Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Passed First Patreon Milestone

Last night, we passed one of the "milestones" I'd set for the Half Hour Hegel Patreon page.  I'd committed that, if enough patrons pledged that we reached $25 per video, I'd remove all of the advertising from every one of the videos in the Half Hour Hegel series -- past, present, and future.

We're now up to 8 patrons, and combined they've committed to $31 per video -- a show of support and appreciation for a philosophical project that is really great to witness!  That not only more than surpasses any ad revenue the video series earns -- it's also pretty cool to be able to put a face and a name to each supporter of this work, rather than just have everyone lumped into an anonymous aggregation of advertising numbers and terms.

When I sat down and worked out what it takes to produce one half-hour video on my end, it ended up involving somewhere around 4-5 hours worth of work.  The actual filming of 30 minutes worth of footage requires a good bit more than half an hour.   Preparing for the filming -- rereading, thinking, planning, even writing on the chalkboard, takes up a surprising amount of time.  Then, there's creating the slides, the whole editing process, uploading the video, and entering in all of the information. 

The next milestone arrives at the $50 per video mark.  At that level, what I'm committed to doing is stepping up the pace of video-production from the roughly four videos per month to six videos per month -- that would effectively get the entire project accomplished in 2/3 of the time allotted, reducing the projected 4 to 5 years to about 3 to 3 1/2 years.  I suspect that, at the current rate of new patron commitments to the project, I probably should plan to hit that mark this upcoming month!

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