I feel your frustration, Sam. And what you do, especially on the Facebook page, is thankless work.
As someone who is building on Patreon, YouTube, Podcast, and Medium, I’ve had my own share of doubts. They never seem to go away.
I’ve doubted my stories, myself and even this whole ‘creative path’. I’m currently in a place where I wonder if I should get a good old fashion job just so our family’s expenses would be met.
What we do is hard and with the world as it is, it takes guts to keep going and I know you have what it takes.
I started my Patreon by reaching out independently to friends and family. One by one.
We don’t really have a choice but to build connections slowly. When I moved to the US, I lost nearly all the readers I had from Cameroon. I have been writing online since 2012.
Can you imagine starting from scratch in 2018? Or starting a podcast? AND a YouTube channel?😂
I love what I do, and sometimes, I become that selfish creator where what I do becomes even more important than the people around me. It sounds evil…but I also know that the reason I can be present for them is because I get to do this.
There’s an article by Kevin Kelly, 1000 True Fans. Overall, he talks about how we don’t need millions of people to be able to live from our creations.
I believe he’s right. So, one by one, I’m reaching to people I’ve built relationships with who will benefit from me as much as I benefit from their dollar.
As for the stories, I’ve noticed that when I write from a place of Truth or Pain, it really resonates with my readers (here on Medium) which, of course, increases my earnings.
I don’t know what you can make of that 😅 Maybe share more personal life lessons? I don’t even know if I should be giving writing advice given that I’m also figuring this out as well.
From what I read about your daughters, work and your life, I believe there are some pieces there that you might consider ‘mundane’ which would resonate with parents, teachers, and other writers.
We have to support each other. We’re already doing a lonely job. We might as well do it together.
Take the time you need to breathe. We’ll be here when you return.