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patrons


Information: what Patreon is, how to use it, and why I use it:

Please note: all rewards must now be requested by a Patreon message (you have instant access to messaging me upon becoming a patron). It's very difficult to ensure that I haven't missed anything or anybody in regards to rewards, and some people have said they do not want me to send anything. For this reason, you should send a message to confirm that you would like to receive the reward stipulated in your pledge tier. (This doesn't include the book draw, which is still done automatically.)

What is this?
If you're here, then thank you. To even consider supporting my YouTube channel on Patreon is an immense compliment, and an immense help. Patreon is a crowdfunding service that allows you to pledge any level of monetary support to my channel, such as $1 every time I upload a video. You can also set limits, for instance by pledging $1 per upload, for a maximum of 2 videos per month. If you'd prefer to make a one-off donation, that can be done here: http://www.paypal.me/cosmicskeptic.

Producing videos and giving talks is now my sole means of income, largely thanks to Patreon. If you support the channel, you help me to continue producing content to a greater quality, and to avoid using sponsorships within my videos. It also allows you to access so-called 'rewards', which I have attributed to different levels of support. These include handwritten notes of thanks, video calls, and voice notes, and are available by a simple message request after becoming a patron. I've very much enjoyed meeting many of you via Skype and through the messaging function (the latter of which is available to patrons of all levels of support).

However, please note that if supporting my channel poses even a minimal financial strain upon you, even in the slightest capacity, my appeal for support is not directed at you. Please save your money, and perhaps support the channel through other (equally important) means, such as by sharing its videos and engaging with comments.

Why Patreon?
All of the online content which I make is (and always will be) free to consume, which has the natural benefit of keeping everything I do accessible, but is unfortunately rather unsustainable without some monetary support. Patreon offers an opportunity for kind individuals to provide such support to content-creators in a purely voluntary and extremely trustworthy fashion, and revenue from Patreon is far more organic and personal than traditional forms of revenue such as advertising and sponsorships. If you wish to help me improve both the quality and quantity of my content, you can become a patron and directly influence the evolution of its value.

Where Your Money Goes
Whilst the focus of my content is primarily on the discussive aspect, there are significant costs to consider with regards to production, such as camera equipment, lighting, and editing software (plus a computer to run it), as well as the ability to be in a position where I can more easily and freely obtain research materials and have more time in which to study them.

Since YouTube is now my job, your money acts as my wages, meaning I do not need another job, allowing me to put more time into content creation. You are therefore not just helping the channel to grow, but are helping me personally.

Of course, I am privileged to own any production equipment and to have any spare time at all, and I would continue to create videos even if I had the most unimpressive setup imaginable. It does not escape me that even the smallest of pledges is a gift of extreme significance. But having more time, resources and opportunities is allowing the channel to grow more than I ever could have imagined, and so if you want to be able to consider yourself a vital asset to any of its successes, Patreon offers an easy, safe and personal way to become one.

How It Works
If you’d like to become a patron, first and foremost, thank you! People like you are the reason I am able to continue doing what I love, and I am immensely appreciative of your support. In order to pledge, you will firstly need to create an account. If you haven’t done so already, you will prompted to do so during the following steps:

  1. Click ‘Become a patron’.
  2. Choose the amount you wish to pledge. (Pledges are on a ‘per video’ basis, so if you would like to set a limit to your monthly contributions, you can do at the confirmation stage.)
  3. At this point you will be prompted to sign up if you are not already logged in. You can do so via Facebook or by entering an email address.
  4. You will land on the confirmation page, where you can set monthly limits to your contribution and review your pledge. (If you wish to use PayPal instead of a credit card, this is also where you can connect your account.)
  5. Click ‘Confirm and Pledge’ - a box will appear on the screen where you can enter your card information (if you have not connected a PayPal account). Click ‘Pledge’ and you are now officially a patron of CosmicSkeptic!
  6. You now have immediate access to the messaging function, and so can message me here on Patreon. Once you have been a patron for one month, and your first payment has cleared, you are immediately entitled to the 'reward' of your pledge tier. Simply send me a message confirming that you'd like it in order to receive your reward (this does not apply to the book draw, for which you are automatically entered).
Notes:

