Ryan Dube

is creating Investigative Journalism

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If you've been on this journey with me since 2009, I'd like to thank you. If you're just arriving here for the first time, then welcome. Let me explain a bit about who I am and why I've decided to start a Patreon account:

TopSecretWriters: I launched TopSecretWriters.com, and investigative research website in 2009 as part of my ongoing research into formerly classified government projects, paranormal claims, and other unusual stories and news not covered by the mainstream media. 

The idea behind the investigative work there was to provide the kind of journalistic storytelling no longer found in modern journalism. To provide in-depth, honest, unbiased, well-researched reporting. Since I was also the Managing Editor at a major technology website, and had a full-time engineering job, I was able to fund TSW for years completely out-of-pocket. 

TopSecretWriters had an amazing run. Our article on realistic end-of-the-world scenarios led to an interview with Canadian cable TV station Vision TV for a documentary. Later, our article on the Mormon Underground Vault in Utah led to an interview with the History Channel on the TV show America's Book of Secrets. Since 2009, we've published thousands of blog posts, including many long-form full investigative pieces.

We're at a turning point now, and need your support:

1) TopSecretWriters offers something special. It provides a skeptical analysis in areas of research where there is very little critical thinking at all. We've built an amazing following of readers over the years, and many requests for additional research projects from those same readers. I'd like to make sure TopSecretWriters continues to grow well into the future.

2) We want to try an innovative approach that no other media site has attempted -- allowing READERS to drive the stories we research, rather than an editorial team making those decisions. Take a look at the donation tiers to see what editorial control YOU can have over what topics we investigate and write about. This is the most exciting part of this campaign.

3) TopSecretWriters needs to be self-sustaining.
I've left the Managing Editor role and the hosting costs of the site alone are now beyond our means. If TSW is going to continue producing even better investigative journalism, it has to be able to support itself.

For a while now we've tried to use Google Ads to run the site, but this barely covers half of the hosting costs. So, we'd like to try something new, and hopefully even one day get to the point where we can completely remove all ads from the site.

We're turning to Patreon as a solution. Patreon allows a reader to donate whatever they want per month, and the donation is recurring each month after that. So anything, from $5/month up, will help support the site on a monthly basis.

What We'll Use the Money For

Our initial goal is $5,000/month. This will allow us to drop other writing work and focus entirely on growing TopSecretWriter's efforts even further. That money will be enough to keep TSW going, indefinitely.

Here are TopSecretWriter's costs:

  • Hosting. We need a robust enough hosting plan to support the highest spikes in traffic we ever get so we don't crash during those moments and ruin my happiness.
  • MailChimp. The service we use to email posts out to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows.
  • Ongoing web development. It's a website, so there are always upsetting glitches coming out of nowhere and occasionally, we add a new site feature. Neither of us has any programming skills, so we need to pay someone for this.
  • Facebook post "boosts". When we announce a new post on Facebook, this makes sure that the announcement gets onto 1/3 or 1/2 of our Facebook followers' News Feeds.
  • Writers. We've hired and let go dozens of writers over the years as income allowed. It's time to hire a crack team of the best open-minded investigative journalists we can afford. This is the one expense that will result in the best investigative articles you'll ever read.
  • Me. It was the work that I invested into those early posts that landed those TV interviews, and I'd like to leave my other writing work behind and invest myself entirely into TopSecretWriters. 
This is the goal. I believe that even with our current base of readership investing whatever they can each month into the site, we can make this happen. And we can make sure that at TopSecretWriters.com, it's readers who are driving the narrative, not a faceless editorial team.

And if you're a new reader, I'd like to welcome you to one of the most interesting websites you'll ever come across online.

Anyway, thanks for any support you can offer if you decide to, and thank you for being a reader!

– Ryan
Tiers
Iron Supporter
$5 or more per month
You know that the truth takes work to expose, and that's rarely free. As an iron supporter you'll be supporting investigative reserch and writing that can change the world.


For your loyal support, you'll receive:


- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research.


Silver Reader
$10 or more per month
You believe that exceptional research leads to exceptional writing. You want to support writing that can change the world by revealing the truth to readers.


For your loyal support, you'll receive:


- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research. 

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.


Golden Thinker
$25 or more per month
You are a true critical thinker, and you appreciate writing that's exposes the truth to the world. You want to support writing that can change the world by revealing the truth to readers.


For your loyal support, you'll receive:


- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research. 

- Direct editorial access to the "Owner's Inbox" to propose research writing projects. YOUR ideas receive priority consideration by the managing editor.

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.


Platinum Club
$100 or more per month
You want to have editorial control over the direction of TSW investigations, and are willing to financially support that work in order to do so. You believe in seeking the truth, and by investing each month you are helping to reveal those truths to the world.


 

For your loyal support, you'll receive:

- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research. 

- Direct editorial access to my inbox to propose research writing projects. Your ideas receive priority consideration.

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.

- You can request 1 short article idea any time you like for our investigative journalists to research and write about. Guaranteed coverage of the topic (unless Managing Editor disagrees). This is typically a short news story or quick topic you feel deserves coverage.

VIP Supporter
$400 or more per month
You want to have ultimate editorial control over the direction of TSW investigations, and are willing to financially support that work in order to do so. You're blessed financially and you're hoping to use some of those blessings each month to help spread larger truths to the world.

 

For your loyal support, you'll receive:

- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Direct editorial access to my inbox to propose research writing projects. Your ideas receive priority consideration.

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.

- Access to provide 1 longform research idea any time you like for our investigative journalists to research and write about.

