Richard Meadows is creating The Deep Dish blog posts and book
15

patrons

$105
per month
WELCOME
Hello! I’m a journalist and finance columnist. The Deep Dish is where I write about experiments in deliberate living: taking a few steps off the beaten path to make better informed trade-offs around money, time, and personal freedom.

I love long-form writing, and have this wild theory that some people actually still prefer quality content over rapid-fire hot takes and clickbait. Rather than churning out content, I try to publish two high-effort posts a month, which typically take 10-20+ hours to research, write, and design.

Some of my more popular experiments include:

I also like to write about books, investing, and psychology. You can check out all of the posts I've ever written here, or a selection of recommended posts here.

THE STORY SO FAR
Since launching two years ago, The Deep Dish has been featured in the likes of VICE, CNBC, and Now This. I’ve met and corresponded with hundreds of like-minded readers, formed friendships, and learned a ton. Here are a few messages from the mailbag:

“I have been reading all your articles and following your blog for a few months now. Big fan of your work, I find your writing really inspiring. Your outlook on life and how forthcoming you are about money is great. I have already noticed massive changes in my life and financial situation thanks to your work and I hope I can continue along my current path to becoming financially independent.”

“I've been on a "financial literacy binge" of your articles and it's been great. Genuinely you've put some great advice out there, and I'm kicking myself now for not evaluating my spending earlier… keep those blog posts coming!”

“I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago […] and now I've read almost all your posts. I think your approach fits right in with that of the (in my opinion) greatest bloggers: Paul Graham, Tim Urban, and Scott Young. So don't listen to the niche-obsessed haters! Basically I'm writing to you in case you could take some comfort from the fact that you now have one more fan who appreciates your hard work, and who will keep reading your blog no matter how random the topics may seem.”

WHERE TO FROM HERE?
So far, The Deep Dish has been relegated to 'fun side-project' status. I’ve funded everything out of pocket, but the expenses (for the likes of hosting and email software) have grown with the blog. I hate ads with a burning passion, and take great pleasure in casting ‘sponsored content’ pitches into the fiery pits of the spam folder.

I'd really like to keep it that way - both for aesthetic reasons, and to maintain integrity. Most media outlets aren't aligned with the interests of their readers, because they have to please advertisers first and foremost (hence clickbait, fake news, and PR fluff stories). The patronage model is exciting because it means I answer directly to you, and don't have to hold back on anything.

The way Patreon works is that you can contribute however much you want, and then the payment recurs each month. Even a couple of bucks a month will be super helpful for reaching the first goal, which is to keep the site pristine and ad-free forever.

NEXT STEPS
At the moment, I make most of my income through freelance writing and consulting. There are only so many hours in the day, and more time spent there = less time spent here. I have a list of draft posts as long as your arm that I'm itching to get to. If we get enough traction, I’ll essentially be able to double the time I invest in this.

THE BOOK
I’m in the middle of writing a book, which encapsulates everything I've ever learned in seven years of finance journalism. It’s the most challenging writing project I’ve ever tackled, and I’m really, really excited about it. The more support I get, the faster it gets out into the world. If you chip in at the $10 tier, you'll get a copy hot off the presses as soon as it comes out. I'll also post book-related updates here for patrons' eyes only.

Don’t you dare think about contributing a cent unless you are debt-free and generally have your financial s*** together. But if you’ve got some value out of my writing and resources, and want to help take Deep Dish to the next level, I’d be honored to have you on board.

Cheers!
Rich
Tiers
CUP OF COFFEE CHUMS
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
Buy me a cup of coffee to make my brain less dumb and my fingers type faster. You’ll get access to Patreon-only updates, can weigh in on what I should write about next, and I’ll prioritize your emails and questions first.
FEEDER FRIENDS
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Help enable my pizza addiction. You get the same benefits as the lower tier, plus I’ll write you a cheese-dream inspired haiku on the topic of your choice.
BOOK CLUB CREW
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
You’ll get a paperback copy of my book hot off the press (digital if you live outside the US), and have your name immortalized in print in the acknowledgements section.
BUTT BUDDIES
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
This is an outrageously high 'anchor' price, cynically designed to make the lower tiers seem like an amazing bargain by contrast. If anyone calls my bluff and actually chooses this option, I guess I’ll have to get their face tattooed on my butt.
Goals
$105 of $200 per month
Cover expenses (hosting, mailing software, etc) and keep the blog pristine and ad-free.
1 of 3
WELCOME
Hello! I’m a journalist and finance columnist. The Deep Dish is where I write about experiments in deliberate living: taking a few steps off the beaten path to make better informed trade-offs around money, time, and personal freedom.

