at the Table, an actual play podcast focused on critical world building, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends.
I'm a fan of the Film Reroll as well, though I find it works better for movies you're more familiar with. The Bill and Ted's episode was a lot of fun
You say that, but they're doing Goonies at the moment, and I've never seen it before. It's absolutely brilliant. I think a lot of the time it comes down to the cast, and just how well they're meshing/rolling for the session.
I'll have a look at Friends at the Table, sounds like a good avenue for exploring more RPG style podcasts :D
I have the first Goonie ep downloaded already, and looking forward to it more with your recommendation! I think you're right about the cast / session though... I don't remember loving the O' Brother Where Art Thou? Re-roll nearly as much as Bill and Ted's or Home Alone, and I'm pretty familiar with all three movies. Waiting till I power through the rest of this season of Revolutions!
Also, this (totally optional) chart may be of use for diving into FaTT, as they have quite the backlog of episodes. Or you could say screw all that noise and just dive in at the beginning like I did :p
Enjoy Goonies when you get around to it - it's been a lot of fun so far!
I've got the COUNTER/Weight series downloading as I type, but I may well end up going for the whole lot if they're good :D
The main creator I support is sleep with me podcast. I give him $10/month and I have never regretted a dime I sent his way. Finding that podcast was single-handedly the best quality of life improvement I have experienced.
I also follow a handful of YouTubers. The most notable is Ahoy. He doesn't release many videos, but every single one is spectacular. (I also follow him because YouTube's algorithm hates his release schedule and will not tell me that he has a new video out, even though I have watched every video he releases within a day of me finding it.)
Yes. If it's something that's more in the category "a shame if this would disappear" instead of "I get a lot out of this/I actively consume or feel part of this" and it's already doing well, I don't contribute. For instance, I used to be a supporter of the Partially Examined Life podcast. But I listened to later episodes less and less, so I cut them. They already have quite the support base.
On the other hand, I support Nicky Case, who makes really cool stuff very infrequently. I so appreciate these and I really want her to make a living from her work.
I also support the very awesome Philosophy Bites and, because of this thread, Tildes.
I support OpenPowerlifting. It's a FOSS project that is archiving powerlifting history. The goal is to remember every lifter at every level of the sport, not just the record holders. All the data and code are released for free. They have currently archived over 22,000 competitions and 395,000 unique lifters
Some independent artists like Zhillustrator who make really cool art. I've bought multiple prints from that guy, really love his work. It's awesome if artists can live off of their work so l'll gladly help.
I used to support Door Monster when I had a steady income.
Now, I'd support SovietWomble. He doesn't need it – he says so on the page – but I would, nevertheless, because the man delivers constantly.
I'd also consider supporting Hundred Rabbits – partly because they lead a cool lifestyle, partly because they make some really creative software and web design.
Tildes, and Way Out West: A Blow-In Blog. Tim and Sandra have a small farm in Ireland where they keep a lot of animals, run a therapeutic riding program, invent stuff, grow all kinds of things in an environmentally friendly way, make very entertaining YouTube videos, and generally struggle along as top-notch human beings.
Edit to answer the follow-up question: Yes, if a creator is already making a good amount of money on Patreon I don't feel the need to add to it. I don't have much to spare, and can only choose a couple of causes to support in my very small way.
Just a video series called Easy Russian, that does person-on-the-street interviews. They release often and do good work with subtitling (in Russian, transliterated Russian, and English), which is pretty rare, so that one is definitely worthwhile.
I had also Patreon'd Cloth Map for quite a while, but the release consistency just wasn't there. I should add Tildes, as well, since my current method of "just PayPal money whenever I think of it" isn't the most effective method.
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I'm a patron of Decoherent on YouTube, he has some really good RimWorld (great game too) Let's Plays.
Thanks for sharing. Started watching his Desert Doom playthrough. Let's see how it goes.
(If you like long lets-plays in more-serious strategy games, you could check out Shenryyr2. He used to post a lot of videos on YouTube but now mainly streams on Twitch. He plays the Paradox strategies: Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron IV, Crusader Kings II.)
So far only The Blindboy Podcast. It's the best thing I've heard in a long time. You need to start at the start though, and it takes a while to get into properly, probably about 6 episodes.
Currently I support:
Errant Signal, a video essayist on video games, and imo the best games writer out there in general. Also just a very nice guy.
The Pedantic Romantic, an anime video essayist. They're one of the best in that lane, but I particularly like to support them because I enjoy having a trans and leftist voice in the YouTube anime community...it needs it. The community in their Discord server is also quite nice so I appreciate them in general.
Piper Tompkins / SocialRevolution on YouTube, an old friend of mine who I haven't talked to much in a while but who I want to see continuing to work on her anarchist political writing and work on YouTube. One of the most thoughtful people I ever knew, really...and I'd love to see that shared with the world more :)