Idle Thumbs is creating podcasts and video
472

patrons

$2,571
per month
After more than eight years of creating our podcast Idle Thumbs, we've gone out on a limb and started all over with a brand new podcast: Important If True. It'll allow us to explore a wider range of material, centered around taking your questions about the most fascinating, inane, and inexplicable happenings you can find in culture and technology, then drawing them out to their most extended—and almost definitely inaccurate—conclusions.



On top of that, we've been trying to step it up with technical ambitions for shows like Important If True, Idle Thumbs, The Idle Book Club, and Twin Peaks Rewatch (check out Season 3 running now!). We've been doing video podcasts alongside the audio versions of Important If True, Idle Thumbs, and Twin Peaks Rewatch, and we're trying to improve. Plus, we'd like to continue to earmark some time for new episodes of Idle Thumbs alongside Important If True.

We're really excited! But it takes a lot of time, as well as real money, to take this on. We pay rent on our recording studio every month, and we outfit it with equipment that lets us do podcasts, videos, and livestreams at a quality level we're happy with. And we want to make it all even better.

Our hope is that the loyal fans who are sticking with us as we try and build Important If True will help pitch in. A while back, we created the Idle Thumbs Network with the help of a one-off Kickstarter campaign, and it meant the world to us. Now that we've been running the network for a few years, we think a Patreon the perfect way to keep things running in a sustainable way.

In return, for those pledging $5 a month or more, you'll get access to ad-free episodes of Important If True on your own private RSS feed that can be used with any podcast app of your choice. You'll also get a monthly 10% discount on any order at the Idle Thumbs Store.

For those pledging $9 a month or more, in addition to the ad-free feed, you'll get a physical postcard mailed to you each month, each one of a new design, containing a chapter in an ongoing branching story written by Nick Breckon! Plus, we'll bump your monthly store discount up to 15%.

If you're generous enough to pledge $15 a month, we'll write something dumb on your postcard! We'll also bump your monthly store discount up to a luxurious 16%. And once 10 patrons pledge at this level, we'll do a monthly "Ruination Stream" in which we talk about whatever $15 patrons desire. The stream is public, but the topic-setting is patron-only. A note: we will do our best to talk about whatever you pitch us, but reserve the right to refuse a topic we find genuinely objectionable. We also reserve the right to use your topic on one of our main podcasts if we think it'd be great there!

Finally, for a $26 pledge, you can catch up on all the postcards to date, if you missed out on earlier months. Because the postcards tell a branching story, we'll make sure that the postcards you're sent are all from the same branch of the story, so as you continue getting new ones in the future, they'll all connect in an unbroken chain.

And, of course, no matter how much you pledge, you will have our undying gratitude for helping sustain a project we love.


Want another way to support Idle Thumbs? Buy a shoutout on one of our shows! It's a fun way to be part of our podcasts, it's easier and cheaper than traditional podcast advertising, and it helps us out.
Tiers
Helpin' Out!
$1 or more per month 137 patrons
You're helping! You're a helper!
Ad-Free Podcast Feed, Store Discount
$5 or more per month 191 patrons
  • Access a private ad-free Important If True RSS feed for subscribers only. It's for you, not them!
  • Every month, take 10% off an order at the Idle Thumbs Store!
  • Plus: our undying gratitude.


Includes
  • Ad-Free Important If True
  • Store Discount: 10%
Monthly Postcard
$9 or more per month 84 patrons
  • Each month, we'll send you a real physical postcard. A new design every month!
  • Enhanced monthly store discount of 15%.
  • Plus: the ad-free Important If True podcast feed, and our undying gratitude.


Includes
  • Ad-Free Important If True
  • Monthly Postcard
  • Store Discount: 15%
Ruin A Stream
$15 or more per month 56 patrons
  • We'll do a monthly "Ruination Stream," a video where we'll talk about any topic of your choice. Though we'll share the results with everybody, the topics we discuss are all you.
  • Your monthly postcard will be signed, and we'll write something really dumb on it. (We have determined that due to time and space concerns, the "something really dumb" will probably be our signatures.)
  • Way better monthly store discount of 16%. That's one more percent off!
  • Plus: the ad-free Important If True podcast feed, and an extra helping of undying gratitude.


Includes
  • Ad-Free Important If True
  • Ruination Stream Asking Privileges
  • Signed Postcard
  • Store Discount: 16%
Postcard Catchup (Outdated)
$24 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
This tier is outdated—if you want a catchup set, see the tier below. Thanks! (If you're already a patron of this tier, your pledge will of course be honored.)
Postcard Catchup (Outdated)
$26 or more per month 4 patrons (sold out!)
This tier is outdated—if you want a catchup set, see the tier below. Thanks! (If you're already a patron of this tier, your pledge will of course be honored.) 
Postcard Catchup (Outdated)
$28 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
This tier is outdated—if you want a catchup set, see the tier below. Thanks! (If you're already a patron of this tier, your pledge will of course be honored.)  
Postcard Catchup
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
Includes all lower-tier rewards, AND we'll catch you up on the postcards by sending you a postcard for each previous month, comprising an unbroken postcard story. Plus, we'll sign the postcards.


(This tier has been slightly increased in price to reflect the fact that it now includes more postcards to print and postage to buy than when it was first added.)