If you've been on this journey with me since 2009, I'd like to thank you. If you're just arriving here for the first time, then welcome. Let me explain a bit about who I am and why I've decided to start a Patreon account:

TopSecretWriters: I launched TopSecretWriters.com, and investigative research website in 2009 as part of my ongoing research into formerly classified government projects, paranormal claims, and other unusual stories and news not covered by the mainstream media. 

The idea behind the investigative work there was to provide the kind of journalistic storytelling no longer found in modern journalism. To provide in-depth, honest, unbiased, well-researched reporting. Since I was also the Managing Editor at a major technology website, and had a full-time engineering job, I was able to fund TSW for years completely out-of-pocket. 

TopSecretWriters had an amazing run. Our article on realistic end-of-the-world scenarios led to an interview with Canadian cable TV station Vision TV for a documentary. Later, our article on the Mormon Underground Vault in Utah led to an interview with the History Channel on the TV show America's Book of Secrets. Since 2009, we've published thousands of blog posts, including many long-form full investigative pieces.

We're at a turning point now, and need your support:

1) TopSecretWriters offers something special. It provides a skeptical analysis in areas of research where there is very little critical thinking at all. We've built an amazing following of readers over the years, and many requests for additional research projects from those same readers. I'd like to make sure TopSecretWriters continues to grow well into the future.

2) We want to try an innovative approach that no other media site has attempted -- allowing READERS to drive the stories we research, rather than an editorial team making those decisions. Take a look at the donation tiers to see what editorial control YOU can have over what topics we investigate and write about. This is the most exciting part of this campaign.

3) TopSecretWriters needs to be self-sustaining.
I've left the Managing Editor role and the hosting costs of the site alone are now beyond our means. If TSW is going to continue producing even better investigative journalism, it has to be able to support itself.

For a while now we've tried to use Google Ads to run the site, but this barely covers half of the hosting costs. So, we'd like to try something new, and hopefully even one day get to the point where we can completely remove all ads from the site.

We're turning to Patreon as a solution. Patreon allows a reader to donate whatever they want per month, and the donation is recurring each month after that. So anything, from $5/month up, will help support the site on a monthly basis.

What We'll Use the Money For

Our initial goal is $5,000/month. This will allow us to drop other writing work and focus entirely on growing TopSecretWriter's efforts even further. That money will be enough to keep TSW going, indefinitely.

Here are TopSecretWriter's costs:

  • Hosting. We need a robust enough hosting plan to support the highest spikes in traffic we ever get so we don't crash during those moments and ruin my happiness.
  • MailChimp. The service we use to email posts out to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows.
  • Ongoing web development. It's a website, so there are always upsetting glitches coming out of nowhere and occasionally, we add a new site feature. Neither of us has any programming skills, so we need to pay someone for this.
  • Facebook post "boosts". When we announce a new post on Facebook, this makes sure that the announcement gets onto 1/3 or 1/2 of our Facebook followers' News Feeds.
  • Writers. We've hired and let go dozens of writers over the years as income allowed. It's time to hire a crack team of the best open-minded investigative journalists we can afford. This is the one expense that will result in the best investigative articles you'll ever read.
  • Me. It was the work that I invested into those early posts that landed those TV interviews, and I'd like to leave my other writing work behind and invest myself entirely into TopSecretWriters. 
This is the goal. I believe that even with our current base of readership investing whatever they can each month into the site, we can make this happen. And we can make sure that at TopSecretWriters.com, it's readers who are driving the narrative, not a faceless editorial team.

And if you're a new reader, I'd like to welcome you to one of the most interesting websites you'll ever come across online.

Anyway, thanks for any support you can offer if you decide to, and thank you for being a reader!

– Ryan

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Tiers
Iron Supporter
$5 or more per month
You know that the truth takes work to expose, and that's rarely free. As an iron supporter you'll be supporting investigative reserch and writing that can change the world.


For your loyal support, you'll receive:


- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research.


Silver Reader
$10 or more per month
You believe that exceptional research leads to exceptional writing. You want to support writing that can change the world by revealing the truth to readers.


For your loyal support, you'll receive:


- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research. 

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.


Golden Thinker
$25 or more per month
You are a true critical thinker, and you appreciate writing that's exposes the truth to the world. You want to support writing that can change the world by revealing the truth to readers.


For your loyal support, you'll receive:


- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research. 

- Direct editorial access to the "Owner's Inbox" to propose research writing projects. YOUR ideas receive priority consideration by the managing editor.

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.


Platinum Club
$100 or more per month
You want to have editorial control over the direction of TSW investigations, and are willing to financially support that work in order to do so. You believe in seeking the truth, and by investing each month you are helping to reveal those truths to the world.


 

For your loyal support, you'll receive:

- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Access to the "Story Ideas" editorial spreadsheet where you can submit your own article ideas for TSW investigators to research. 

- Direct editorial access to my inbox to propose research writing projects. Your ideas receive priority consideration.

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.

- You can request 1 short article idea any time you like for our investigative journalists to research and write about. Guaranteed coverage of the topic (unless Managing Editor disagrees). This is typically a short news story or quick topic you feel deserves coverage.

VIP Supporter
$400 or more per month
You want to have ultimate editorial control over the direction of TSW investigations, and are willing to financially support that work in order to do so. You're blessed financially and you're hoping to use some of those blessings each month to help spread larger truths to the world.

 

For your loyal support, you'll receive:

- A magnetic "TopSecretWriters.com" bumper sticker

- Direct editorial access to my inbox to propose research writing projects. Your ideas receive priority consideration.

- Free membership in our "insider reader" group, where you receive a sneak preview of impending expose articles before they get published.

- Access to provide 1 longform research idea any time you like for our investigative journalists to research and write about.