So it is possible to start on Patreon and be successful in relative short time.
It seems Penguintopia also made such a success in just 1 to 2 years.
I don't begrudge your trying, which is why I first suggested patreon. If the exchanges got a bit overheated, it's largely because your nae is similar to that of the author recently caught trying to push plagarized works (which he still denies). Since many of us have been burned by such attempts, and haven't been able to do much about it, it tends to rile us.
But, you complaints about we 'elite' small time authors started exactly where you are now. In fact, I too started with Patreon, but couldn't get much response from it, so I eventually gave it up. But, I learned everything I know about writing and publishing on the fly, just as everyone else here did. And I agree, it's not an easy path to take, as the learning curve is steep, but there are plenty of people here who have found similar battles to what you're facing now.
While I original response was strident, I didn't want you accidentally trying something which might get you in hot water (say by misdirecting SOL readers). Again, there are NO restrictions on either selling or subsidizing your writing, but there are guidelines on how you go about it.
You haven't been here for long, so you haven't been exposed to the long discussions we've had here about formatting, grammar and how to string sentences together. It's been a long, tough slog for each of us. Few of us started out studying how to be writers. Instead, we fell into it by accident, mostly after a lifetime of doing other work, but ending up where we have a lifetime of experience we can share in stories (hence the 'ability to tell a story', rather than trained techniques in how to properly put words together.
Like the rest of us, you'll learn, but whether you go through Patreon or some other route, you'll figure out what you need to know to continue.
By the way, currently there are only about three of us who are currently 'publishing', and no, since we're self-publishing, we don't have to remove our works in order to sell our wares. But, in the end, just as authors generally only hear from about 3% of their readers, we're supported by even fewer, and my prior frustrations with subscription models is that the participation rate is even lower than that. It's easy to shell out five bucks now and then for a finished product, but it's another entirely to pay every month as someone learns. I'm not saying you won't succeed, just warning you that it'll take time before you can build the support you're hoping for.
But through it all, the contentious authors here on the SOL forum will support you, often responding harshly to misread cues, but always ready to offer advice—whether it's wanted or not. 'D
By the way, I started writing around 2010, and published my first work at the end of 2011, so I'm guessing that Wildbow and I aren't that dissimilar.
Finally, beware of tossing around the term 'free money'. However little i make, I work hard for it, and writing is a tough field to survive in. You do whatever it takes to survive, as many famous authors (ex. Anais Nin) survived by writing porn for pennies per page. But what distinguishes authors, isn't how much money they produce, but how they're driven to write, whether they make money or not, whether they know the 'rules' or not, and despite their many failings. That's the true definition of an author, not someone who wants to strike it rich, but someone who has to write come hell or high water.