Randy Cassingham's This is True is creating Thought-Provoking Entertainment
121

patrons

$730
per month

Provoking Thought Online Since 1994


Randy Cassingham's This is True® retells strange-but-true stories from "legitimate, mainstream" news outlets from around the world, each capped with a humorous, ironic, or opinionated comment (and, with luck, some combination of the three). On their own, the stories are pretty entertaining. But when you read the stories over time, certain themes start to emerge, and suddenly you realize there's a bigger picture. A really big picture: a new understanding of humanity begins to emerge. Yes, True is entertaining, but it's also truly thought-provoking. Both the fragility and the power of the individual becomes clearer. And you'll realize that some stories only look amusing -- and you'll realize you're actually angry! But it's anger with a purpose: you'll see you have the power to stand up and demand change.

It's why so many subscribers say they'll subscribe for life.

It's smart, it's funny, it's thought-provoking. It's an independent voice appealing the the highest common denominator, unlike mega-media "social" and corporate sites trying to dictate what you should think.

So... What's Premium?


Each week's column consists of 10 or more odd stories, each with its own "slug" (title) and "tagline" (comment). There are two versions: a "Premium" (paid) edition with all of the stories (a minimum of 10), and a free edition with five stories. But it doesn't stop there: each issue -- whether Premium or free -- also includes a Headline of the Week; Randy's "Author's Notes" section that discusses one of the issues raised in more detail, notes updates or corrections, and/or letters from readers; the extremely popular "Honorary Unsubscribe" (a brief obituary of someone interesting who perhaps even had a huge impact on your life -- yet you may never have heard of them); and various other features. Even the free newsletter has a huge amount of entertaining and thought-provoking material You can check out the most recent free issue and less time on marketing and business: a concentration on more content. Whether you want to just say thanks for the free edition or wish to promote your business on every page of True 's web site, you can help This is True stay online to provide its Thought-Provoking Entertainment for years to come.

Yes, Our goal is audacious, but then, so are the benefits if we hit it: everyone gets Premium!

That's right, this has the potential for everyone to get the full newsletter on the "pay what you want" basis that's behind Patreon in the first place. And wouldn't that be awesome-sauce!

Note: Patreon will charge you immediately for this month. Subsequent charges should come on the first of each month. And thanks again!

There Are Two Ways to be a Patron of This is True: right here, through Patreon, or directly on the True web site, which means no Patreon fees off the top. Use whichever works best for youFull details of the other program here. We are joining the two programs together internally to determine whether we hit the various goals outlined, which is why we say we have met the first-level goal, even though the numbers here don't quite support that. :-)

Thank you so much for your support for This is True.

--Randy Cassingham, Founder
This is True

Rewards
Patron
$2 or more per month 19 patrons
Your support to express thanks for the free newsletter, podcast, or web site features. Plus get access to Patreon-only (or Patreon-first) posts and videos.
Premium Patron
$4 or more per month 66 patrons
Get the full weekly Premium This is True newsletter with all the stories. (Premium details)
Supporting Patron
$7 or more per month 30 patrons
Get the full weekly This is True newsletter with all the stories, and (upon request) get one "Best Of" story hand-picked by Randy from his archive, delivered early each morning by email. (Best of details)
Supporting Participant
$15 or more per month 12 patrons
Get the full weekly This is True newsletter with all the stories, and get full "Silver"-level access to the private This is True community Forum, including complete Honorary Unsubscribe archive access (see Silver details).
Angel Supporter
$20 or more per month 3 of 50 patrons
Get all of the above benefits, and get your name included on the Patron Page of True's web site (in the format of a company name, personal name, or a semi-anonymous form: "Karen in Ohio" for instance). We reserve the right to reject any name).
Sustaining Supporter with Link
$30 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
Get all of the above, and your entry on the Patron's page also gets a nofollow link. We reserve the right to reject any name or landing page. Limited Quantity Available!
Sustaining Supporter with Archive Access
$40 or more per month 1 of 50 patrons
Get your Forum access upgraded to get access to Gold, including the Full Searchable Archive of both the Honorary Unsubscribe and This is True instead of a linked sponsor line on the Patreon page. (Archive is for personal use only.)
Sustaining Supporter with Both
$75 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Forum membership at the Platinum level and a linked sponsor line on the Patreon page.
Site Supporter
$125 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Business Levels (but Individuals can Choose These Levels Too!)

