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Hey guys! Askmiddlearth.tumblr.com is two years old and 12,000 followers strong, so I figure it's time to get serious about this. I've got some great plans for the blog's future:
  • expanding the research library! 
  • making more ebooks! 
  • starting a podcast!
Any support you can give will help make these goals a reality. What I'm already doing - daily blog posts, answering questions, etc, will remain completely free. This is just a way for anyone who's willing and able to help me make askmiddlearth even more awesome than it already is! 
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Pledge $1 or more per month
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You have my ear, noble patron! By pledging at least $1 a month you become one of my trusted advisors. This means you get access to me through a couple unique ways:
Future Project Polls. I'll have a monthly poll/survey on what my next project for the blog will be (this could be anything from topics for future ebooks, important decisions about the upcoming podcast, and more!) The only people who will have access to this poll will be my wonderful patrons! So if you have strong feelings about the blog's future and want to share them with me, this is perfect for you!
The Patron Activity Feed. Messages sent via Tumblr may get lost in the avalanche of research questions. But the only people who have access to the Patron Activity Feed are... well, patrons. Which gives you a much better chance of getting heard. I won't be answering research questions here, of course, but if you have a more general comment on the blog, or a technical question, or just want to say hi, this is a great option!
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
The $1 reward, plus:
Blog Promotions!
As mentioned, askmiddlearth.tumblr.com now has over 12,000 followers! Which is a pretty good sized audience, if I do say so myself :) So, if you pledge at least $3 a month, and have a blog of your own (preferably on Tumblr, but other platforms are fine as well), I'll promote them on askmiddlearth!
(Note: Until further notice, I'll only be promoting one blog a week, so this reward is kind of first-come-first serve. If I should happen to get more patrons than there are weeks in a month, then I'll start rolling over into future months. If you have questions about this, feel free to ask!)
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
The $1 and $3 rewards, plus:
Priority Answers!
I'm not going to lie - the askmiddlearth inbox is getting a little crowded. I do my best, and generally speaking becoming a patron will not affect whether I answer your questions, or how quickly I do so. With this single exception: If you pledge $5 a month, then you get one Priority Answer - that means that, if you ask me a question on askmiddlearth.tumblr.com, I promise to answer it within 72 hours. Trust me when I say that's pretty quick, lol.
(A couple important notes/restrictions: You must have a tumblr account to receive this reward.This reward is repeatable - that is, as long as you continue to pledge $5 a month, you'll get one Priority Answer per month.I cannot guarantee that your question will be answered publicly. If it's a repeat question, or just a very short one, I might answer you privately.)
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While there's always another book to add to the Tolkien scholar's library, my main goal is to own the complete Histories of Middle Earth set. There are 12 volumes, and I'm still saving up for volumes 6-9. These are the books that cover the history of Lord of the Rings (that is, the history of Tolkien writing the Lord of the Rings) and so would definitely come in handy when answering questions on that subject! Here's a break-down of my shopping list:
  • Vol. 6: The Return of the Shadow, $8.12 on Amazon
  • Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, $10.69 on Amazon
  • Vol. 8: The War of the Ring, $10.61 on Amazon
  • Vol. 9: Sauron's Defeat, $19.44 on Amazon
Once I've gotten my hands on the full Histories of Middle Earth, I'll probably cackle madly for a bit. Then I'll set my sights on even more amazing Middle Earth books. The madness never ends, believe me. The good news: every new book I buy expands my knowledge, which (by extension and via my blog posts) expands your knowledge.
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Hey guys! Askmiddlearth.tumblr.com is two years old and 12,000 followers strong, so I figure it's time to get serious about this. I've got some great plans for the blog's future:
  • expanding the research library! 
  • making more ebooks! 
  • starting a podcast!
Any support you can give will help make these goals a reality. What I'm already doing - daily blog posts, answering questions, etc, will remain completely free. This is just a way for anyone who's willing and able to help me make askmiddlearth even more awesome than it already is! 

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
You have my ear, noble patron! By pledging at least $1 a month you become one of my trusted advisors. This means you get access to me through a couple unique ways:
Future Project Polls. I'll have a monthly poll/survey on what my next project for the blog will be (this could be anything from topics for future ebooks, important decisions about the upcoming podcast, and more!) The only people who will have access to this poll will be my wonderful patrons! So if you have strong feelings about the blog's future and want to share them with me, this is perfect for you!
The Patron Activity Feed. Messages sent via Tumblr may get lost in the avalanche of research questions. But the only people who have access to the Patron Activity Feed are... well, patrons. Which gives you a much better chance of getting heard. I won't be answering research questions here, of course, but if you have a more general comment on the blog, or a technical question, or just want to say hi, this is a great option!
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
The $1 reward, plus:
Blog Promotions!
As mentioned, askmiddlearth.tumblr.com now has over 12,000 followers! Which is a pretty good sized audience, if I do say so myself :) So, if you pledge at least $3 a month, and have a blog of your own (preferably on Tumblr, but other platforms are fine as well), I'll promote them on askmiddlearth!
(Note: Until further notice, I'll only be promoting one blog a week, so this reward is kind of first-come-first serve. If I should happen to get more patrons than there are weeks in a month, then I'll start rolling over into future months. If you have questions about this, feel free to ask!)
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
The $1 and $3 rewards, plus:
Priority Answers!
I'm not going to lie - the askmiddlearth inbox is getting a little crowded. I do my best, and generally speaking becoming a patron will not affect whether I answer your questions, or how quickly I do so. With this single exception: If you pledge $5 a month, then you get one Priority Answer - that means that, if you ask me a question on askmiddlearth.tumblr.com, I promise to answer it within 72 hours. Trust me when I say that's pretty quick, lol.
(A couple important notes/restrictions: You must have a tumblr account to receive this reward.This reward is repeatable - that is, as long as you continue to pledge $5 a month, you'll get one Priority Answer per month.I cannot guarantee that your question will be answered publicly. If it's a repeat question, or just a very short one, I might answer you privately.)