[S][J][P] is a few things at the same time.
- It is a website/archive system where I store and post the different things I'm making. This includes podcasts, notebooks, journals, photographs, videos, essays, and whatever else I might produce.
- It is a membership program – At this point, what this means, is that you can become a member by signing up to get email updates from [S][J][P]. You can become a member by clicking the red button in the screen's lower right-hand corner that says "Become A Member" and entering your email address.
Most of the things posted on [S][J][P] are things people can see without being members, but I'm slowly growing the members-only content.
As of now, there are two levels of membership:
Free membership is open to everyone and costs nothing & Supporting Memberships, where people pay either $10.00 a month or $100.00 per year to support the production of the things I make.
Free memberships are people who sign up to get the [S][J][P] Newsletter and the complete archive of that newsletter. They also get access to members-only posts (i.e., posts that they can see, but I don't post publically).
Anyone can become a free member.
Supporting memberships are people who have chosen to support me doing making the things I make by giving $10.00 a month or $100.00 a year.
I've molded the supporting memberships off of two things.
- The NPR model of being a member of your local station. Even if you're not a member, you still have access to the content that NPR station produces. The people who become members do so not to get extra stuff but because they want to support the production of content they value.
- Craig Mod's Special Projects Membership Program. I think Craig's pricing style makes sense, and his way of using his membership program to give him the money he can use to do projects that everyone can see makes sense. In addition to that, the extras that Craig gives his members are really interesting to me.
So, to recap, becoming a supporting member is something I'd want people to do because supporting my work makes it easier for me to continue producing the various things I produce.
Q: Be that as it may, will people get a few extras if they become a supporting member?
A: Yeah, a few things. (Even NPR gives members things like tote-bags and early access to tickets for events and a few other things.) But I hope that the main reason people become members is to support the production of stuff that ends up free for everyone.
What extras do supporting members of [S][J][P] get?
As of this writing, there are three things supporting members get as extras:
- You'll get an RSS feed to a podcast called Super Informal, which is a podcast I do only for people who are supporting members of [S][J][P].
- Another email, generally bi-weekly, which is more personal than the regular email I send out on a mostly weekly basis.
- Access to my Reading Notes (the notes I take when I'm reading a text.)
Things I might do for supporting members in the future are
- Live streams of me working on stuff. (I don't know if people would want to see this, but sometimes people seem to be interested in my "process," and this would be a way to show that process.