Goals
$2,571 of $20,000 per month

We'll steal the money, and we won't give it back.
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After more than eight years of creating our podcast Idle Thumbs, we've gone out on a limb and started all over with a brand new podcast: Important If True. It'll allow us to explore a wider range of material, centered around taking your questions about the most fascinating, inane, and inexplicable happenings you can find in culture and technology, then drawing them out to their most extended—and almost definitely inaccurate—conclusions.



On top of that, we've been trying to step it up with technical ambitions for shows like Important If True, Idle Thumbs, The Idle Book Club, and Twin Peaks Rewatch (check out Season 3 running now!). We've been doing video podcasts alongside the audio versions of Important If True, Idle Thumbs, and Twin Peaks Rewatch, and we're trying to improve. Plus, we'd like to continue to earmark some time for new episodes of Idle Thumbs alongside Important If True.

We're really excited! But it takes a lot of time, as well as real money, to take this on. We pay rent on our recording studio every month, and we outfit it with equipment that lets us do podcasts, videos, and livestreams at a quality level we're happy with. And we want to make it all even better.

Our hope is that the loyal fans who are sticking with us as we try and build Important If True will help pitch in. A while back, we created the Idle Thumbs Network with the help of a one-off Kickstarter campaign, and it meant the world to us. Now that we've been running the network for a few years, we think a Patreon the perfect way to keep things running in a sustainable way.

In return, for those pledging $5 a month or more, you'll get access to ad-free episodes of Important If True on your own private RSS feed that can be used with any podcast app of your choice. You'll also get a monthly 10% discount on any order at the Idle Thumbs Store.

For those pledging $9 a month or more, in addition to the ad-free feed, you'll get a physical postcard mailed to you each month, each one of a new design, containing a chapter in an ongoing branching story written by Nick Breckon! Plus, we'll bump your monthly store discount up to 15%.

If you're generous enough to pledge $15 a month, we'll write something dumb on your postcard! We'll also bump your monthly store discount up to a luxurious 16%. And once 10 patrons pledge at this level, we'll do a monthly "Ruination Stream" in which we talk about whatever $15 patrons desire. The stream is public, but the topic-setting is patron-only. A note: we will do our best to talk about whatever you pitch us, but reserve the right to refuse a topic we find genuinely objectionable. We also reserve the right to use your topic on one of our main podcasts if we think it'd be great there!

Finally, for a $26 pledge, you can catch up on all the postcards to date, if you missed out on earlier months. Because the postcards tell a branching story, we'll make sure that the postcards you're sent are all from the same branch of the story, so as you continue getting new ones in the future, they'll all connect in an unbroken chain.

And, of course, no matter how much you pledge, you will have our undying gratitude for helping sustain a project we love.


Want another way to support Idle Thumbs? Buy a shoutout on one of our shows! It's a fun way to be part of our podcasts, it's easier and cheaper than traditional podcast advertising, and it helps us out.

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Tiers
Helpin' Out!
$1 or more per month 137 patrons
You're helping! You're a helper!
Ad-Free Podcast Feed, Store Discount
$5 or more per month 191 patrons
  • Access a private ad-free Important If True RSS feed for subscribers only. It's for you, not them!
  • Every month, take 10% off an order at the Idle Thumbs Store!
  • Plus: our undying gratitude.


Includes
  • Ad-Free Important If True
  • Store Discount: 10%
Monthly Postcard
$9 or more per month 84 patrons
  • Each month, we'll send you a real physical postcard. A new design every month!
  • Enhanced monthly store discount of 15%.
  • Plus: the ad-free Important If True podcast feed, and our undying gratitude.


Includes
  • Ad-Free Important If True
  • Monthly Postcard
  • Store Discount: 15%
Ruin A Stream
$15 or more per month 56 patrons
  • We'll do a monthly "Ruination Stream," a video where we'll talk about any topic of your choice. Though we'll share the results with everybody, the topics we discuss are all you.
  • Your monthly postcard will be signed, and we'll write something really dumb on it. (We have determined that due to time and space concerns, the "something really dumb" will probably be our signatures.)
  • Way better monthly store discount of 16%. That's one more percent off!
  • Plus: the ad-free Important If True podcast feed, and an extra helping of undying gratitude.


Includes
  • Ad-Free Important If True
  • Ruination Stream Asking Privileges
  • Signed Postcard
  • Store Discount: 16%
Postcard Catchup (Outdated)
$24 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
This tier is outdated—if you want a catchup set, see the tier below. Thanks! (If you're already a patron of this tier, your pledge will of course be honored.)
Postcard Catchup (Outdated)
$26 or more per month 4 patrons (sold out!)
This tier is outdated—if you want a catchup set, see the tier below. Thanks! (If you're already a patron of this tier, your pledge will of course be honored.) 
Postcard Catchup (Outdated)
$28 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
This tier is outdated—if you want a catchup set, see the tier below. Thanks! (If you're already a patron of this tier, your pledge will of course be honored.)  
Postcard Catchup
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
Includes all lower-tier rewards, AND we'll catch you up on the postcards by sending you a postcard for each previous month, comprising an unbroken postcard story. Plus, we'll sign the postcards.


(This tier has been slightly increased in price to reflect the fact that it now includes more postcards to print and postage to buy than when it was first added.)