Longtime fans of the website know this, but Just Plain Something is a labor of love. Since I started this project (which was originally a blog and morphed into primarily vlogs and the podcast), the cost of running it, going to the movies I review and the video tech come right out of my pocket. Because my full-time day job has been the main source of income for my household and the website, money has been tight on and off for years now.
So, What’s Patreon?
For the past few months, Just Plain Something has been participating in Patreon, a crowdfunding website for ongoing projects. Fans of our content choose a monthly subscription of any size with the money going towards our projects as well as helping us actually start saving money instead of everything going towards our bills. In exchange, each donation tier comes with small rewards, from a shoutout on Twitter to choosing one of the next movies we’ll review. Patreon has been a major help to us, with patrons now donating over $150
in combined pledges each month. I cannot express how grateful Mike and I
are for the support, whether it’s a few dollars or much more.
On top of individual rewards, if our patrons’ combined donations hit certain milestones then everyone gets to enjoy special extras. Future rewards include taking off mid-roll ads from the vlogs for all viewers and even having me write for the blog on a regular basis again. As of now, patrons get a special monthly video of me talking about past movies we review. These videos are just for them; non-patrons don’t get to see.
Join Our Patreon, Get DHtM Audios
As I said before, we’ve been blown away by the patrons we’ve had the last few months. Now we want to provide even more content. Below you’ll find the audio for our recent Driving Home the Movie episode for The Fault in Our Stars. Mike and I want to host all of our DHtM episodes as audio as well as video, but that will cost extra through our account on libsyn.
So here’s the deal: check out the audio version below, go to our Patreon profile and help where you can. If we get to $175 combined donations a month, we’ll have enough money to start making those audio versions available to everyone. On top of that, you’ll get your individual reward and that special patron-only video each month.
We appreciate whatever you can contribute and thanks again to those who already support us. Look out for even more stuff coming up from Just Plain Something.