I love long-form writing, and have this wild theory that some people actually still prefer quality content over rapid-fire hot takes and clickbait. Rather than churning out content, I try to publish two high-effort posts a month, which typically take 10-20+ hours to research, write, and design.

Some of my more popular experiments include:

I also like to write about books, investing, and psychology. You can check out all of the posts I've ever written here, or a selection of recommended posts here.

THE STORY SO FAR
Since launching two years ago, The Deep Dish has been featured in the likes of VICE, CNBC, and Now This. I’ve met and corresponded with hundreds of like-minded readers, formed friendships, and learned a ton. Here are a few messages from the mailbag:

“I have been reading all your articles and following your blog for a few months now. Big fan of your work, I find your writing really inspiring. Your outlook on life and how forthcoming you are about money is great. I have already noticed massive changes in my life and financial situation thanks to your work and I hope I can continue along my current path to becoming financially independent.”

“I've been on a "financial literacy binge" of your articles and it's been great. Genuinely you've put some great advice out there, and I'm kicking myself now for not evaluating my spending earlier… keep those blog posts coming!”

“I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago […] and now I've read almost all your posts. I think your approach fits right in with that of the (in my opinion) greatest bloggers: Paul Graham, Tim Urban, and Scott Young. So don't listen to the niche-obsessed haters! Basically I'm writing to you in case you could take some comfort from the fact that you now have one more fan who appreciates your hard work, and who will keep reading your blog no matter how random the topics may seem.”

WHERE TO FROM HERE?
So far, The Deep Dish has been relegated to 'fun side-project' status. I’ve funded everything out of pocket, but the expenses (for the likes of hosting and email software) have grown with the blog. I hate ads with a burning passion, and take great pleasure in casting ‘sponsored content’ pitches into the fiery pits of the spam folder.

I'd really like to keep it that way - both for aesthetic reasons, and to maintain integrity. Most media outlets aren't aligned with the interests of their readers, because they have to please advertisers first and foremost (hence clickbait, fake news, and PR fluff stories). The patronage model is exciting because it means I answer directly to you, and don't have to hold back on anything.

The way Patreon works is that you can contribute however much you want, and then the payment recurs each month. Even a couple of bucks a month will be super helpful for reaching the first goal, which is to keep the site pristine and ad-free forever.

NEXT STEPS
At the moment, I make most of my income through freelance writing and consulting. There are only so many hours in the day, and more time spent there = less time spent here. I have a list of draft posts as long as your arm that I'm itching to get to. If we get enough traction, I’ll essentially be able to double the time I invest in this.

THE BOOK
I’m in the middle of writing a book, which encapsulates everything I've ever learned in seven years of finance journalism. It’s the most challenging writing project I’ve ever tackled, and I’m really, really excited about it. The more support I get, the faster it gets out into the world. If you chip in at the $10 tier, you'll get a copy hot off the presses as soon as it comes out. I'll also post book-related updates here for patrons' eyes only.

Don’t you dare think about contributing a cent unless you are debt-free and generally have your financial s*** together. But if you’ve got some value out of my writing and resources, and want to help take Deep Dish to the next level, I’d be honored to have you on board.

Cheers!
Rich

Recent posts by Richard Meadows

Tiers
CUP OF COFFEE CHUMS
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
Buy me a cup of coffee to make my brain less dumb and my fingers type faster. You’ll get access to Patreon-only updates, can weigh in on what I should write about next, and I’ll prioritize your emails and questions first.
FEEDER FRIENDS
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Help enable my pizza addiction. You get the same benefits as the lower tier, plus I’ll write you a cheese-dream inspired haiku on the topic of your choice.
BOOK CLUB CREW
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
You’ll get a paperback copy of my book hot off the press (digital if you live outside the US), and have your name immortalized in print in the acknowledgements section.
BUTT BUDDIES
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
This is an outrageously high 'anchor' price, cynically designed to make the lower tiers seem like an amazing bargain by contrast. If anyone calls my bluff and actually chooses this option, I guess I’ll have to get their face tattooed on my butt.