Patreon | Revised, Awesomized

Normal Happenings is growing, and just by being part of our wonderful blogging community, you are helping us accomplish our goals! Our readers (and soon, viewers and listeners) simply must be some of the most amazing people in the world! Gosh, that feels so good to say!

Our old Patreon model, while fitting for the direction we thought Normal Happenings was going for its time, ended up not working out the way we planned.

Time is valuable, and we think you probably at least have a passing familiarity with our work. The goals, the tiers, and even the upcoming promotional video have been vastly simplified to reflect the future ambitions of Normal Happenings! So, what does that future look like? It’s as simple as one, two, three. 

One Podcast: Normal Talks

We have already started putting the pieces together for Normal Talks, which will be a podcast with Nikki and me about appreciating everyday life. We’d like to try something unique. Rather than each episode being a well-planned show, we want to talk about everyday things and let our interactions take center-stage. We think you’ll like it.

Two High-Quality Video Series: ??? and ???

We will not reveal too much about these at this time, but we will say they both are video game related and loosely based on previous Normal Happenings collaborations. One more thing: we will not let a single video go live until is meets or exceeds the quality bar set by the amazingly artistic video game focused creators out there. Video games are art, and deserve to be treated as such. 

Three Ambitious Collaborations Each Year. 

We originally said we were going to do four collaborations each year akin to Hyrule: See the Sights! Hear the Sounds! and The Games That Define Us. We’ve decided to revise that down to three in order to not overload ourselves and to maintain a high level of quality. Still, considering the bullpen of amazing bloggers (including those for the upcoming Tracking Shells collab) who consistently contribute amazing pieces to our collaborations, you have so much to look forward to! 

We need funding to constantly improve. While we think we’re a ways off from supporting ourselves via content creation, our goal is and always will be to provide our wonderful audience with the highest quality work. It provides us fulfillment through artistic engagement, and we wouldn’t have it any differently. We need resources to shoot for the stars. Things like hardware and software, subscriptions to art resources, and audio equipment are essential for the highest quality creative content.

Therefore, we’ve slashed the number of tiers to just one

It may seem a little unusual, but it helps us completely circumvent our single biggest issue with the tier model. We do not believe in locking creative content behind a paywall. Even if that content is behind the scenes looks into our creative process, that itself is content beneficial to the entire word.

So, what will at least 1 USD a month get you? Quite a lot, actually, and it’s all wrapped up in these two things:

Early Access to Daily Inklings

We will publish our Daily Inklings as posts here on Patron as we come up with them, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure each Inkling is up at least three days in advance. That will give you a head start on tackling the prompts so you can release your answer when it comes out! 

Daily Inklings, if you are not familiar, are our writing prompts published seven days a week. They’re designed to spark your creativity with thought-provoking and often unique questions. Many bloggers who follow Normal Happenings love to turn them into blog posts, and our non-blogger audience loves to answer them just for fun! 

A Special Discord Server

Normal Happenings will be launching our own Discord server very soon, exclusively for collab contributors, VIPs, and Patrons! As a Patron, you’ll be invited to converse with us about anything you like! Additionally, there will be channels for upcoming collaborations, videos, and podcasts! 

The Break-Even Point

​In the​ interest of full transparency, we wanted to detail the tools and associated costs with Normal Happenings. Basically, what we want to do is not cheap — most art is not. We believe our first Patreon goal should be to “break even,” releasing us from the high cost this type of art often requires.

​Here’s what we currently pay for monthly:

  • ​Adobe Creative Cloud (20 USD/month)
    • Includes Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere Pro, which are our main design and video tools.
  • Epidemic Sound (15 USD/Month)
    • Used for incorporating high quality audio into video projects. 
  • WordPress Premium (8 USD/month)
    • We love the new block editor, so we’re happy here for a while.

We would like to get to the point where each month’s Patreon check goes straight to paying off these creative content necessities.

Total: 42 USD/month

​Here’s what we own:

  • Surface Book 2, which is more than enough to keep us podcasting, designing, and editing videos for a very long time to come.
  • Video game capture card.
  • Serviceable podcasting equipment.

Total: 1,200 USD

We’d love to “pay these off” retroactively, but we’ll get to that a little later. Regardless, we have everything we need right now to start making amazing video and audio content!

If you want to know more or help support us monetarily, head on over to our recently revised Patreon page. And, of course, if you’re not in a position to help out in this manner, no pressure! Just keep on being an amazing reader who appreciates everyday life. You’re an important part of making this world a better place.

We are so excited to see what the future holds for Normal Happenings! We hope you’ll decide to be a part of it by supporting us on Patreon. 


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Matthew // Normal Happenings

Matthew Estes. STL-based Blogger. Graphic Designer. Happily Married. One day I'll actually complete a book I'm happy with. I love pizza, video games, and using way too many ellipses...

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