  • If you pledge $5 or higher, (thank you!) you will be asked to provide a delivery address, this is purely for the purpose of mailing rewards (including the book draw) and will not be shared in any way or used for any other purpose.
  • If you have any problems or concerns, such as the message function not working or a need for clarity on how Patreon works, please send an email to [email protected].

Summary

I am of course greatly thankful for any donation you may be willing to make, no matter how small, but if you do not wish to or can't make a pledge, I hope that you enjoy my content regardless and that you instead help the growth of my content by joining the discussions over on the YouTube channel or blog. Thank you for reading and for considering becoming a patron.

-Alex
Tiers
Pledge $1 or More
$1 or more per video
Hey thanks! You're officially a patron of CosmicSkeptic, and will receive an appreciative virtual hug. You'll also receive:

  • Access to my patron-only feed, and to the message function, allowing you to contact me through Patreon
  • Thoughts and prayers directed personally towards you every time I visit church. 
Pledge $5 or More
$5 or more per video
Well I'm flattered, thank you for your generosity! For pledging $5 you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Automatic entry into a monthly draw where a 'Patron of the Month' will be randomly chosen. Each month, I will send this individual a book from my personal collection in the mail, with a personal handwritten message of thanks. (Winners will be notified via Patreon; please reply within 5 days.)
Pledge $10 or More
$10 or more per video
I would like to personally thank you if you decide to pledge at this level. By pledging $10 you will receive:

  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • I'll send you a voice note with a personal thank you. (Please request via message, including if you want me to say anything in particular.)
Pledge $20 or More
$20 or more per video

It still amazes me that anyone would want to support my channel at all, let alone at this level! By pledging $20 you will receive:

  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • I'll record a personal video for you expressing my thanks to you. (Please request via message, including if you want me to say anything in particular.)
Pledge $30 or More
$30 or more per video
Woah. At this tier, I feel obliged to send you some physical snail mail as a small token of my appreciation. By pledging $30 you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • A personal video message (please request)
  • A handwritten letter of thanks posted to your provided delivery address. (Please request via message.)
Pledge $50 or More
$50 or more per video
I'm truly lost for words if you decide to pledge at this level. I'd love to get to know you personally. By pledging $50 you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • A personal video message (please request)
  • A handwritten letter of thanks in the mail (please request)
  • A one hour Skype call where we can talk about anything which takes our mutual interest. If you'd like to, you can record the conversation and use it as you please. (If you continually support the channel we may be able to Skype more regularly.) (Please request via message to arrange a time and date.)
Pledge $100 or More
$100 or more per video
Well damn, you might as well call yourself an executive producer! By pledging $100 or more you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • A personal video message (please request)
  • A handwritten letter of thanks in the mail (please request)
  • I'll Skype you every two months (or more if both our schedules allow for it) and as before if you would like to film any of our conversations you are free to do so and use them as you wish! (Please request via message to organise a date and time.)
Pledge $250 or More
$250 or more per video
For this level of support, you will receive any and all of the previous rewards on your request. There is no specific extra reward at this level, but naturally you will stand out among all of my patrons and I'm sure that we will develop a personal relationship, as I have done with many top-tier patrons.
Pledge $500 or more
$500 or more per video
You will receive any and all of the previous rewards on your request, and will also exhaust my gratitude. I can't imagine that this tier will be approached by anyone, but if you decide to do so, whilst I'm not offering any specific extra reward, we will surely get to know each other well.


I'll be in touch very shortly if you become a patron at this level.

