Ben Johnson is creating Perpetual Chess Podcast
162

patrons

$661
per month
In December 2016, I launched the Perpetual Chess Podcast with three primary goals in mind:
1) I wanted chess fans like myself to have quality audio entertainment options when on the go.
2) I wanted to play a small part in bringing the chess world closer together by helping people get to know the stories behind prominent chess players and personalities.
3) I hoped to use the growing medium of podcasts to help attract new chess fans. 

Twenty months, and more than 300,000 downloaded episodes later,  I am happy with the growth and health of the podcast, but I know that it can be even better. 

As you can imagine, creating the Perpetual Chess Podcast costs both time and money, neither of which is in unlimited supply here. 
My costs include equipment, website hosting, podcast hosting and paying my esteemed producer/editor Matthew Passy. I will spend close to $2000 per year just to cover the costs of the podcasts.
And then there is the time. In addition to the 60-90 minutes or so a week I spend recording interviews  (easily my favorite part of podcasting) , I spend hours arranging guests,   promoting each episode on social media, youtube, mailchimp, plus updating the website.   I believe that a good podcast requires significant preparation, so I also spend significant time preparing for each interview. Add up all those hours and throw them in, and I hope you can see that this is beginning to shape up as a time-consuming hobby. I  spend about 5 hours a week per episode, and despite the generous support the chess community has shown, Perpetual Chess remains my my least paying, "job" that I do. 

Of course, I don't do the show for the money, but because I work and have young kids, it is only with financial support that I am able to continue to carve out as much time as I do for Perpetual Chess. With continued support, I can do things like provide show notes for each episode, travel to interview guests when necessary,  and work to improve the audio quality of the show. The more I get, the more I will gladly put back into the show. :) 

So that's my pitch. I want Perpetual Chess to keep going strong, and if those of you who can afford to donate to the show do so, I am very confident that we can continue to bring the chess community closer together through better chess podcasts. 





Tiers
Pawn
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Pawns are the soul of chess. :)  If you just want to support the podcast a bit, but aren't so interested in benefits, this is a nice way to do so. The "pawn tier pledge" receives:

 

  • My gratitude!
  • access to Patron only polls, (re guests, music, features, etc.) 

$1 a month doesn't sound like much, and won't yield you a ton of Perpetual Perks, but know that if every Perpetual Chess listener donated $1 month, Perpetual Chess would a thriving, healthy podcast, with sufficient funds for upgrading audio quality and occasionally travelling for interviews. :) 

Up the exchange!
$2 or more per month 66 patrons
(AKA the Perpetual Patron tier) 

As appreciation for an "Up the Exchange" tier pledge you receive: 

the same gratitude and poll access as the "pawn" tier receives, PLUS

  • Advance notice of guests and the opportunity to send in questions for guests. 


Bishop!
$3.50 or more per month 13 patrons
 

 As appreciation for the "Bishop" tier pledge you receive:  All of the benefits of the "Up the Exchange" tier, PLUS 

  • Access to the archive of Chess and Books with Fred Wilson, featuring old interviews with GMs Bisguier, Ashley,  Soltis, Kaidanov, IM Dvoretsky and many many more 


Rook
$5 or more per month 86 patrons
(AKA Perpetual Partners)

Rooks are huge contributors to the show's health, and they get the following perks: 

  

  • All of the benefits of the Bishop tier (including access to Fred Wilson's interview archive),  PLUS 
  • Named on closing credits of the podcast
  • Name/Business listed on https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/partners/
  • Patron only polls, (re guests, music, features, etc.)  
Queen and King
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Are you the most powerful or the most important? I don't know, but I appreciate you either way. 😀

At the "Queen and King" level tier, you get all of the prior benefits, plus you get moved to the top of the list in the closing credits, and more benefits may be forthcoming. (LMK if you have ideas)

Goals
162 of 175 patrons
The Side Hustle School Podcast defines a side hustle as "viable" when it brings in $500 per month. Sounds about right to me.  Let's make Perpetual viable! 

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In December 2016, I launched the Perpetual Chess Podcast with three primary goals in mind:
1) I wanted chess fans like myself to have quality audio entertainment options when on the go.
2) I wanted to play a small part in bringing the chess world closer together by helping people get to know the stories behind prominent chess players and personalities.
3) I hoped to use the growing medium of podcasts to help attract new chess fans. 

Twenty months, and more than 300,000 downloaded episodes later,  I am happy with the growth and health of the podcast, but I know that it can be even better. 

As you can imagine, creating the Perpetual Chess Podcast costs both time and money, neither of which is in unlimited supply here. 
My costs include equipment, website hosting, podcast hosting and paying my esteemed producer/editor Matthew Passy. I will spend close to $2000 per year just to cover the costs of the podcasts.
And then there is the time. In addition to the 60-90 minutes or so a week I spend recording interviews  (easily my favorite part of podcasting) , I spend hours arranging guests,   promoting each episode on social media, youtube, mailchimp, plus updating the website.   I believe that a good podcast requires significant preparation, so I also spend significant time preparing for each interview. Add up all those hours and throw them in, and I hope you can see that this is beginning to shape up as a time-consuming hobby. I  spend about 5 hours a week per episode, and despite the generous support the chess community has shown, Perpetual Chess remains my my least paying, "job" that I do. 

Of course, I don't do the show for the money, but because I work and have young kids, it is only with financial support that I am able to continue to carve out as much time as I do for Perpetual Chess. With continued support, I can do things like provide show notes for each episode, travel to interview guests when necessary,  and work to improve the audio quality of the show. The more I get, the more I will gladly put back into the show. :) 

So that's my pitch. I want Perpetual Chess to keep going strong, and if those of you who can afford to donate to the show do so, I am very confident that we can continue to bring the chess community closer together through better chess podcasts. 





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Tiers
Pawn
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Pawns are the soul of chess. :)  If you just want to support the podcast a bit, but aren't so interested in benefits, this is a nice way to do so. The "pawn tier pledge" receives:

 

  • My gratitude!
  • access to Patron only polls, (re guests, music, features, etc.) 

$1 a month doesn't sound like much, and won't yield you a ton of Perpetual Perks, but know that if every Perpetual Chess listener donated $1 month, Perpetual Chess would a thriving, healthy podcast, with sufficient funds for upgrading audio quality and occasionally travelling for interviews. :) 

Up the exchange!
$2 or more per month 66 patrons
(AKA the Perpetual Patron tier) 

As appreciation for an "Up the Exchange" tier pledge you receive: 

the same gratitude and poll access as the "pawn" tier receives, PLUS

  • Advance notice of guests and the opportunity to send in questions for guests. 


Bishop!
$3.50 or more per month 13 patrons
 

 As appreciation for the "Bishop" tier pledge you receive:  All of the benefits of the "Up the Exchange" tier, PLUS 

  • Access to the archive of Chess and Books with Fred Wilson, featuring old interviews with GMs Bisguier, Ashley,  Soltis, Kaidanov, IM Dvoretsky and many many more 


Rook
$5 or more per month 86 patrons
(AKA Perpetual Partners)

Rooks are huge contributors to the show's health, and they get the following perks: 

  

  • All of the benefits of the Bishop tier (including access to Fred Wilson's interview archive),  PLUS 
  • Named on closing credits of the podcast
  • Name/Business listed on https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/partners/
  • Patron only polls, (re guests, music, features, etc.)  
Queen and King
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Are you the most powerful or the most important? I don't know, but I appreciate you either way. 😀

At the "Queen and King" level tier, you get all of the prior benefits, plus you get moved to the top of the list in the closing credits, and more benefits may be forthcoming. (LMK if you have ideas)