Hi everyone! Time flies, doesn’t it? It’s already time for my May edition of This Month On Patreon!
If you missed my inaugural April post, this is a new feature that I’ve decided to start, thanks to feedback from Mahima, who shared with me that she hadn’t realized that I have a Patreon page, until I’d mentioned it in my recent post on the Ji Soo bullying controversy.
That inspired me to start a monthly post on:
1. what’s happening on Patreon in a given month,
2. exactly when you can expect to see various Patreon-related reviews in the month,
3. what shows I’m considering for coverage on Patreon, to replace shows that have completed their cycles, and
4. what you can expect, as a patron.
I hope you guys find this helpful &/or informative, and I hope you’ll consider supporting me on Patreon! ❤️
Why I’m on Patreon
My work has been on hold for more than a year now, because of the pandemic, and this is my way of trying to create a viable alternative source of income. As it stands right now, it’s murky and uncertain, whether work can resume for me, and if so, when that might happen.
I love this blog and if I had to switch careers, I would most likely have to quit blogging (those of you who’ve blogged before, or are still blogging now, would know what I mean when I say that blogging takes up a LOT of time 😅). Rather than quit the blog, I decided to try blogging full-time, and that’s where Patreon – and everyone who values what I do on this blog – comes in.
I am very grateful for all the support that has already been given (thank you to all my existing patrons, you guys are the best! 😘). At the same time, the amount raised each month isn’t quite enough to cover my living expenses, and is still quite far from being a proper income, which is why I do hope that my Patreon page will be able to continue growing.
If you value the work that I do here on the blog, please consider supporting my work on Patreon. ❤️
Shows currently covered on Patreon + their tiers
Adblocker (US$1): Scripting Your Destiny**
Early Access (US$5): +Beyond Evil
Early Access Plus (US$10): +Oh! Master
VIP (US$15): +Sisyphus: The Myth
VVIP (US$20): +Navillera
Ultimate (US$25): +Vincenzo
* Just to be clear, the tier benefits are cumulative, so if you sign up for the Ultimate tier, you wouldn’t only receive episode notes for Vincenzo, you’d receive episodes notes for all the other shows as well!
* I publish one set of episode notes each day, so each show’s episode notes will publish once in 5 days, since I currently cover 5 shows on Patreon. For example, Vincenzo E12 will post today (1 May 2021), and Vincenzo E13 will post in another 5 days, on 6 May 2021.
Scripting Your Destiny episode notes
** Currently, I have a special little bonus going on, where my Adblocker tier (and therefore, also all other patrons on other tiers) receive episode notes for Scripting Your Destiny. I didn’t want to upset my 5-day cycle, and so these notes are published on the same days as the notes for Beyond Evil.
** As a small glimpse into the Patreon experience, I’ve made the episode notes for the first 3 episodes of Scripting Your Destiny available to everyone; I hope you guys enjoy! You can check out those notes here: E1, E2 and E3.
** E4 notes for Scripting Your Destiny will be published on 5 May 2021. If you’d like to join me for the ride, you can do so by signing up for the Adblocker tier. 😊
Where to watch:
Getting around geo-restrictions
If you’re geo-restricted, a VPN service would help you get around that. Not only does it provide online safety, it also gives you access to lots of great geo-restricted content.
I personally use NordVPN. You can find my review of NordVPN here.
You can use my affiliate link (here!) to enjoy up to 60% * off, with prices starting as low as US$3.29 per month.
* This used to say 73%, but because NordVPN’s changed the way it calculates the discount, it now says 60%. BUT, it’s the same great price, starting from US$3.29 a month!
An article on why it’s not illegal to use a VPN to access legal streaming content can be found here.
When Patreon-related reviews will post this month
This month, only 1 of the shows I’m covering on Patreon will finish its cycle. Here’s when you can expect to see the review:
Sisyphus: 9 May 2021
Do stay tuned for that! 😃
Of course, this just means that June is going to be more reviews-heavy, as more shows finish their Patreon cycles then. 😅
Replacement shows I’m considering
This isn’t yet cast in stone, because I’d need to check out the shows to make sure I like them enough to cover them on Patreon, but here are the ones that I’m considering:
Sisyphus: possibly to be replaced by Youth Of May
Other back-up shows I have in mind (in case the shortlisted show doesn’t make my cut): Taxi Driver, Undercover, Daebak Real Estate (Sell Your Haunted House).
If you have other great shows to suggest, do let me know in the comments! Please do remember to bear in mind their airing schedules, though.. for example, I really wish I could include Move To Heaven as one of the replacement shows, but it only starts airing on 14 May 2021.
If you’re new to my Patreon page, here are a handful of things you might like to know:
1. ALL tiers receive my episode 1 notes for any show that I’m covering on Patreon.
Therefore, if you’re curious about my Vincenzo notes, but aren’t sure whether you’d like them enough to want to join the Ultimate tier, joining the US$1 Adblock tier will give you immediate access to Vincenzo E1 notes. After this, if you wish to upgrade to the Ultimate tier, Patreon would simply charge you the difference, while immediately unlocking all the posts that your new tier entitles you to. That’s exactly what Michelle did, and I’m happy to report that she’s been happy with her decision and experience. 😃
2. The Ultimate tier also receives E1 notes for all shows that I’m watching, INCLUDING shows that I’m NOT covering on Patreon.
This has included E1 notes for shows like True Beauty, Lovestruck in the City, Sweet Home, Shanai Marriage Honey (Japan), Must You Go?, Love In Between (China), A Thousand Goodnights (Taiwan) and Zombie Detective. I call these posts Early Access Extras, and as a patron on the Ultimate tier, on average, you can expect to see about 2 of these posts each month.
3. You can interact with me and with one another, on Patreon.
There is a comment feature on Patreon, so much like here on the blog, you’d be able to comment on posts and share your thoughts with me and with other patrons. There is also a private message function, so you’d be able to message me directly on Patreon, if there’s something you’d like to talk with me about, but you feel isn’t relevant to the posts on Patreon themselves.
4. You can feel safe to move between tiers at any time.
Because you are charged upfront on the 1st of each month, that tier’s privileges will continue to be open to you, even if you choose to move down a tier sometime during the month.
For example, if you were on the Early Access Plus tier, and on the 15th of the month, you decided that you’d like to move down one tier, to the Early Access Tier, you can make that change right away – but because you’ve already paid for Early Access Plus privileges, those will remain open to you until the end of the month. And then you will be charged your new tier rate, at the beginning of the following month.
If you choose to upgrade your tier, you can also do so at any time, and you will simply be charged the difference, eg, US$5, if you’re moving from the Early Access tier, to the Early Access Plus tier, and the additional privileges will be immediately unlocked for you as well. You will then be charged the new rate on the 1st of the following month.
Please let me know if this explanation isn’t clear! 😅
..And that’s about it, for this month’s updates! If you have suggestions for other things that you’d like me to include in these monthly update posts, do let me know in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do, to incorporate them into future posts. I aim to publish future update posts on the first of each month.
Thanks for reading, thanks for your support, and thank you for being here! Big hugs to ya! 🥰❤️😘
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