Get your name included on the navigation column (nearly every page) of True's web site (in the format of a company name, personal name, or a semi-anonymous form: "Nigel in UK" for instance), with a nofollow link. We reserve the right to reject any name or landing page. Limited Quantity Available!
Newsletter Sponsorship
$225 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Get a one-line sponsorship in the free newsletter every week: up to 75 characters (not counting embedded link URL). We reserve the right to refuse any offensive ad text or landing page. Limited Quantity Available!
Site Supporter with Ad
$275 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Get your 160x190 pixel graphic/display ad included on the navigation column (nearly every page) of True's web site linked back to your site or page -- without a "nofollow" tag. (We reserve the right to reject any ad or landing page.)
Full Sponsorship
$450 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Both a linked graphic ad on nearly every page on the web site and a linked sponsorship in every week's newsletter. Limited Quantity Available!
The Mega Sponsor
$750 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Pick and choose among any or all of the benefits in previous tiers, and get some special surprises from Randy during the year (mailing address required).
Let's Talk
$1,500 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
You and Randy collaborate on a package you can both live with. You'll also be invited to in-person meetings with Randy to discuss your business or personal topics (at least once each year; attendees cover any travel expenses).
Goals
$730 of $10,000 per month
Your pledge is added to everyone else's, and there are several things True can do when we hit various milestones:

At $1000, we can make the This is True web site entirely ad free (with the exception of Patreon member messages and badges, of course!) Nothing flashing at you, nothing trying to goad you into loading up malware software or apps. COMPLETED!

At $2500, the free edition gets the full text of the Honorary Unsubscribe, rather than having to click a link and go to the web site to read it. And we can remove the ads from the Honorary Unsubscribe site too!

At $5000, all outside ads disappear from the email newsletter, too -- again, with the exception of Patreon messages.

And at $10,000, Everybody Gets Premium! That's right, the free distribution turns into the Premium distribution, with all the stories every week, without outside ads in the newsletter or the web site (other than Patreon messages), and everyone gets to "pay what they want" through Patreon or directly.

Would that be freaking awesome, or what?!
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Provoking Thought Online Since 1994


Randy Cassingham's This is True® retells strange-but-true stories from "legitimate, mainstream" news outlets from around the world, each capped with a humorous, ironic, or opinionated comment (and, with luck, some combination of the three). On their own, the stories are pretty entertaining. But when you read the stories over time, certain themes start to emerge, and suddenly you realize there's a bigger picture. A really big picture: a new understanding of humanity begins to emerge. Yes, True is entertaining, but it's also truly thought-provoking. Both the fragility and the power of the individual becomes clearer. And you'll realize that some stories only look amusing -- and you'll realize you're actually angry! But it's anger with a purpose: you'll see you have the power to stand up and demand change.

It's why so many subscribers say they'll subscribe for life.

It's smart, it's funny, it's thought-provoking. It's an independent voice appealing the the highest common denominator, unlike mega-media "social" and corporate sites trying to dictate what you should think.

So... What's Premium?


Each week's column consists of 10 or more odd stories, each with its own "slug" (title) and "tagline" (comment). There are two versions: a "Premium" (paid) edition with all of the stories (a minimum of 10), and a free edition with five stories. But it doesn't stop there: each issue -- whether Premium or free -- also includes a Headline of the Week; Randy's "Author's Notes" section that discusses one of the issues raised in more detail, notes updates or corrections, and/or letters from readers; the extremely popular "Honorary Unsubscribe" (a brief obituary of someone interesting who perhaps even had a huge impact on your life -- yet you may never have heard of them); and various other features. Even the free newsletter has a huge amount of entertaining and thought-provoking material You can check out the most recent free issue and less time on marketing and business: a concentration on more content. Whether you want to just say thanks for the free edition or wish to promote your business on every page of True 's web site, you can help This is True stay online to provide its Thought-Provoking Entertainment for years to come.

