A Thousand Things to Talk About is creating a love of questions.
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I'm curious what you think?
Thank you so much for coming to take a look. 

What this project is:
Since 2013, I've been asking a question every single weekday, just to spark conversation. In January of 2016, the project expanded to include a 5-days a week podcast exploring these questions in just a little bit more detail. Every episode is only a few minutes long (most clock in at around 2-3 minutes) but packs in a LOT of research. 

Since I first started asking a question a day in 2013, I've built a database of well over 1,500 unique questions, had over 10,000 answers written out by friends on social media, sparked at least three cross-country friendships between people sharing their experiences in the comments, and given a TEDx talk about how much I truly LOVE everything about questions. I truly believe that asking questions is one of the most respectful acts you can engage in.

The podcast got started as a way to do something more with these inquiries -- to research how and why so many people come up with such different answers, and what might be behind them. It doesn't fit neatly into any one genre or category, because, well, the topic changes every single day. That's both what I love about it, and what makes it kind of difficult to describe sometimes. Sometimes they're silly, sometimes they're deadly serious, and sometimes they're completely out of left field. 

What we've done so far:
My partner (audio technomage Jeremiah) and I have created hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of episodes, and are on-track to hit 800 daily downloads in 2019. Each year, we try to take only a few breaks of a few weeks at a time. During those breaks, we release or re-release special "deep dive" episodes that take a much longer dive into the research of a specific question. 

We're currently averaging about 54,000 90-day downloads across the entire archive, with listeners around the world. There are currently more than 50 countries with listeners who have downloaded more than 100 episodes.

We attended PodCon 1 and 2, moved up from a pillow fort on the couch to a combined studio / guest room, and helped teach four Podcasting 101 classes at one of our local makerspaces. We've also found out, much to our surprise, that the podcast is being used as an ESL resource and classroom teaching aid. All of this has been while working full-time jobs (me at a normal office, and Jeremiah starting their own business) and doing three summers of mostly unplanned but necessary major home repairs.

What a production week looks like:
To maintain our admittedly intense release schedule, we batch production of our daily episodes into one-week (5 episode) blocks. The research and scripting for those episodes generally takes between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the intensity of the topics that are next up on the list.

Recording and editing generally takes about 3 hours.

Creating images, loading episodes and transcripts to post, and creating social media posts for each episode usually takes another 2-3 hours. 

In total, production of one week's worth of episodes takes between 9 and 14 hours. Deep dive episodes often take another 20+ hours of production work. 

What becoming a patron means: 
You'll be helping support a project that has become much more than just a hobby. You'll get access to our patron-only blog, where we'll share odd little bits of research that didn't make it in to the podcast. You'll get to help suggest other podcasts that we should be recommending to listeners for weekend listens, recording bloopers (seriously, so many bloopers), and more. 

You'll also be helping us take on even more. Here's a few of the additional projects we're hoping to get off the ground thanks to Patreon:
  • More and better transcripts for accessibility: Right now, we've got transcripts or episode scripts posted for about 2/3 of our episodes. With Patreon support, we hope to fill the gap of episodes with nothing, and convert the episode scripts to more accurate transcripts. 
  • More deep dives: Deep dive episodes are incredibly fun, and incredibly time-consuming. Patrons will get a say in which topics we take a look at, too! 
  • More events! We've attended two conferences and are hoping to attend more. We'll do more than just attend, though -- we're also hoping to create opportunities for truly awesome conversations at these events. 
Becoming a patron also means helping with research fuel (aka: coffee) and technomage / editor payment (aka: really good dark beer). Because seriously, podcasting runs on nothing if not the wonderful bitter elixirs of life. 

With your help, we'll all be able to dive in together into the wonderful, complex, beautiful world of being just a little bit more curious. 

~Andrea
Tiers
Query
$2 or more per month 1 patron

 What you'll get:

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
Inquiry
$5 or more per month 1 patron

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
Research
$10 or more per month 0 patrons

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
  • Access to the list of questions that will be covered in upcoming episodes, posted every Saturday morning.
  • Early access to blooper reels and deep dive episodes.
Investigation
$22 or more per month 0 patrons

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
  • Access to the list of questions that will be covered in upcoming episodes, posted every Saturday morning.
  • Early access to blooper reels and deep dive episodes.
  • Submit a topic for an exclusive Patreon-exclusive episode once a year.
Interrogative
$33 or more per month 0 patrons

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
  • Access to the list of questions that will be covered in upcoming episodes, posted every Saturday morning.
  • Early access to blooper reels and deep dive episodes.
  • Submit a topic for an exclusive Patreon-exclusive episode twice a year.
  • Thank-you packages! We’ll send real, physical mail to you at least twice per year with thank you gifts. 
  • A shout-out in every Friday episode. 
Goals
2 of 10 patrons
More research fuel! 
At 10 patrons, you all will be helping to cover the coffee necessary to keep the research going. We'll post a bit of extra research on coffee while we're at it.
1 of 4
I'm curious what you think?
Thank you so much for coming to take a look. 

