The Steampunk Explorer is creating an online magazine
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Join us in exploring the wild, wonderful world of steampunk!

The Steampunk Explorer is an online magazine and resource guide for steampunk enthusiasts and creators. The "Explorer" in the title is deliberate. We run stories about steampunk in the "real world" — people you can meet, places you can visit, and events you can attend. We also have steampunk "City Guides" covering the top metro areas in the United States (with Canada and other parts of the world soon to follow). Our weekly "Steampunk Digest" includes quick reads on news about steampunk-related events, books, games, and other happenings.

I'm Stephen Beale, the founder and editor of The Steampunk Explorer. I bring more than 30 years of professional editorial experience to this endeavor. Most stories on the site are reported, meaning they're based on interviews with sources and/or actual visits to a place or event. Stories are written and packaged much like features or departments in a magazine, and we put a strong emphasis on visuals. These are factors that separate The Steampunk Explorer from most blogs.

This formula seems to be working. The site drew close to 18,000 unique visitors in April, the first full month of operation. In May we drew more than 20,000 unique visitors.

We really like publicizing steampunk events. We believe that events are the lifeblood of steampunk. They energize the participants and some (especially the free festivals) draw new people to the genre. So you'll find lots of event coverage on The Steampunk Explorer, including previews as well as reports about past events.

Although our readers are primarily fans of steampunk, we also provide content that's useful to steampunk creators. For example, prior to our story about Sacramento steampunk maker Paul X. Stewart, many folks in the steampunk world weren't aware of Goodwill clearance outlets, where you can purchase clothing and other items at steep discounts from what you'd pay at a regular Goodwill store. Among our early stories was a two-part series about steampunk fonts. Our resource pages and city guides provide additional info for creators.

The site was nearly a year in the making. Startup costs were minimal, since I performed all development work myself. Still, I'd like to make the site self-sustaining, and raise additional funds to hire more freelancers and travel to more steampunk events. We will be your eyes and ears at these happenings, because that's what explorers do.

Please consider a monthly pledge of $1 or more. You will receive access to premium blog posts, including previews of upcoming stories, observations about steampunk, and more.
Tiers
Access to my patron feed
$1 or more per month
You'll receive access to premium blog posts: Previews of upcoming stories, observations about steampunk, and more. For the creators and vendors in the audience, we'll be offering design tips, marketing/promotional advice, etc.
Goals
10 of 40 patrons
When I reach 40 patrons, the site will be self-sustaining.
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Join us in exploring the wild, wonderful world of steampunk!

The Steampunk Explorer is an online magazine and resource guide for steampunk enthusiasts and creators. The "Explorer" in the title is deliberate. We run stories about steampunk in the "real world" — people you can meet, places you can visit, and events you can attend. We also have steampunk "City Guides" covering the top metro areas in the United States (with Canada and other parts of the world soon to follow). Our weekly "Steampunk Digest" includes quick reads on news about steampunk-related events, books, games, and other happenings.

I'm Stephen Beale, the founder and editor of The Steampunk Explorer. I bring more than 30 years of professional editorial experience to this endeavor. Most stories on the site are reported, meaning they're based on interviews with sources and/or actual visits to a place or event. Stories are written and packaged much like features or departments in a magazine, and we put a strong emphasis on visuals. These are factors that separate The Steampunk Explorer from most blogs.

This formula seems to be working. The site drew close to 18,000 unique visitors in April, the first full month of operation. In May we drew more than 20,000 unique visitors.

We really like publicizing steampunk events. We believe that events are the lifeblood of steampunk. They energize the participants and some (especially the free festivals) draw new people to the genre. So you'll find lots of event coverage on The Steampunk Explorer, including previews as well as reports about past events.

Although our readers are primarily fans of steampunk, we also provide content that's useful to steampunk creators. For example, prior to our story about Sacramento steampunk maker Paul X. Stewart, many folks in the steampunk world weren't aware of Goodwill clearance outlets, where you can purchase clothing and other items at steep discounts from what you'd pay at a regular Goodwill store. Among our early stories was a two-part series about steampunk fonts. Our resource pages and city guides provide additional info for creators.

The site was nearly a year in the making. Startup costs were minimal, since I performed all development work myself. Still, I'd like to make the site self-sustaining, and raise additional funds to hire more freelancers and travel to more steampunk events. We will be your eyes and ears at these happenings, because that's what explorers do.

Please consider a monthly pledge of $1 or more. You will receive access to premium blog posts, including previews of upcoming stories, observations about steampunk, and more.

Recent posts by The Steampunk Explorer

Tiers
Access to my patron feed
$1 or more per month
You'll receive access to premium blog posts: Previews of upcoming stories, observations about steampunk, and more. For the creators and vendors in the audience, we'll be offering design tips, marketing/promotional advice, etc.