Steve Sirk is creating stories about the Columbus Crew, plus assorted nonsense.
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patrons

I have spent the last 20 years writing primarily about sports, soccer in particular. I've written for team and league websites, Fox Sports Ohio, The Orange & Brown Report, Columbus Wired, and many others, as well as authored two books (and counting) on the Columbus Crew.

But I have other interests in life and in writing. I've been blessed with such a supportive community of readers over the years, so I want this place to be our playground. It will be a place for humor pieces, gushing about things I love, travel stories, silly rhymes, stabs at fiction, behind the scenes glimpses of works-in-progress, personal stories and archives, and whatever else my brain decides to pursue. And yes, there will be sports too.

Basically, this will be our place to have fun. A chance to get away from the constant breaking news and instant outrage bombarding us from our social media platforms. A chance to let loose and experiment and have a good time as a community.

Writing takes time, motivation, and work. Your patronage will afford me more time, goose the motivation, and reward the work. It may potentially also provide capital to fund future projects, educational opportunities, and, should the patronage reach an exorbitant level, a Mediterranean beach house. (Solely for writing purposes, of course.)

There will be a mixture of free and patron-only posts on here. Given the urgent nature of the situation, the work-in-progress posts on my new Columbus Crew book will be public posts. Those are for our community. A book will be the end result, but it's not the primary motivation for that endeavor.

I originally planned to launch a Patreon in January for non-Crew writing, but current events have caused me to launch much sooner than anticipated. I've made up some patronage levels on the fly, but I am open to all suggestions. Let me know what rewards might be important to you. I want this place to be fun and worthwhile for all of us.

Regardless of your level of patronage, or if you are even a patron at all, I appreciate you and thank you for every second you have ever devoted to reading my stuff over the years. Now let's have some fun!
Tiers
Tip Jar
$1 or more per month
I doff whatever ballcap I am wearing today to you for making a pledge based on past/present/future support of my writing endeavors. I am one happy busker and you have my gratitude. 
Beth
$1.01 or more per month (sold out!)
This girlfriend-level tier is just so you can read patron-only content, even though I could just email it to you for free, but you wanted to be a patron anyway, which is very sweet of you. I was going to cap this tier at three as a joke and/or to allow myself room for growth in the number of girlfriends I have, but you're awesome so it's just for you. Notice the discount I'm giving you. You're welcome. That's almost a Diet Coke!
Locksmith
$2 or more per month
You have picked the lock to patron-only content. I also doff whatever ballcap I am wearing today to you in gratitude.
Video!
$5 or more per month
In addition to patron-only content, you will get access to at least one personal behind the scenes video each month, whether it be something I'm working on, somewhere I'm at, or interviewing Beth so she can tell you what a dope I am in real life.
Haiku Matata (Digital)
$5.75 or more per month
In addition to patron-only content and video, I will send you a message with a bespoke haiku on a topic of your choosing each month. You must be signed up for this tier before the first of the month, topics must be submitted by the 10th of the month, and I will send the haiku by the end of the month. 
Haiku Matata (Physical)
$8 or more per month
In addition to patron-only content and video, I will mail you a handwritten bespoke haiku on a topic of your choosing each month. (U.S. only.)  You must be signed up for this tier before the first of the month, topics must be submitted by the 10th of the month, and I will mail the haiku by the end of the month.
TBD
$25 or more per month
Let's talk about it and figure it out together. This can apply to any amount. It doesn't have to be $25, which is just a place holder on this list until we talk it through. You can choose a different patronage level and then we can either create a new general tier or a personal one-person tier based on the dollar amount of the patronage and a tier reward that interests you.
Currency arsonist
$50 or more per month
You clearly like to set money on fire. You may send it to me for permanent safekeeping.
I have spent the last 20 years writing primarily about sports, soccer in particular. I've written for team and league websites, Fox Sports Ohio, The Orange & Brown Report, Columbus Wired, and many others, as well as authored two books (and counting) on the Columbus Crew.

But I have other interests in life and in writing. I've been blessed with such a supportive community of readers over the years, so I want this place to be our playground. It will be a place for humor pieces, gushing about things I love, travel stories, silly rhymes, stabs at fiction, behind the scenes glimpses of works-in-progress, personal stories and archives, and whatever else my brain decides to pursue. And yes, there will be sports too.

Basically, this will be our place to have fun. A chance to get away from the constant breaking news and instant outrage bombarding us from our social media platforms. A chance to let loose and experiment and have a good time as a community.

Writing takes time, motivation, and work. Your patronage will afford me more time, goose the motivation, and reward the work. It may potentially also provide capital to fund future projects, educational opportunities, and, should the patronage reach an exorbitant level, a Mediterranean beach house. (Solely for writing purposes, of course.)

There will be a mixture of free and patron-only posts on here. Given the urgent nature of the situation, the work-in-progress posts on my new Columbus Crew book will be public posts. Those are for our community. A book will be the end result, but it's not the primary motivation for that endeavor.

I originally planned to launch a Patreon in January for non-Crew writing, but current events have caused me to launch much sooner than anticipated. I've made up some patronage levels on the fly, but I am open to all suggestions. Let me know what rewards might be important to you. I want this place to be fun and worthwhile for all of us.

Regardless of your level of patronage, or if you are even a patron at all, I appreciate you and thank you for every second you have ever devoted to reading my stuff over the years. Now let's have some fun!

Recent posts by Steve Sirk

Tiers
Tip Jar
$1 or more per month
I doff whatever ballcap I am wearing today to you for making a pledge based on past/present/future support of my writing endeavors. I am one happy busker and you have my gratitude. 
Beth
$1.01 or more per month (sold out!)
This girlfriend-level tier is just so you can read patron-only content, even though I could just email it to you for free, but you wanted to be a patron anyway, which is very sweet of you. I was going to cap this tier at three as a joke and/or to allow myself room for growth in the number of girlfriends I have, but you're awesome so it's just for you. Notice the discount I'm giving you. You're welcome. That's almost a Diet Coke!
Locksmith
$2 or more per month
You have picked the lock to patron-only content. I also doff whatever ballcap I am wearing today to you in gratitude.
Video!
$5 or more per month
In addition to patron-only content, you will get access to at least one personal behind the scenes video each month, whether it be something I'm working on, somewhere I'm at, or interviewing Beth so she can tell you what a dope I am in real life.
Haiku Matata (Digital)
$5.75 or more per month
In addition to patron-only content and video, I will send you a message with a bespoke haiku on a topic of your choosing each month. You must be signed up for this tier before the first of the month, topics must be submitted by the 10th of the month, and I will send the haiku by the end of the month. 
Haiku Matata (Physical)
$8 or more per month
In addition to patron-only content and video, I will mail you a handwritten bespoke haiku on a topic of your choosing each month. (U.S. only.)  You must be signed up for this tier before the first of the month, topics must be submitted by the 10th of the month, and I will mail the haiku by the end of the month.
TBD
$25 or more per month
Let's talk about it and figure it out together. This can apply to any amount. It doesn't have to be $25, which is just a place holder on this list until we talk it through. You can choose a different patronage level and then we can either create a new general tier or a personal one-person tier based on the dollar amount of the patronage and a tier reward that interests you.
Currency arsonist
$50 or more per month
You clearly like to set money on fire. You may send it to me for permanent safekeeping.