Yes, Our goal is audacious, but then, so are the benefits if we hit it: everyone gets Premium!

That's right, this has the potential for everyone to get the full newsletter on the "pay what you want" basis that's behind Patreon in the first place. And wouldn't that be awesome-sauce!

Note: Patreon will charge you immediately for this month. Subsequent charges should come on the first of each month. And thanks again!

There Are Two Ways to be a Patron of This is True: right here, through Patreon, or directly on the True web site, which means no Patreon fees off the top. Use whichever works best for youFull details of the other program here. We are joining the two programs together internally to determine whether we hit the various goals outlined, which is why we say we have met the first-level goal, even though the numbers here don't quite support that. :-)

Thank you so much for your support for This is True.

--Randy Cassingham, Founder
This is True

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Rewards
Patron
$2 or more per month 19 patrons
Your support to express thanks for the free newsletter, podcast, or web site features. Plus get access to Patreon-only (or Patreon-first) posts and videos.
Premium Patron
$4 or more per month 66 patrons
Get the full weekly Premium This is True newsletter with all the stories. (Premium details)
Supporting Patron
$7 or more per month 30 patrons
Get the full weekly This is True newsletter with all the stories, and (upon request) get one "Best Of" story hand-picked by Randy from his archive, delivered early each morning by email. (Best of details)
Supporting Participant
$15 or more per month 12 patrons
Get the full weekly This is True newsletter with all the stories, and get full "Silver"-level access to the private This is True community Forum, including complete Honorary Unsubscribe archive access (see Silver details).
Angel Supporter
$20 or more per month 3 of 50 patrons
Get all of the above benefits, and get your name included on the Patron Page of True's web site (in the format of a company name, personal name, or a semi-anonymous form: "Karen in Ohio" for instance). We reserve the right to reject any name).
Sustaining Supporter with Link
$30 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
Get all of the above, and your entry on the Patron's page also gets a nofollow link. We reserve the right to reject any name or landing page. Limited Quantity Available!
Sustaining Supporter with Archive Access
$40 or more per month 1 of 50 patrons
Get your Forum access upgraded to get access to Gold, including the Full Searchable Archive of both the Honorary Unsubscribe and This is True instead of a linked sponsor line on the Patreon page. (Archive is for personal use only.)
Sustaining Supporter with Both
$75 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
Forum membership at the Platinum level and a linked sponsor line on the Patreon page.
Site Supporter
$125 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Business Levels (but Individuals can Choose These Levels Too!)

Get your name included on the navigation column (nearly every page) of True's web site (in the format of a company name, personal name, or a semi-anonymous form: "Nigel in UK" for instance), with a nofollow link. We reserve the right to reject any name or landing page. Limited Quantity Available!
Newsletter Sponsorship
$225 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Get a one-line sponsorship in the free newsletter every week: up to 75 characters (not counting embedded link URL). We reserve the right to refuse any offensive ad text or landing page. Limited Quantity Available!
Site Supporter with Ad
$275 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Get your 160x190 pixel graphic/display ad included on the navigation column (nearly every page) of True's web site linked back to your site or page -- without a "nofollow" tag. (We reserve the right to reject any ad or landing page.)
Full Sponsorship
$450 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Both a linked graphic ad on nearly every page on the web site and a linked sponsorship in every week's newsletter. Limited Quantity Available!
The Mega Sponsor
$750 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Pick and choose among any or all of the benefits in previous tiers, and get some special surprises from Randy during the year (mailing address required).
Let's Talk
$1,500 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
You and Randy collaborate on a package you can both live with. You'll also be invited to in-person meetings with Randy to discuss your business or personal topics (at least once each year; attendees cover any travel expenses).