The Lightblue Ribbon are creating Writing, Freelance journalism, Poetry, Travel blogging
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patrons

$8
per month

The Lightblue Ribbon or TLR is a group focused on a variety of subjects, such as journalism, freelance writing, poetry, aviation, economy, travel blogging and drones. Its contributors are freelance journalists and writers who devote their time to deliver articles on a monthly basis and occasionally cooperate with local news agencies, for free. Though TLR officially started on september 2013, its roots date back to 2010. Here's a few facts about TLR: at the time of its debut on Patreon (April 2017), TLR had 285 articles of various subjects, written by 16 authors, 8 of which are currently active TLR members; 150 articles have been published on local newspapers; TLR members won 18 literature awards and aim at winning more; over the years, though we did so as independent writers, not as a group, we have published various books. We have done a lot, but we believe we can - and will! - do way more than this, as the group expands.

Our group isn't all about blogging and articles, though. Our members do many things and this notable variety has allowed great things to happen over the years. We have journalists who have become poets or writers, and vice versa, thanks to our constant support. We firmly believe in culture and free writing as ways to show the world that every single artist can give a significant and heterogeneous contribute to art and culture.

At the moment, we are planning to publish a number of books and organize events dedicated to culture in the places we are from, and we would also like to help other groups with similar goals. Wait, if you're wondering what our name and logo are about, let us give you an answer.

The Lightblue Ribbon, our symbol, is meant to represent infinity and the blue skies, two things that we believe perfectly match our will to be, and remain, independent journalists and writers. TLR is A group for Free Writers and Thinkers so this logo accurately sums up what we are all about.

We haven't earned anything in years and years of freelance writing, and this has pretty much prevented us from doing anything beyond our regular agenda - that's why we believe contributors can really make the difference. TLR and its writers are mainly based in Italy, a country where journalism faces continuous backlash from certain political parties. Though we have a strict rule forbidding any political-related discussions and articles, we still face the consequences of living in a place where journalists either "work" for free or have to adapt to the needs of political parties. When it comes to writing and poetry, things are slightly better but still not good compared to other western countries.

On May 4th, 2017, we have finally made the decision to debut here on Patreon, hoping that it will mark the beginning of a more intense activity as both freelance journalists and writers. Your contribute may enable us to get some our works translated into English for everyone to read and enjoy! Do you find it challenging? What about this: our top contributors will be awarded in very... artistic ways!

- Francesco D'Amico and Antonio Mirko Dimartino
TLR Group Coordinators
Rewards
Support the Ribbon
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
This a basic reward for supporting TLR on a monthly basis and help us covering our basic expenses, such as maintaining our blog and driving or flying to the places we have to visit in order to write some of our articles. Sometimes it's harder than you'd think!
Start to feel the Ribbon
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Just like the first reward, this is meant to provide basic help in order to cover part of our annual expenses. What's the difference between this and Support the Ribbon? Hint: if you Start to feel the Ribbon, you will pe publicly mentioned on a specific section of our blog as one of our contributors!
Touch the Ribbon
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This reward goes a step further compared to the previous ones. If you Touch the Ribbon, we'll deliver to your address a high quality logo of The Lightblue Ribbon designed by the Italian paleoartist Sante Mazzei.