What this project is:
Since 2013, I've been asking a question every single weekday, just to spark conversation. In January of 2016, the project expanded to include a 5-days a week podcast exploring these questions in just a little bit more detail. Every episode is only a few minutes long (most clock in at around 2-3 minutes) but packs in a LOT of research. 

Since I first started asking a question a day in 2013, I've built a database of well over 1,500 unique questions, had over 10,000 answers written out by friends on social media, sparked at least three cross-country friendships between people sharing their experiences in the comments, and given a TEDx talk about how much I truly LOVE everything about questions. I truly believe that asking questions is one of the most respectful acts you can engage in.

The podcast got started as a way to do something more with these inquiries -- to research how and why so many people come up with such different answers, and what might be behind them. It doesn't fit neatly into any one genre or category, because, well, the topic changes every single day. That's both what I love about it, and what makes it kind of difficult to describe sometimes. Sometimes they're silly, sometimes they're deadly serious, and sometimes they're completely out of left field. 

What we've done so far:
My partner (audio technomage Jeremiah) and I have created hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of episodes, and are on-track to hit 800 daily downloads in 2019. Each year, we try to take only a few breaks of a few weeks at a time. During those breaks, we release or re-release special "deep dive" episodes that take a much longer dive into the research of a specific question. 

We're currently averaging about 54,000 90-day downloads across the entire archive, with listeners around the world. There are currently more than 50 countries with listeners who have downloaded more than 100 episodes.

We attended PodCon 1 and 2, moved up from a pillow fort on the couch to a combined studio / guest room, and helped teach four Podcasting 101 classes at one of our local makerspaces. We've also found out, much to our surprise, that the podcast is being used as an ESL resource and classroom teaching aid. All of this has been while working full-time jobs (me at a normal office, and Jeremiah starting their own business) and doing three summers of mostly unplanned but necessary major home repairs.

What a production week looks like:
To maintain our admittedly intense release schedule, we batch production of our daily episodes into one-week (5 episode) blocks. The research and scripting for those episodes generally takes between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the intensity of the topics that are next up on the list.

Recording and editing generally takes about 3 hours.

Creating images, loading episodes and transcripts to post, and creating social media posts for each episode usually takes another 2-3 hours. 

In total, production of one week's worth of episodes takes between 9 and 14 hours. Deep dive episodes often take another 20+ hours of production work. 

What becoming a patron means: 
You'll be helping support a project that has become much more than just a hobby. You'll get access to our patron-only blog, where we'll share odd little bits of research that didn't make it in to the podcast. You'll get to help suggest other podcasts that we should be recommending to listeners for weekend listens, recording bloopers (seriously, so many bloopers), and more. 

You'll also be helping us take on even more. Here's a few of the additional projects we're hoping to get off the ground thanks to Patreon:
  • More and better transcripts for accessibility: Right now, we've got transcripts or episode scripts posted for about 2/3 of our episodes. With Patreon support, we hope to fill the gap of episodes with nothing, and convert the episode scripts to more accurate transcripts. 
  • More deep dives: Deep dive episodes are incredibly fun, and incredibly time-consuming. Patrons will get a say in which topics we take a look at, too! 
  • More events! We've attended two conferences and are hoping to attend more. We'll do more than just attend, though -- we're also hoping to create opportunities for truly awesome conversations at these events. 
Becoming a patron also means helping with research fuel (aka: coffee) and technomage / editor payment (aka: really good dark beer). Because seriously, podcasting runs on nothing if not the wonderful bitter elixirs of life. 

With your help, we'll all be able to dive in together into the wonderful, complex, beautiful world of being just a little bit more curious. 

~Andrea

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Tiers
Query
$2 or more per month 1 patron

 What you'll get:

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
Inquiry
$5 or more per month 1 patron

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
Research
$10 or more per month 0 patrons

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
  • Access to the list of questions that will be covered in upcoming episodes, posted every Saturday morning.
  • Early access to blooper reels and deep dive episodes.
Investigation
$22 or more per month 0 patrons

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
  • Access to the list of questions that will be covered in upcoming episodes, posted every Saturday morning.
  • Early access to blooper reels and deep dive episodes.
  • Submit a topic for an exclusive Patreon-exclusive episode once a year.
Interrogative
$33 or more per month 0 patrons

 

  • Access to patron-only blog with extra research and production notes.
  • Credit as a supporter on the website.
  • Stickers! We’ll send you stickers every time we get a new design (at least once a year). 
  • Access to the list of questions that will be covered in upcoming episodes, posted every Saturday morning.
  • Early access to blooper reels and deep dive episodes.
  • Submit a topic for an exclusive Patreon-exclusive episode twice a year.
  • Thank-you packages! We’ll send real, physical mail to you at least twice per year with thank you gifts. 
  • A shout-out in every Friday episode.