Goals
100% complete
Well damn. For $1000? I'd be able to do so much more outside of the YouTube space. I'd love to travel, do talks, have debates, perhaps even write a book!
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Information: what Patreon is, how to use it, and why I use it:

Please note: all rewards must now be requested by a Patreon message (you have instant access to messaging me upon becoming a patron). It's very difficult to ensure that I haven't missed anything or anybody in regards to rewards, and some people have said they do not want me to send anything. For this reason, you should send a message to confirm that you would like to receive the reward stipulated in your pledge tier. (This doesn't include the book draw, which is still done automatically.)

What is this?
If you're here, then thank you. To even consider supporting my YouTube channel on Patreon is an immense compliment, and an immense help. Patreon is a crowdfunding service that allows you to pledge any level of monetary support to my channel, such as $1 every time I upload a video. You can also set limits, for instance by pledging $1 per upload, for a maximum of 2 videos per month. If you'd prefer to make a one-off donation, that can be done here: http://www.paypal.me/cosmicskeptic.

Producing videos and giving talks is now my sole means of income, largely thanks to Patreon. If you support the channel, you help me to continue producing content to a greater quality, and to avoid using sponsorships within my videos. It also allows you to access so-called 'rewards', which I have attributed to different levels of support. These include handwritten notes of thanks, video calls, and voice notes, and are available by a simple message request after becoming a patron. I've very much enjoyed meeting many of you via Skype and through the messaging function (the latter of which is available to patrons of all levels of support).

However, please note that if supporting my channel poses even a minimal financial strain upon you, even in the slightest capacity, my appeal for support is not directed at you. Please save your money, and perhaps support the channel through other (equally important) means, such as by sharing its videos and engaging with comments.

Why Patreon?
All of the online content which I make is (and always will be) free to consume, which has the natural benefit of keeping everything I do accessible, but is unfortunately rather unsustainable without some monetary support. Patreon offers an opportunity for kind individuals to provide such support to content-creators in a purely voluntary and extremely trustworthy fashion, and revenue from Patreon is far more organic and personal than traditional forms of revenue such as advertising and sponsorships. If you wish to help me improve both the quality and quantity of my content, you can become a patron and directly influence the evolution of its value.

Where Your Money Goes
Whilst the focus of my content is primarily on the discussive aspect, there are significant costs to consider with regards to production, such as camera equipment, lighting, and editing software (plus a computer to run it), as well as the ability to be in a position where I can more easily and freely obtain research materials and have more time in which to study them.

Since YouTube is now my job, your money acts as my wages, meaning I do not need another job, allowing me to put more time into content creation. You are therefore not just helping the channel to grow, but are helping me personally.

Of course, I am privileged to own any production equipment and to have any spare time at all, and I would continue to create videos even if I had the most unimpressive setup imaginable. It does not escape me that even the smallest of pledges is a gift of extreme significance. But having more time, resources and opportunities is allowing the channel to grow more than I ever could have imagined, and so if you want to be able to consider yourself a vital asset to any of its successes, Patreon offers an easy, safe and personal way to become one.

How It Works
If you’d like to become a patron, first and foremost, thank you! People like you are the reason I am able to continue doing what I love, and I am immensely appreciative of your support. In order to pledge, you will firstly need to create an account. If you haven’t done so already, you will prompted to do so during the following steps:

  1. Click ‘Become a patron’.
  2. Choose the amount you wish to pledge. (Pledges are on a ‘per video’ basis, so if you would like to set a limit to your monthly contributions, you can do at the confirmation stage.)
  3. At this point you will be prompted to sign up if you are not already logged in. You can do so via Facebook or by entering an email address.
  4. You will land on the confirmation page, where you can set monthly limits to your contribution and review your pledge. (If you wish to use PayPal instead of a credit card, this is also where you can connect your account.)
  5. Click ‘Confirm and Pledge’ - a box will appear on the screen where you can enter your card information (if you have not connected a PayPal account). Click ‘Pledge’ and you are now officially a patron of CosmicSkeptic!
  6. You now have immediate access to the messaging function, and so can message me here on Patreon. Once you have been a patron for one month, and your first payment has cleared, you are immediately entitled to the 'reward' of your pledge tier. Simply send me a message confirming that you'd like it in order to receive your reward (this does not apply to the book draw, for which you are automatically entered).
Notes:

