J.W. Ocker is creating OTIS: Odd Things I've Seen
72

patrons

$525
per month
For nine years, I've been traveling the country and world in my spare time—around my day job, my family time, my book-writing hobby—searching out oddities of nature, history, art, and culture—burning ghost towns, macabre funerary art, movie filming sites, abandoned asylums, UFO hot spots—and documenting my experiences on my website OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen.

And I've been sharing that work of weird wonder with you along the way. And, here, on the edge of the 10th anniversary of OTIS, I've come up with a way you can support the site and get exclusive OTIS perks. Think about it as a tip jar...with benefits.

I'd like to invite you to join the OTIS Club.

By becoming a member of the OTIS Club, you’ll support the posts on OTIS. But you don’t have to for that reason. That content past, present, and future, is free. I average 1.5 articles a week there and have an archive of about a thousand posts. That stays the same, and I value your readership there. The OTIS Club adds an inner circle of OTIS readers who want to go deeper, and an outlet to diversify how I write about my life of oddity and interact with other oddity lovers.

By joining the OTIS Club and sponsoring me with a small amount of money per month, you'll receive some cool membership perks in addition to all that free OTIS content:

OTIS Club Membership Card

Definitive proof you’re in the club. Every membership level gets a unique card, autographed on the back, while Odyssey level members get the whole set. 

OTIS Club Newsletter Thing


This, this, this is what I’m most excited about. A weekly four-page, high-quality newsletter featuring exclusive content of the sort that doesn’t fit my website format. I’ll give you a look behind the scenes of OTIS, personal thoughts on where I’ve been recently and where I’m planning to go, new obsessions. Every week you’ll read Oddity News, those curated news stories about oddities that I used to post on OTIS and the OTIS Facebook Page. Now, the OTIS Club Newsletter Thing is the only place I’ll do that. I'll show you strange stuff from my study, tell you travel anecdotes, offer oddity hunting tips, do some Q&As, and feature unpublished oddity photos from my personal archive of tens of thousands of photos—all exclusive content, every week for those at the Road Trip level and above (or two out of every four issues for the Day Trip level and one out of every four for the Quick Jaunt level). 

OTIS Map of Oddities


This is an interactive map personally created and curated by me, so that means lots of memento mori, literary and pop culture sites, art installation, rarities of nature and history, and less categorizable oddity. Each marker on the map includes addresses/GPS coordinates, descriptions, and a link to more information (if I’ve visited it, the link goes to my firsthand experiences). Right now, the map features over 3,000 sites, only 50% of which I've visited. I’ll be regularly updating this map with stuff that I’ve seen and stuff that I want to see since I use this map as a resource for my own travels, and I’ll keep you up-to-date on new additions with the OTIS Club Newsletter Thing. This map used to be free on OTIS, but now only those in the OTIS Club at the Road Trip level or above have access to it.

Free Return Postage on Book Autographs
What a signed edition of one of my books? Anybody can send it with return postage to PO Box 97, Dunstable, MA, 01827, and then message me through Patreon or email me ([email protected]) to let me know it's coming (as I don't regularly check the box) and to whom I should inscribe it. Those at the Road Trip, Globe Trek, and Odyssey membership levels can skip the return postage (Road Trip level members are limited to one free mailing per year).

Be on OTIS

I’m going to make a dedicated page for everyone at the Globe Trek and Odyssey levels that will be accessible from the front page. Your name will go there, your website address or social media handle, and a photo of yourself at an oddity if you send one to me.

Private OTIS Club Instagram Feed

At the Globe Trek and Odyssey levels, you can follow my travel and personal exploits in real-time every day on what will become my primary (and members-only) feed.

My Personal Itineraries

I take frequent multi-site road trips. And they take a lot of planning. When I go on one, I'll send you my itinerary, complete with addresses, a map, and information about the sites...the exact same resource I use to take the trip. You'll find these itineraries either informationally interesting or you can jump in the car and follow them yourself without having to do any planning.

Google Hangouts
Every so often, you'll be invited to a Google Hangout video chat direct from OTIS HQ (my study), where we can discuss anything and everything and certainly uncomfortable things. 

