Ben Thompson is creating Badass of the Week
15

patrons

$43
per month
Hey, my name is Ben Thompson, and I've been writing Badass of the Week since April of 2004.  I've written seven books and hundreds of website and magazine articles where I take insane, awesome, and incredible true stories from history and try to tell them in a fun, enjoyable way that hopefully won't bore the hell out of you.  Basically, it's the Cliff's Notes of history -- I read everything I can about a person or event and then condense it down to just the good parts (sex, drugs, murder, rock 'n roll, killing, destruction, etc.) and try to present it so it feels more like an action movie than a history text.  I think history is really cool, and that you can tell a really awesome true-life story without actually changing any of the real history behind it.

I started my website as a fun side hobby when I was bored at my regular day job, and I ran the website ad-free for about eight years.  Eventually my site got enough traffic that I had to suck it up and start running ads to try and cover my hosting expenses, and while this new age of ad-blocking software is great for filtering annoying bullcrap off obnoxious clickbait websites, it's making it tough for me to break even on the fees at the moment.  Honestly, I don't even care that much... I'll continue to do the site even if nobody ever goes to it, just because I love this stuff and I really enjoy doing this.  But, hey, if you want to chip in a couple bucks and help support the site I really appreciate it., and to say thanks for helping me do this I'm offering some rewards that I think are pretty cool.
Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
8 patrons
This is roughly what it costs me to buy a large coffee at the cafe downstairs, and by fueling me with caffeine you are directly and meaningfully contributing to the successful operation of Badass of the Week.  Two Dollar Donors will get access to my monthly Patreon newsletter, occasionally get to vote for who they want the next article to be written about, and will have early access to any videos and content that I miraculously happen to complete ahead of schedule.  I'm also way more likely to respond to your comments on here than on something like Facebook or Twitter or email, mostly because I tend to get buried in those responses pretty regularly.
Pledge $5 or more per month
8 patrons
Backers at this level will receive a personalized, signed document certifying them as a Badass.  I'll write in your name, sign it, and email it to you as a PDF so you can cherish it always.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
At this level you'll get all that other stuff, plus I'll mail you a deck of Badass playing cards.
Pledge $200 or more per month
0 patrons
You get all the other stuff, plus I'll write something for you.  It can be a personal badass article, an obituary, a resignation letter, a review of your band, or whatever, although I reserve the right to refuse certain topics... so like don't ask me to write a Badass of the Week about Hitler or something.  At this level you'll get one article in the 1000-2000 word range, and I'll only do it one time per backer because it takes me a long time to write this sort of thing.
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 7 patrons
As one of the Seven Spears of Badass, you'll get everything from the lower tiers, plus I'll hire a really awesome illustrator to draw a black-and-white picture to accompany your article.  I can't guarantee who the artist will be, since it's going to depend on their schedules, but it will almost certainly be someone who provided artwork for one of the BADASS books.
Goals
$43 of $500 per month
If we hit this goal, let's celebrate by drinking a beer together.  I'll set up a custom backer-only Google hangout where we can all drink a beverage of our choice and chill.  I'll answer questions, talk about history stuff, or just rap about whatever.
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Hey, my name is Ben Thompson, and I've been writing Badass of the Week since April of 2004.  I've written seven books and hundreds of website and magazine articles where I take insane, awesome, and incredible true stories from history and try to tell them in a fun, enjoyable way that hopefully won't bore the hell out of you.  Basically, it's the Cliff's Notes of history -- I read everything I can about a person or event and then condense it down to just the good parts (sex, drugs, murder, rock 'n roll, killing, destruction, etc.) and try to present it so it feels more like an action movie than a history text.  I think history is really cool, and that you can tell a really awesome true-life story without actually changing any of the real history behind it.

I started my website as a fun side hobby when I was bored at my regular day job, and I ran the website ad-free for about eight years.  Eventually my site got enough traffic that I had to suck it up and start running ads to try and cover my hosting expenses, and while this new age of ad-blocking software is great for filtering annoying bullcrap off obnoxious clickbait websites, it's making it tough for me to break even on the fees at the moment.  Honestly, I don't even care that much... I'll continue to do the site even if nobody ever goes to it, just because I love this stuff and I really enjoy doing this.  But, hey, if you want to chip in a couple bucks and help support the site I really appreciate it., and to say thanks for helping me do this I'm offering some rewards that I think are pretty cool.

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Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
8 patrons
This is roughly what it costs me to buy a large coffee at the cafe downstairs, and by fueling me with caffeine you are directly and meaningfully contributing to the successful operation of Badass of the Week.  Two Dollar Donors will get access to my monthly Patreon newsletter, occasionally get to vote for who they want the next article to be written about, and will have early access to any videos and content that I miraculously happen to complete ahead of schedule.  I'm also way more likely to respond to your comments on here than on something like Facebook or Twitter or email, mostly because I tend to get buried in those responses pretty regularly.
Pledge $5 or more per month
8 patrons
Backers at this level will receive a personalized, signed document certifying them as a Badass.  I'll write in your name, sign it, and email it to you as a PDF so you can cherish it always.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
At this level you'll get all that other stuff, plus I'll mail you a deck of Badass playing cards.
Pledge $200 or more per month
0 patrons
You get all the other stuff, plus I'll write something for you.  It can be a personal badass article, an obituary, a resignation letter, a review of your band, or whatever, although I reserve the right to refuse certain topics... so like don't ask me to write a Badass of the Week about Hitler or something.  At this level you'll get one article in the 1000-2000 word range, and I'll only do it one time per backer because it takes me a long time to write this sort of thing.
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 7 patrons
As one of the Seven Spears of Badass, you'll get everything from the lower tiers, plus I'll hire a really awesome illustrator to draw a black-and-white picture to accompany your article.  I can't guarantee who the artist will be, since it's going to depend on their schedules, but it will almost certainly be someone who provided artwork for one of the BADASS books.