As I’ve written elsewhere, it’s been a tough year for musicians. Fortunately, things are looking up on that end, at least for yours portly. With school starting back this week, I’m hoping some of my old students will be comfortable with resuming one-on-one lessons, especially after sitting in class all day with other students (and with our new sanitation and safety protocols). Still, 2020 will be a down year for lessons revenue, and especially for gigs.
In brighter news, The Portly Politico has more followers and subscribers than ever. Currently, my SubscribeStar page has seven subscribers, three of whom are subscribed at the $5 tier. Thanks to their support, the blog is bringing in $15.38 a month after SubscribeStar takes its cut. That may seem like small potatoes, but that support means more than the dollar figure suggests.
If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to subscribe. $1 a month is an easy lift, and considering the back catalog of posts is growing every week, the value of that investment continues to grow. If you’re already a $1 a month sub, you may want to consider upgrading to a $5 a month subscription.
I’m also introducing more perks for $5 a month subs. So far, the $5 tier has been the same as the $1 tier, just with Sunday Doodles tossed in. Last week, I included some bonus doodles. I’ll be doing that more frequently—not necessarily weekly, but often enough to make it a fun surprise. I’m also going to be uploading more music, especially material that can’t currently be found on my Bandcamp page.
During distance learning, I amassed a treasure trove of history and government lectures. I’ll be uploading some of those for $5 subs, probably starting with the Second World War lectures.
Finally, select Fridays this fall will be “Five Dollar Fridays,” posts that will be largely dedicated to 2020 election coverage and analysis. As the name suggests, those posts will be exclusive to $5 and up subscribers.
Naturally, I’ll continue to offer free weekly content Sunday through Thursday, and some Fridays. We’re closing in on 600 days of posts, and two years is about 134 posts away. Of course, if you’re not subscribed, you’re missing out on 116 posts (as of this writing)! That’s a ton of content (and doodles).
If you’re interested in a subscription, sign up here or here. If you know of someone who might be interested in paying a small fee for quality content, please forward this blog post them, or send them here.
One final pot-sweetener: if we hit 10 subscribers—at any level—by the end of August 2020, I’ll upload some special, surprise content for all subscribers.
Thanks again for your support—and your patience with yet another sales pitch. It is truly appreciated.