Free Books

My book A Season With the Witch, debuts, which chronicles the strange, strange history of the city of Salem, Massachusetts, and my time living there for the entire month of October. Once you've been an Odyssey Level member for four months, I'll send you a free copy. Once you've been one for eight months, you'll get a copy of my latest book and first ever fiction, "Death and Douglas."

So please become a member of the OTIS Club. If enough people join, I can expand the perks at every level of membership, bring you even more oddity in more direct ways, and we can do some really cool things together.

Tiers
Quick Jaunt
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Quick Jaunt level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • One OTIS Club newsletter issue per month
Day Trip
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Day Trip level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Two OTIS Club newsletter issues per month
Road Trip
$5 or more per month 33 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Road Trip level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Weekly OTIS Club newsletter issues
  • Access to my interactive OTIS Map of Oddities
  • Free return postage when you send a book to be autographed (limited to one free mailing per year).
Globe Trek
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Globe Trek level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Weekly OTIS Club newsletter issues
  • Access to my interactive OTIS Map of Oddities
  • Free return postage when you send a book to be autographed
  • You'll be on the OTIS Club page of OddThingsIveSeen.com as one of my premier patrons
  • Access to the private OTIS Club Instagram feed, updated frequently
Odyssey
$20 or more per month 16 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • An Odyssey level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Weekly OTIS Club newsletter issues
  • Access to my personal interactive OTIS Map of Oddities
  • Free return postage when you send a book to be autographed
  • You'll be at the TOP of the OTIS Club page of OddThingsIveSeen.com as one of my premier patrons
  • Access to the private OTIS Club Instagram feed, updated frequently
  • The complete set of five membership card designs
  • Access to my private oddity itineraries
  • A one-on-one Google Hangout video chat, where we'll discuss oddities and other things (limit one per month)
  • Free, autographed copy of one of my books of your choice (need to be an Odyssey level member for four months)
  • Free, autographed copy of a second of my books of your choice (need to be an Odyssey level member for 8 months)
  • Spontaneous rewards throughout your membership
Goals
$525 of $800 per month
Goal #2: At this level, I can expand the content and get some OTIS merch made available for club members.
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For nine years, I've been traveling the country and world in my spare time—around my day job, my family time, my book-writing hobby—searching out oddities of nature, history, art, and culture—burning ghost towns, macabre funerary art, movie filming sites, abandoned asylums, UFO hot spots—and documenting my experiences on my website OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen.

And I've been sharing that work of weird wonder with you along the way. And, here, on the edge of the 10th anniversary of OTIS, I've come up with a way you can support the site and get exclusive OTIS perks. Think about it as a tip jar...with benefits.

I'd like to invite you to join the OTIS Club.

By becoming a member of the OTIS Club, you’ll support the posts on OTIS. But you don’t have to for that reason. That content past, present, and future, is free. I average 1.5 articles a week there and have an archive of about a thousand posts. That stays the same, and I value your readership there. The OTIS Club adds an inner circle of OTIS readers who want to go deeper, and an outlet to diversify how I write about my life of oddity and interact with other oddity lovers.

By joining the OTIS Club and sponsoring me with a small amount of money per month, you'll receive some cool membership perks in addition to all that free OTIS content:

OTIS Club Membership Card

Definitive proof you’re in the club. Every membership level gets a unique card, autographed on the back, while Odyssey level members get the whole set. 

OTIS Club Newsletter Thing


This, this, this is what I’m most excited about. A weekly four-page, high-quality newsletter featuring exclusive content of the sort that doesn’t fit my website format. I’ll give you a look behind the scenes of OTIS, personal thoughts on where I’ve been recently and where I’m planning to go, new obsessions. Every week you’ll read Oddity News, those curated news stories about oddities that I used to post on OTIS and the OTIS Facebook Page. Now, the OTIS Club Newsletter Thing is the only place I’ll do that. I'll show you strange stuff from my study, tell you travel anecdotes, offer oddity hunting tips, do some Q&As, and feature unpublished oddity photos from my personal archive of tens of thousands of photos—all exclusive content, every week for those at the Road Trip level and above (or two out of every four issues for the Day Trip level and one out of every four for the Quick Jaunt level). 