Admiring the sky with the Ribbon
$4 or more per month 1 patron
If you choose this reward, it means that we have common goals. Admiring the sky with the Ribbon will turn you into a better person, closer to Infinity than the average human being. You'll get the chance to be mentioned on one of our articles that will end up on a local newspaper (as well as our blog), with a short bio and quote about your decision to support us. Do you want to give it a try?
Spreading your wings with the Ribbon
$5 or more per month 1 patron
As you finally start your journey towards Infinity, you really deserve some special recognition. Spreading your wings with the Ribbon will grant all previously listed privileges and rewards, plus one extra perk: a dedicated and public article with a review/critique of your poem or short story! A very good chance to promote it, right?
Miles above with the Ribbon
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
The pleasure of flying with us is so unique you'll never forget it. You'll get all of the privileges of the previous rewards and, after five months of rewarding, one of our books! We'll contact you privately, let you choose a book, and deliver it to your address. If you keep supporting us this way, we'll deliver a book every single year!
Into the Stratosphere with the Ribbon
$10 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
You are now part of a selected elite of people who managed to get closer to Infinity than most humans, so everyone in the world should know who you are. You deserve all of the privileges of the previous rewards, plus a special and personal interview which we will publish everywhere we can. You'll be famous!
Entering Earth's orbit with the Ribbon
$14 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
As you leave the Earth on your way to Infinity, we are amazed and shocked by your devotion to our project. We'll grant all privileges earned to this point and we'll join you on this special journey. If you have published a book of poetry or a novel, not only we'll buy it but we'll review it on a dedicated article and list it among our suggestions on our blog. You help us reaching Infinity, we do the same to you.
Taking the Ribbon to the edge of Sol
$20 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
You have officially joined us on a very special journey to the edge of space. As we look back to our solar system and neighboring planets, satellites and comets, we can finally notice how far we have gone altogether. All previous privileges are included with this reward, and you will be mentioned on all public events involving TLR. Yes, that's right: whatever we do, wherever we do it, we'll thank you by clearly stating that without your support, we would never get that far.
A Ribbon between galaxies
$30 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
The Milky Way, Andromeda... they're so beautiful, but we won't stop there, we'll go further away. You are now part of TLR's core. We'll grant all privileges earned to this point and keep in touch with you personally as if you were a member of our community. We want you to be part of us in a tangible and productive way. As if this wasn't enough, we'll always mention you as a top contributor, vital to our project. If you have released any books, we'll actively advertise them.
A Ribbon in the heavens of Laniakea
$40 or more per month 0 of 7 patrons
We're right in the middle of our supercluster Laniakea, the place that our ancestors called Heaven, and we've made it this far thanks to your devotion to TLR. Your presence is so meaningful to us that we'll grant all privileges to this point and, in addition to that, we will open and promote an entire section of our blog dedicated to you and your unique artwork.
Infinity with the Ribbon
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
We can now all feel Infinity and its overwhelming power. You made it possible, and you deserve to become immortal for this. All privileges are granted, we'll send you gadgets and works whenever we get the chance, and should we release any other books, you'll be there both as a character and a top contributor to be credited for.
A Ribbon to the Multiverse
$65 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Reality becomes fantasy when we approach the edge of our Universe and try to venture into the Multiverse. Our minds are overwhelmed, we are going beyond the laws of nature. There are no words to describe how grateful we are to you for your constant and consistent support. We'll grant all privileges and perks we could possibly grant and we'll plan a meeting at our expenses, hoping to finally meet you in person. We'll give you very special gifts, including a signed certificate for your outstanding contribute to The Lightblue Ribbon.
Goals
$8 of $10 per month
This is very easy - we have published 285 articles so far, all we need is 15 more to mark the 300 threshold! Do you want us to get there faster? Support us and cover part of our expenses - sometimes, we are required to travel from one place to another to write an article.

- Francesco D'Amico
TLR Group Coordinator
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The Lightblue Ribbon or TLR is a group focused on a variety of subjects, such as journalism, freelance writing, poetry, aviation, economy, travel blogging and drones. Its contributors are freelance journalists and writers who devote their time to deliver articles on a monthly basis and occasionally cooperate with local news agencies, for free. Though TLR officially started on september 2013, its roots date back to 2010. Here's a few facts about TLR: at the time of its debut on Patreon (April 2017), TLR had 285 articles of various subjects, written by 16 authors, 8 of which are currently active TLR members; 150 articles have been published on local newspapers; TLR members won 18 literature awards and aim at winning more; over the years, though we did so as independent writers, not as a group, we have published various books. We have done a lot, but we believe we can - and will! - do way more than this, as the group expands.

Our group isn't all about blogging and articles, though. Our members do many things and this notable variety has allowed great things to happen over the years. We have journalists who have become poets or writers, and vice versa, thanks to our constant support. We firmly believe in culture and free writing as ways to show the world that every single artist can give a significant and heterogeneous contribute to art and culture.

At the moment, we are planning to publish a number of books and organize events dedicated to culture in the places we are from, and we would also like to help other groups with similar goals. Wait, if you're wondering what our name and logo are about, let us give you an answer.

The Lightblue Ribbon, our symbol, is meant to represent infinity and the blue skies, two things that we believe perfectly match our will to be, and remain, independent journalists and writers. TLR is A group for Free Writers and Thinkers so this logo accurately sums up what we are all about.

We haven't earned anything in years and years of freelance writing, and this has pretty much prevented us from doing anything beyond our regular agenda - that's why we believe contributors can really make the difference. TLR and its writers are mainly based in Italy, a country where journalism faces continuous backlash from certain political parties. Though we have a strict rule forbidding any political-related discussions and articles, we still face the consequences of living in a place where journalists either "work" for free or have to adapt to the needs of political parties. When it comes to writing and poetry, things are slightly better but still not good compared to other western countries.

On May 4th, 2017, we have finally made the decision to debut here on Patreon, hoping that it will mark the beginning of a more intense activity as both freelance journalists and writers. Your contribute may enable us to get some our works translated into English for everyone to read and enjoy! Do you find it challenging? What about this: our top contributors will be awarded in very... artistic ways!

