Tom Ewing

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

69

patrons

$393

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 want to fund 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 will let me carve a space in my life to get the project moving again and maybe even, one day, complete it. More than that, they will give me the opportunity to expand the scope of Popular in ways I've wanted to for a long time.

My initial goal is to reach a level of funding which lets me guarantee a fixed number of posts each month - patrons on any higher tier will see these entries early. I'll also be writing bonus entries about non-number one singles, revisiting some of the older and shorter pieces from the 50s and 60s, and giving patrons an opportunity to guide and prioritise these "side features" while the overall blog rolls steadily along.

Other plans I'll keep to myself - for now!

I've never attempted to monetize any of my online writing projects before - this is a scary step for me, and I will be thrilled and grateful to anyone who decides to back me in this.

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.

Early Readers
$2 or more per month

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

Popular + Less Popular
$5 or more per month

You get new entries, 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, 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.

The Full Popular Package
$15 or more per month

You get the lot - new entries, access to Less Popular 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
$393 of $500 per month
If I manage to hit this (frankly unlikely) total, I will start running my Top 100 Singles Of The 2010s, a sequel to my first ever web project, the Top 100 Singles Of The 1990s. What will be #1? Will I pick anything as embarrassing as "Rocks" by Primal Scream this time? I DON'T EVEN KNOW YET.
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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 want to fund 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 will let me carve a space in my life to get the project moving again and maybe even, one day, complete it. More than that, they will give me the opportunity to expand the scope of Popular in ways I've wanted to for a long time.

My initial goal is to reach a level of funding which lets me guarantee a fixed number of posts each month - patrons on any higher tier will see these entries early. I'll also be writing bonus entries about non-number one singles, revisiting some of the older and shorter pieces from the 50s and 60s, and giving patrons an opportunity to guide and prioritise these "side features" while the overall blog rolls steadily along.

Other plans I'll keep to myself - for now!

I've never attempted to monetize any of my online writing projects before - this is a scary step for me, and I will be thrilled and grateful to anyone who decides to back me in this.

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.

Early Readers
$2 or more per month

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

Popular + Less Popular
$5 or more per month

You get new entries, 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, 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.

The Full Popular Package
$15 or more per month

You get the lot - new entries, access to Less Popular 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.