OTIS Map of Oddities


This is an interactive map personally created and curated by me, so that means lots of memento mori, literary and pop culture sites, art installation, rarities of nature and history, and less categorizable oddity. Each marker on the map includes addresses/GPS coordinates, descriptions, and a link to more information (if I’ve visited it, the link goes to my firsthand experiences). Right now, the map features over 3,000 sites, only 50% of which I've visited. I’ll be regularly updating this map with stuff that I’ve seen and stuff that I want to see since I use this map as a resource for my own travels, and I’ll keep you up-to-date on new additions with the OTIS Club Newsletter Thing. This map used to be free on OTIS, but now only those in the OTIS Club at the Road Trip level or above have access to it.

Free Return Postage on Book Autographs
What a signed edition of one of my books? Anybody can send it with return postage to PO Box 97, Dunstable, MA, 01827, and then message me through Patreon or email me ([email protected]) to let me know it's coming (as I don't regularly check the box) and to whom I should inscribe it. Those at the Road Trip, Globe Trek, and Odyssey membership levels can skip the return postage (Road Trip level members are limited to one free mailing per year).

Be on OTIS

I’m going to make a dedicated page for everyone at the Globe Trek and Odyssey levels that will be accessible from the front page. Your name will go there, your website address or social media handle, and a photo of yourself at an oddity if you send one to me.

Private OTIS Club Instagram Feed

At the Globe Trek and Odyssey levels, you can follow my travel and personal exploits in real-time every day on what will become my primary (and members-only) feed.

My Personal Itineraries

I take frequent multi-site road trips. And they take a lot of planning. When I go on one, I'll send you my itinerary, complete with addresses, a map, and information about the sites...the exact same resource I use to take the trip. You'll find these itineraries either informationally interesting or you can jump in the car and follow them yourself without having to do any planning.

Google Hangouts
Every so often, you'll be invited to a Google Hangout video chat direct from OTIS HQ (my study), where we can discuss anything and everything and certainly uncomfortable things. 

Free Books

My book A Season With the Witch, debuts, which chronicles the strange, strange history of the city of Salem, Massachusetts, and my time living there for the entire month of October. Once you've been an Odyssey Level member for four months, I'll send you a free copy. Once you've been one for eight months, you'll get a copy of my latest book and first ever fiction, "Death and Douglas."

So please become a member of the OTIS Club. If enough people join, I can expand the perks at every level of membership, bring you even more oddity in more direct ways, and we can do some really cool things together.

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Tiers
Quick Jaunt
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Quick Jaunt level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • One OTIS Club newsletter issue per month
Day Trip
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Day Trip level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Two OTIS Club newsletter issues per month
Road Trip
$5 or more per month 33 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Road Trip level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Weekly OTIS Club newsletter issues
  • Access to my interactive OTIS Map of Oddities
  • Free return postage when you send a book to be autographed (limited to one free mailing per year).
Globe Trek
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • A Globe Trek level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Weekly OTIS Club newsletter issues
  • Access to my interactive OTIS Map of Oddities
  • Free return postage when you send a book to be autographed
  • You'll be on the OTIS Club page of OddThingsIveSeen.com as one of my premier patrons
  • Access to the private OTIS Club Instagram feed, updated frequently
Odyssey
$20 or more per month 16 patrons
  • You're putting gas in my tank for OTIS posts, literally and metaphorically
  • Access to Patreon-only updates
  • An Odyssey level OTIS Club membership card (autographed)
  • Weekly OTIS Club newsletter issues
  • Access to my personal interactive OTIS Map of Oddities
  • Free return postage when you send a book to be autographed
  • You'll be at the TOP of the OTIS Club page of OddThingsIveSeen.com as one of my premier patrons
  • Access to the private OTIS Club Instagram feed, updated frequently
  • The complete set of five membership card designs
  • Access to my private oddity itineraries
  • A one-on-one Google Hangout video chat, where we'll discuss oddities and other things (limit one per month)
  • Free, autographed copy of one of my books of your choice (need to be an Odyssey level member for four months)
  • Free, autographed copy of a second of my books of your choice (need to be an Odyssey level member for 8 months)
  • Spontaneous rewards throughout your membership