Tom Ewing

is creating Popular - The UK's No.1 Hits

104

patrons

$581

per month
Since 2003, I've been writing a blog called Popular, talking about every No.1 single in the UK Top 40. These songs were, once upon a time, the country's highest sellers - I ask why, and what it meant, and whether they were any good. I've been lucky enough to attract a patient readership and some excellent commenters along the way.

For the last sixteen years I've been funding my writing via my day jobs. As my responsibilities have increased, the time I have to work on Popular (and other fun things) has shrunk. I'm now going freelance, and funding Popular using Patreon.

I need to be very clear about one thing: Popular will still be on Freaky Trigger, and still free to read for non-patrons and patrons alike. What I'm offering backers is early access and exclusive side material, and the opportunity to help guarantee the Popular project's future. 

Your very generous contributions let me create space in my life to keep the project moving and maybe even, one day, complete it. More than that, they give me the opportunity to expand the scope of Popular in ways I've wanted to for a long time.

Patreon funding lets me guarantee a fixed number of Popular posts each month - patrons on any higher tier ($2 or above) see these entries early. I'm also writing other Patreon-first features:

  • LESS POPULAR: Popular-style entries for songs that didn't get to Number One. ($5 or above)
  • PARALLEL LINES: Entries for the forty "lost number ones" from the 50s and 60s which hit No.1 on those UK charts that didn't later get retconned into being 'official'. ($10 or above)
  • THE TOP 100 SINGLES OF THE 2010s: A follow-up to the Top 100 90s singles, which I did 20 years ago. (This was a stretch goal so it's available to all patrons at any tier)
  • REPOPULATED: Rewritten and expanded older entries. ($10 or above)
Patrons at the highest level also get to make suggestions for upcoming content. And the next funding goal is set at a level that will let me try out a Popular podcast.

I've never attempted to monetize any of my online writing projects before - this was a scary step for me, and I am thrilled and grateful to anyone who's decided to back me in this, and to anyone who backs me in future.

Tiers
Friends Of Popular
$1 or more per month

This is basically a "tip jar" tier - it'll contribute towards wider goals and you'll get occasional access to extra posts on here with side notes I couldn't make fit into the proper entry.


This tier (and all above it!) will get early access to Top 100 posts now that goal has been reached.

Early Readers
$2 or more per month

You get to read new Popular entries (and see the scores!) 3-7 days before they make their way to the actual site.


You also get early access to Top 100 posts now that goal has been reached.

Popular + Less Popular
$5 or more per month

You get new entries, Top 100 posts, plus access to LESS POPULAR, reviews and marks for songs which didn't get to Number 1 but which I feel the urge to write about. It will be a full month before these make it onto the website (and in some cases they won't at all)

Popular + Less Popular + Repopulated
$10 or more per month

You get new entries, Top 100 posts, access to Less Popular, and access to REPOPULATED, where I revisit entries from the earlier life of the site (mostly the 50s-70s ones) and expand on them. This will be EXCLUSIVE content to Patreon - though it may end up in an eventual book.


I'm also running a series of reviews of the "lost" #1s here, PARALLEL LINES - the records from 1955 to 1969 which topped assorted charts but got erased from the official record when the chart 'fixed' its history.

The Full Popular Package
$15 or more per month

You get the lot - new entries, Top 100 posts, access to Less Popular, Parallel Lines and Repopulated, AND the opportunity to take part in polls where you can guide my decisions as to which tracks I cover in those side features.

Goals
$581 of $750 per month
The next goal is one a few people have enquired about dating back ages - PODULAR, aka a Popular Podcast. If I get to this level of earnings I will at least do a pilot of this and who knows where that might lead....
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Since 2003, I've been writing a blog called Popular, talking about every No.1 single in the UK Top 40. These songs were, once upon a time, the country's highest sellers - I ask why, and what it meant, and whether they were any good. I've been lucky enough to attract a patient readership and some excellent commenters along the way.

For the last sixteen years I've been funding my writing via my day jobs. As my responsibilities have increased, the time I have to work on Popular (and other fun things) has shrunk. I'm now going freelance, and funding Popular using Patreon.

I need to be very clear about one thing: Popular will still be on Freaky Trigger, and still free to read for non-patrons and patrons alike. What I'm offering backers is early access and exclusive side material, and the opportunity to help guarantee the Popular project's future. 

Your very generous contributions let me create space in my life to keep the project moving and maybe even, one day, complete it. More than that, they give me the opportunity to expand the scope of Popular in ways I've wanted to for a long time.

Patreon funding lets me guarantee a fixed number of Popular posts each month - patrons on any higher tier ($2 or above) see these entries early. I'm also writing other Patreon-first features:

  • LESS POPULAR: Popular-style entries for songs that didn't get to Number One. ($5 or above)
  • PARALLEL LINES: Entries for the forty "lost number ones" from the 50s and 60s which hit No.1 on those UK charts that didn't later get retconned into being 'official'. ($10 or above)
  • THE TOP 100 SINGLES OF THE 2010s: A follow-up to the Top 100 90s singles, which I did 20 years ago. (This was a stretch goal so it's available to all patrons at any tier)
  • REPOPULATED: Rewritten and expanded older entries. ($10 or above)
Patrons at the highest level also get to make suggestions for upcoming content. And the next funding goal is set at a level that will let me try out a Popular podcast.

I've never attempted to monetize any of my online writing projects before - this was a scary step for me, and I am thrilled and grateful to anyone who's decided to back me in this, and to anyone who backs me in future.

Recent posts by Tom Ewing

Tiers
Friends Of Popular
$1 or more per month

This is basically a "tip jar" tier - it'll contribute towards wider goals and you'll get occasional access to extra posts on here with side notes I couldn't make fit into the proper entry.


This tier (and all above it!) will get early access to Top 100 posts now that goal has been reached.

Early Readers
$2 or more per month

You get to read new Popular entries (and see the scores!) 3-7 days before they make their way to the actual site.


You also get early access to Top 100 posts now that goal has been reached.

Popular + Less Popular
$5 or more per month

You get new entries, Top 100 posts, plus access to LESS POPULAR, reviews and marks for songs which didn't get to Number 1 but which I feel the urge to write about. It will be a full month before these make it onto the website (and in some cases they won't at all)

Popular + Less Popular + Repopulated
$10 or more per month

You get new entries, Top 100 posts, access to Less Popular, and access to REPOPULATED, where I revisit entries from the earlier life of the site (mostly the 50s-70s ones) and expand on them. This will be EXCLUSIVE content to Patreon - though it may end up in an eventual book.


I'm also running a series of reviews of the "lost" #1s here, PARALLEL LINES - the records from 1955 to 1969 which topped assorted charts but got erased from the official record when the chart 'fixed' its history.

The Full Popular Package
$15 or more per month

You get the lot - new entries, Top 100 posts, access to Less Popular, Parallel Lines and Repopulated, AND the opportunity to take part in polls where you can guide my decisions as to which tracks I cover in those side features.