Ernie Smith is creating Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet
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You Should Support Tedium.

Give us your money, and you’ll be rewarded with the highest-quality useless knowledge around.


Most people don’t see the deeper meaning in a Hot Pocket or a fingernail clipper.

That’s too bad, because there’s totally something there that’s worth reading into. You just have to be willing to look.

At Tedium, we try doing a deep dive into the mundane, the unusual, and the trivial. (Or as we love to put it, we’re hunting for the end of the long tail.)

We tell stories about the noble failures and the historic moments deemed too useless for the history books. We’ll hunt through old newspapers, vintage patent filings, and BBS-era text files that haven’t been read in decades—all with the goal of showing people that, yes, there is something valuable in these offbeat topics. And we link the hell out of everything in case you wanna dive in yourself.

We then publish it in a newsletter and on our website, giving these subjects the presentation and notice that they deserve. Because someone’s gotta do it.

And hey, people seem to like it. We have more than 10,000 email subscribers, and these days, our website attracts upwards of 30,000 visits per month in each of the last six months—a number that’s been growing significantly of late.

But we need your help. Publishing Tedium takes a lot of time (generally 20 hours per week), and there are some set costs that come with it. We try to minimize those costs where we can, but it would still be nice to not have to go out of pocket for things like research materials, email distribution platforms, image hosting (GIFs aren’t cheap), and social media management. Every little bit helps. And so could you.

Check out our benefits over to the side reach out if any of them interest you.

Help us tell awesome stories about boring things—and you’ll be rewarded with some awesome knowledge. Promise. Thanks a bunch.

— Ernie @ Tedium
Rewards
Virtual High-Five
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
You're considered a friend of mine, which means that if we meet in person, I owe you a high-five or two.
High-Five
$3 or more per month 23 patrons
You get a spot on a thank-you page on Tedium's website, which we hope will be full of names just like yours.
Double High-Five
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
You get a shout-out in an upcoming issue of the newsletter, including a link to the website of your choice. We'll also say thanks on social media.
A Shared Experience
$25 or more per month 4 patrons
Like getting stuff in the mail? If so, this one is for you. Once a month, we'll buy you something (up to $10 value) through an online shopping service that's related to a recent Tedium story. Maybe it's a book; maybe it's a weird nick-nack. But it'll be worth your while if you like odd stuff.
Secret Handshake
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
Want some merch? We'll deliver some. At this level, we'll send you a T-shirt for your body and a couple stickers for your laptop. (Design still in the works, but getting there.)
Many Shared Experiences
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
For people who like getting really nice stuff through the mail. Once a month, we'll buy you something (up to $25 value) through an online shopping service that's related to a recent Tedium story. We'll make it fun and interesting.
Trusted Confidante
$100 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Want to play a role in putting together a future Tedium story? This is the category for you. If you sign up here, I'll take part in an hour-long brainstorm with you over the phone or Slack, and we'll back-and-forth on a wacky story idea about a topic that you directly help me decide on. (Benefit limited to just a few people.)
Friend For Life
$5,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
I will perform and sing the "Perfect Strangers" theme song in your honor, and post the results on the internet for everyone to enjoy.
Goals
$268 of $500 per month
Building Tedium is a huge investment of time, money, and observation—especially the first item. If this goal is reached, this creates a lot of extra opportunity to expand the website and continue improvements to the newsletter itself, including allowing for better marketing and improvements to the design.
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You Should Support Tedium.

Give us your money, and you’ll be rewarded with the highest-quality useless knowledge around.


Most people don’t see the deeper meaning in a Hot Pocket or a fingernail clipper.

That’s too bad, because there’s totally something there that’s worth reading into. You just have to be willing to look.

At Tedium, we try doing a deep dive into the mundane, the unusual, and the trivial. (Or as we love to put it, we’re hunting for the end of the long tail.)

We tell stories about the noble failures and the historic moments deemed too useless for the history books. We’ll hunt through old newspapers, vintage patent filings, and BBS-era text files that haven’t been read in decades—all with the goal of showing people that, yes, there is something valuable in these offbeat topics. And we link the hell out of everything in case you wanna dive in yourself.

We then publish it in a newsletter and on our website, giving these subjects the presentation and notice that they deserve. Because someone’s gotta do it.

And hey, people seem to like it. We have more than 10,000 email subscribers, and these days, our website attracts upwards of 30,000 visits per month in each of the last six months—a number that’s been growing significantly of late.

But we need your help. Publishing Tedium takes a lot of time (generally 20 hours per week), and there are some set costs that come with it. We try to minimize those costs where we can, but it would still be nice to not have to go out of pocket for things like research materials, email distribution platforms, image hosting (GIFs aren’t cheap), and social media management. Every little bit helps. And so could you.

Check out our benefits over to the side reach out if any of them interest you.

Help us tell awesome stories about boring things—and you’ll be rewarded with some awesome knowledge. Promise. Thanks a bunch.

— Ernie @ Tedium

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Rewards
Virtual High-Five
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
You're considered a friend of mine, which means that if we meet in person, I owe you a high-five or two.
High-Five
$3 or more per month 23 patrons
You get a spot on a thank-you page on Tedium's website, which we hope will be full of names just like yours.
Double High-Five
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
You get a shout-out in an upcoming issue of the newsletter, including a link to the website of your choice. We'll also say thanks on social media.
A Shared Experience
$25 or more per month 4 patrons
Like getting stuff in the mail? If so, this one is for you. Once a month, we'll buy you something (up to $10 value) through an online shopping service that's related to a recent Tedium story. Maybe it's a book; maybe it's a weird nick-nack. But it'll be worth your while if you like odd stuff.
Secret Handshake
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
Want some merch? We'll deliver some. At this level, we'll send you a T-shirt for your body and a couple stickers for your laptop. (Design still in the works, but getting there.)
Many Shared Experiences
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
For people who like getting really nice stuff through the mail. Once a month, we'll buy you something (up to $25 value) through an online shopping service that's related to a recent Tedium story. We'll make it fun and interesting.
Trusted Confidante
$100 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Want to play a role in putting together a future Tedium story? This is the category for you. If you sign up here, I'll take part in an hour-long brainstorm with you over the phone or Slack, and we'll back-and-forth on a wacky story idea about a topic that you directly help me decide on. (Benefit limited to just a few people.)
Friend For Life
$5,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
I will perform and sing the "Perfect Strangers" theme song in your honor, and post the results on the internet for everyone to enjoy.