  • If you pledge $5 or higher, (thank you!) you will be asked to provide a delivery address, this is purely for the purpose of mailing rewards (including the book draw) and will not be shared in any way or used for any other purpose.
  • If you have any problems or concerns, such as the message function not working or a need for clarity on how Patreon works, please send an email to [email protected].

Summary

I am of course greatly thankful for any donation you may be willing to make, no matter how small, but if you do not wish to or can't make a pledge, I hope that you enjoy my content regardless and that you instead help the growth of my content by joining the discussions over on the YouTube channel or blog. Thank you for reading and for considering becoming a patron.

-Alex

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or More
$1 or more per video
Hey thanks! You're officially a patron of CosmicSkeptic, and will receive an appreciative virtual hug. You'll also receive:

  • Access to my patron-only feed, and to the message function, allowing you to contact me through Patreon
  • Thoughts and prayers directed personally towards you every time I visit church. 
Pledge $5 or More
$5 or more per video
Well I'm flattered, thank you for your generosity! For pledging $5 you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Automatic entry into a monthly draw where a 'Patron of the Month' will be randomly chosen. Each month, I will send this individual a book from my personal collection in the mail, with a personal handwritten message of thanks. (Winners will be notified via Patreon; please reply within 5 days.)
Pledge $10 or More
$10 or more per video
I would like to personally thank you if you decide to pledge at this level. By pledging $10 you will receive:

  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • I'll send you a voice note with a personal thank you. (Please request via message, including if you want me to say anything in particular.)
Pledge $20 or More
$20 or more per video

It still amazes me that anyone would want to support my channel at all, let alone at this level! By pledging $20 you will receive:

  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • I'll record a personal video for you expressing my thanks to you. (Please request via message, including if you want me to say anything in particular.)
Pledge $30 or More
$30 or more per video
Woah. At this tier, I feel obliged to send you some physical snail mail as a small token of my appreciation. By pledging $30 you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed and message function
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • A personal video message (please request)
  • A handwritten letter of thanks posted to your provided delivery address. (Please request via message.)
Pledge $50 or More
$50 or more per video
I'm truly lost for words if you decide to pledge at this level. I'd love to get to know you personally. By pledging $50 you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • A personal video message (please request)
  • A handwritten letter of thanks in the mail (please request)
  • A one hour Skype call where we can talk about anything which takes our mutual interest. If you'd like to, you can record the conversation and use it as you please. (If you continually support the channel we may be able to Skype more regularly.) (Please request via message to arrange a time and date.)
Pledge $100 or More
$100 or more per video
Well damn, you might as well call yourself an executive producer! By pledging $100 or more you will receive:
  • Access to the patron-only feed
  • Entry into the monthly book draw
  • A personal video message (please request)
  • A handwritten letter of thanks in the mail (please request)
  • I'll Skype you every two months (or more if both our schedules allow for it) and as before if you would like to film any of our conversations you are free to do so and use them as you wish! (Please request via message to organise a date and time.)
Pledge $250 or More
$250 or more per video
For this level of support, you will receive any and all of the previous rewards on your request. There is no specific extra reward at this level, but naturally you will stand out among all of my patrons and I'm sure that we will develop a personal relationship, as I have done with many top-tier patrons.
Pledge $500 or more
$500 or more per video
You will receive any and all of the previous rewards on your request, and will also exhaust my gratitude. I can't imagine that this tier will be approached by anyone, but if you decide to do so, whilst I'm not offering any specific extra reward, we will surely get to know each other well.


I'll be in touch very shortly if you become a patron at this level.