If you haven't received an email from Patreon you should know that they are switching their processing fees from onto the creator to over onto the patron Dec 18th. There is a huge uproar about it and here's why:
Say you have a strict budget, and wanted to contribute a little to as many creators you love as possible to support and gain some behind the scenes access. That $1 pledge is pretty easy to count how much you're spending.
With transaction fees of 2.9% + .35 cents, suddenly $1 turns into $1.38. Seems manageable right? Except that charge is PER PLEDGE. If you're supporting say 20 creators at a $1 tier, suddenly you're spending $27.60 instead of $20, and for a lot of people that's a deal breaker.
So two things are going to happen:
Either artists will have to lower their basic "every little bit counts" tier to $0.63 to make the math round back to $1 for everyone,
Or patrons are going to be trimming down their pledges big time and less popular creators will suffer because they can't shoulder a small cut for the opportunity to connect with a good portion of their fans on a more intimate level.
I was thinking about eventually turning Patreon into an interactive "tip jar", but after this I think I'm going to head over to Ko-Fi or make my own wordpress blog sponsored by paypal.me donations (I just can't tell if you get email notifications following people on Ko-Fi or not) or /potentially/ better yet, Kickstarter's not-Patreon: Drip! ...whenever they get their crap figured out...
Good luck out there, and have a happy holidays peeps!