is YouTube your full time career now ?
Sounds like you're projecting Tom. Not that I'm judging, I used to project all the time, I'd feel guilty and get angry about my own thoughts and actions so I'd accuse others of them because I thought it made me look like I was distant from it. Not saying you're doing this, just that you'll probably be happier being honest about it if you are (not that you have to tell people, just don't feel like you have to accuse others). Anyway, try not to assume that the majority of people pledging to Roaming Millennial are doing so because of this, not every YouTuber is easy to watch and listen to anymore. Personally, I watch mostly Andyworski, Some Black Guy, TJ Kirk, and of course Roaming Millennial. Sometimes Bearing and Blaire White too but not as much. People who scream "Autistic" and "Cuck" are difficult to watch because of how obnoxious they come across for the sake of trying to be entertaining, and I see no point in subscribing to people who just repeat what they've heard other people say.
Another point worth mentioning is that Patreon allows people to connect with their fans more, Facebook and YouTube can make it difficult. YouTube is trying to demotivate people from creating controversial content, and Facebook took away organic reach (which I'll admit I don't fully understand). Both platforms use algorithm to limit what you see and sometimes notifications just pass you by, which is what I miss about classic forums where you know for sure when someone is trying to communicate with you and not just commenting on your content "because why not".
At what point will you stop soliciting thirsty guys for money on patreon? You know most are giving you generous sums because they don't know you have a boyfriend and think they're gonna win your heart by throwing money at you, right?
I'm making a very comfortable amount of money while sharing my opinions with hundreds of thousands of people while expanding my platform all the time with new monetized business ventures (merchandise, this site, a podcast this summer, a book eventually hopefully). So yeah, it's a pretty good career in fact :) Sorry your music career didn't work out though, I love music too but wouldn't want to pursue music as a job.
I do not want to come across hustle or an asshole, but how is youtube a career? To me it seems a hobby like playing rock'n roll shows. At some point you've got to sell our soul and trade that guitar in for an office job that pays well and offers benefits. Im no spring chicken I'm in my early 30's I wish I could make a living playing and writing music I had to give it up to support myself and girlfriend now that I'm thinking about marriage.