- Francesco D'Amico and Antonio Mirko Dimartino
TLR Group Coordinators

Recent posts by The Lightblue Ribbon

Rewards
Support the Ribbon
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
This a basic reward for supporting TLR on a monthly basis and help us covering our basic expenses, such as maintaining our blog and driving or flying to the places we have to visit in order to write some of our articles. Sometimes it's harder than you'd think!
Start to feel the Ribbon
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Just like the first reward, this is meant to provide basic help in order to cover part of our annual expenses. What's the difference between this and Support the Ribbon? Hint: if you Start to feel the Ribbon, you will pe publicly mentioned on a specific section of our blog as one of our contributors!
Touch the Ribbon
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This reward goes a step further compared to the previous ones. If you Touch the Ribbon, we'll deliver to your address a high quality logo of The Lightblue Ribbon designed by the Italian paleoartist Sante Mazzei.


Admiring the sky with the Ribbon
$4 or more per month 1 patron
If you choose this reward, it means that we have common goals. Admiring the sky with the Ribbon will turn you into a better person, closer to Infinity than the average human being. You'll get the chance to be mentioned on one of our articles that will end up on a local newspaper (as well as our blog), with a short bio and quote about your decision to support us. Do you want to give it a try?
Spreading your wings with the Ribbon
$5 or more per month 1 patron
As you finally start your journey towards Infinity, you really deserve some special recognition. Spreading your wings with the Ribbon will grant all previously listed privileges and rewards, plus one extra perk: a dedicated and public article with a review/critique of your poem or short story! A very good chance to promote it, right?
Miles above with the Ribbon
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
The pleasure of flying with us is so unique you'll never forget it. You'll get all of the privileges of the previous rewards and, after five months of rewarding, one of our books! We'll contact you privately, let you choose a book, and deliver it to your address. If you keep supporting us this way, we'll deliver a book every single year!
Into the Stratosphere with the Ribbon
$10 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
You are now part of a selected elite of people who managed to get closer to Infinity than most humans, so everyone in the world should know who you are. You deserve all of the privileges of the previous rewards, plus a special and personal interview which we will publish everywhere we can. You'll be famous!
Entering Earth's orbit with the Ribbon
$14 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
As you leave the Earth on your way to Infinity, we are amazed and shocked by your devotion to our project. We'll grant all privileges earned to this point and we'll join you on this special journey. If you have published a book of poetry or a novel, not only we'll buy it but we'll review it on a dedicated article and list it among our suggestions on our blog. You help us reaching Infinity, we do the same to you.
Taking the Ribbon to the edge of Sol
$20 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
You have officially joined us on a very special journey to the edge of space. As we look back to our solar system and neighboring planets, satellites and comets, we can finally notice how far we have gone altogether. All previous privileges are included with this reward, and you will be mentioned on all public events involving TLR. Yes, that's right: whatever we do, wherever we do it, we'll thank you by clearly stating that without your support, we would never get that far.
A Ribbon between galaxies
$30 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
The Milky Way, Andromeda... they're so beautiful, but we won't stop there, we'll go further away. You are now part of TLR's core. We'll grant all privileges earned to this point and keep in touch with you personally as if you were a member of our community. We want you to be part of us in a tangible and productive way. As if this wasn't enough, we'll always mention you as a top contributor, vital to our project. If you have released any books, we'll actively advertise them.
A Ribbon in the heavens of Laniakea
$40 or more per month 0 of 7 patrons
We're right in the middle of our supercluster Laniakea, the place that our ancestors called Heaven, and we've made it this far thanks to your devotion to TLR. Your presence is so meaningful to us that we'll grant all privileges to this point and, in addition to that, we will open and promote an entire section of our blog dedicated to you and your unique artwork.
Infinity with the Ribbon
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
We can now all feel Infinity and its overwhelming power. You made it possible, and you deserve to become immortal for this. All privileges are granted, we'll send you gadgets and works whenever we get the chance, and should we release any other books, you'll be there both as a character and a top contributor to be credited for.
A Ribbon to the Multiverse
$65 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Reality becomes fantasy when we approach the edge of our Universe and try to venture into the Multiverse. Our minds are overwhelmed, we are going beyond the laws of nature. There are no words to describe how grateful we are to you for your constant and consistent support. We'll grant all privileges and perks we could possibly grant and we'll plan a meeting at our expenses, hoping to finally meet you in person. We'll give you very special gifts, including a signed certificate for your outstanding contribute to The Lightblue Ribbon.