My Situation: My name is Andrew Perlot, and I started reaching out through the internet in 2008 to help save people the agony I went through when I was suffering from colitis. I ditched that intestinal disease, even though my doctor told me I'd be saddled with it for life. I did it by switching to a diet of fruits and veggies (Doctor told me colitis has nothing to do with diet). I also lost 62 pounds, got myself from sick to healthy, and became an enthusiastic athlete.
Since then I've been focusing on sharing the science behind health, fitness, weight loss, and emotional/mental well being with the world, and I've been pretty successful at it.
My Work: Several million people have read my articles, listened to my podcasts, and watched my videos over the years.
My efforts have been centered around the idea that a segment of the population actually wants to understand what underlies their health troubles, as well as their failures to achieve fitness, weight loss, and happiness goals.
I think many people are tired of unsupported internet claims, clickbait-y articles, and attempts to convince them they can be saved from their troubles by the newest supplement or fad diet. I think people still have the attention spans for in-depth articles and other content that goes into the science instead of making stuff up.
Paying The Bills And Bettering The World: Ideally, I want to give most of my content away for free, and I've done a lot of that. Most of what I've created over the years has been given away without asking anything in return.
However, I'm always having to balance the desire to give life-changing info to people, regardless of their ability to pay, with the fact that I need to pay my own bills. To do this I've run ads on my old website and sold books. This has downsides, however. Sometimes the ads are trashy or directly in opposition to the facts I'm providing in my articles.
Some of my popular-and-free endeavors - like my podcast - failed to attract a sponsor that I viewed as compatible with my values. Despite having a very successful show, I had to cancel it because it wasn't coming close to covering its costs.
So making sure I can pay my bills has reduced my offerings and made my old website cheesy with ads.
Why You Should Contribute To My Efforts:
I'd like to be doing more to improve your life and the world at large, and to do that I need to be able to not care about whether or not an endeavor will make money if I think it's a worthwhile cause.
I've started a new website, RenaissanceHumans.com, and I want to make it self sustaining so I can improve and expand what I do.
To start, I want to never put ads on it. Ads are frankly annoying and hurt the user experience, but they do make money.
The alternative is for all of my many readers, watchers , and listeners to step up and contribute a tiny amount toward making my efforts sustainable.
How This Works: Patreon allows readers to donate whatever they want per month. Donations recur each month. Anything from $1/month on up is hugely helpful.
What I'll Use the Money For:
My initial goal is to raise $500/month, with the eventual goal of hitting $3,000 per month. This money will go to cover:
- A New Renaissance Humans Podcast: So many of you have asked me to bring back the podcasts because you loved my interviews and science-focused discussion topics. I'm going to do it when we have enough cash flow to cover my time investment in the podcasts, which is in the $500/month level. However, to wet your appetite and pay back early contributors, I will produce three podcasts when I get my first $100/month, another two when we hit $200, two more when we hit $300, and a final two when we hit $400.
- Hosting: It costs money to host my websites, and the greater the traffic, the more expensive it gets.
- Aweber: The service we use to email new articles and videos to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows.
- Ongoing Web Development: I need outside help to improve usability and aesthetics at Renaissancehumans.com. I want to make it more user friendly, fix glitches, and add new features.
- Graphic designers: Who doesn't like pretty things?
- Buy Science Articles: You guys tell me you love how science-focused my articles are. Well, peer-reviewed medical journal subscriptions and individual article downloads cost a lot of money.
- Copy Editing: It's nice to have a second set of eyes to look my writing over and check for errors.
- Facebook Post "Boosts": This is a for-pay feature facebook sells which allows news of my new posts to reach 1/3 to 1/2 of my facebook followers' news feeds.
- Equipment: I periodically need to buy computer accessories and video/audio equipment for videos, web stuff, and hopefully soon, podcasting.
- Me: I like to eat tasty fruit, pay the rent, and travel :)