October 2017

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Summary

It was a super busy month for me in October with my motion graphics "day job." As such, I continued to rely on never-published mostly-finished artwork in From the Dust #5 for new storyboard pages. We've now used up all of this ready-made artwork so I will be logging more hours in November or we won't have a 7 page delivery in December.

Readers

We had another 50% drop in hits to the website. Also not surprising since the website hasn't been updated with all the content that Patrons have helped me create. I have yet to figure out how to do this effectively. Do I publish storyboard pages as they are finished? Do I wait and publish it all at once? No idea yet. I really should figure it out. If you have an opinion ... send it to me. Right now the plan is to publish it all at once, but the website promises monthly updates so those things are currently not in harmony. I also spent $0 on ads this month and posted nothing to social media so I'm not surprised by the decrease in visitors.

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Time Sheets

October was not my best month for hours. Only 12 hours dedicated to From the Dust that was to wrap the October 2 delivery. Technically none of the work I delivered on Nov 4 was completed in Oct. Also, you may notice I worked on a Sunday. I am trying really hard to get my schedule under control so that never happens again.

Dollar amounts are used for reference purposes only. I guarantee one hour spent on production for every $25 Patrons provide.

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Content Delivered to Patrons

    October 2 Delivery

    • 10 pages storyboards

    November 4 Delivery

    • 6 pages storyboards

    Patrons

    Only one new patron and a net loss of $17 (someone changed their pledge - to be expected).

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    September 2017

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    Summary

    September was a whirlwind but in a lot of great ways. I ended up taking an impromptu vacation because of amazing plane ticket prices and visited relatives in 3 different states (CA, UT, SD) but had to balance my work with that impromptu vacation. As such, September's delivery was delayed by 10 days and October's delivery by one day. All in all, I relied fairly heavily on pre-made but never-released content in From the Dust #5 to create 10 new story pages for Patrons, overdelivering on what I am being compensated for by almost 500%.

    Readers

    30% drops in traffic this month but I did spend a little bit of money $40 I think promoting some FB posts toward the end of the month. Doesn't appear to have generated any traffic to the website. Not surprising, really, since the new content being created by Patrons is not yet making it's way onto the website. Not sure what to do there ... just keep on moving forward and see what happens.

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    Time Sheets

    Dollar amounts are used for reference purposes only. I guarantee one hour spent on production for every $25 Patrons provide.

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    Content Delivered to Patrons

    September 11 delivery:

    • 7 pages of storyboards
    • 5 pieces concept art

    October 2 Delivery

    • 10 pages storyboards

    Patrons

    Only one new patron but it increased revenue by 30% because it's an art student.

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    August 2017

    Summary

    We launched! ... Now what? This month was spent figuring out where to go from here. I spent a good amount of time making various Patreon videos but not one that "is right" yet.

    Readers

    Less visitors by half but not surprising because I spent less money on advertising and also had no new content.

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    Time Sheets

    Dollar amounts are used for reference purposes only. I guarantee one hour spent on production for every $25 Patrons provide.

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    Content Delivered to Patrons

    Unfortunately I dropped the ball with balancing freelance work and only delivered 1 full color image to Patrons but have committed to completing the delivery by Sept 10.

    Patrons

    We ended last month with $183 pledged and 25 patrons per month.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    July 2017

    Summary

    Despite not having a video to launch with, I pulled the trigger and started From the Dust again on July 15, 2017. This is my first transparency report. I am trying to keep it simple with just using screenshots.

    Readers

    Time Sheets

    Dollar amounts are used for reference purposes only. I guarantee one hour spent on production for every $25 Patrons provide.

    Content Delivered to Patrons

    15 pieces of concept art for From the Dust #3 delivered on August 1.

    Patrons

    Patrons are From the Dust's only source of income. We started this month with 0 patrons and $0/month.