James Olchowski is creating The Valley Nerd Watch
5

patrons

$8
per Weekly Issue
Why I'm on Patreon:
The Valley Nerd Watch is a labor of love, and I'm really happy that people have found it useful. It also takes 5+ hours a week minimum to create, and that's a decent chunk of time. When there are a lot of events, or I'm working on an interview or longer feature, it takes even longer.

With a full-time job, I don't always have the option to do as much as I want to with the site.

I'm on Patreon because I want to focus on improving The Valley Nerd Watch. I want to be able to dedicate time and energy to making it a more useful site for both local creators and local people.

What You'll Get:

$1 per Weekly Issue -
A sincere Thanks.

Wait, let's try that again. A sincere thanks! See? I'm working hard to deliver top-quality sincerity. Also I'll send you a top-quality Nerd Watch logo sticker!

$1.50 per Weekly Issue - All prior rewards plus Investigation/Evaluation.

Are you interested in knowing if there's a _____ nearby? Do you want to know if anyone around here can _____? Email me not more than one question a week and I'll do my level best to figure it out using my own extensive Valley Knowledge and network of spies. Results not guaranteed. 

Want to know more before you dive into an event? At this level you can request one event per month for me to attend and evaluate in whatever manner you see fit. Want to know whether or not you'd feel comfortable with the crowd? Want to know how intense the players are? Whether or not it matters that you can't draw? Whether the crowd is too old or too young? I'll attend, find out what I can, and give you a detailed report, which (with some editing and redacting of any personally identifiable information) will be published on the site to hep others!

$2.50 per Weekly Issue - All prior rewards plus Influence/Acknowledgement.

Want to see a particular local creator's work reviewed? Want to see a particular person interviewed? Want a particular event highlighted at the top of the newsletter? You'll get to contact me with your requests once a month and I'll get to work on the content you want to prioritize! All work will be subject to my approval.

As a thank-you for your generosity I'll put your chosen name and a bio paragraph pinned to the top of the site under a special Thank You section, all bios subject to my approval.

What I'll Do With Your Money

Advertising: The Valley Nerd Watch is a magical being kept alive by attention. Print, radio, and internet advertising gets the site attention it sorely needs! More attention means more support for local businesses and creators, which means more events and creations to talk about! It's a virtuous cycle.

More Features: Do you like interviews, reviews, in-depth discussions of the life and livelihood of creators in the Valley? I do too! It's just that it takes a friggin lot of time and money. With your help, I'll be able to dedicate myself to writing longer-form pieces more often.

A Better Site: This is the big one. Right now the Nerd Watch site works just alright. It does about what I need it to do each week. But it could be so much more! I want to work on making the site a useful resource for creators, fans, and businesses in the Valley. I want to make it easier to get exactly what you're into out of the site, too! With your help, there'll be no more scrolling down a huge list to find out if there's new RPG stuff this week!

Bigger and Better Things: The Nerd Watch is, first and foremost, about helping out local folks. Telling people about the great events and creators in the Valley is only one way to do that. With your help I can move forward with plans to help out more people in a more substantial manner! 

Who Am I?

If this is self-referential, I can't help you. If instead you're reading this with the presumption that I, the writer, am asking you who I am then I can give a few details.

- Right now I work full-time with social services in the area. It is by all accounts the best job I've ever had!
- I also co-run and host Nerd Nite NoHo with a pal. It's pretty great and you should check it out! Local folks speaking about their interests and areas of expertise.
- I write the Valley Nerd Watch, even though we always use the royal "we", it's just me!
- I spend far too much time playing computer games, and I miss getting to play co-op with my dad not only for cats in the cradle maudlin reasons but because it was a way to play Diablo for 6 hours at a time without feeling guilty about it.
- I'm a huge fan of board games, but more for the excuse to hang out with folks for hours at a time than a deep appreciation of strategy. I tend to lose often!

Tiers
Thanks! (Sincere)
$1 or more per Weekly Issue 1 patron
A sincere Thanks. Wait, let's try that again. A sincere thanks! See? I'm working hard to deliver top-quality sincerity. Also I'll send you a top-quality Valley Nerd Watch sticker!
Investigation & Evaluation!
$1.50 or more per Weekly Issue 0 of 15 patrons
All prior rewardsplus Investigation/Evaluation.

Are you interested in knowing if there's a _____ nearby? Do you want to know if anyone around here can _____? Email me not more than one question a week and I'll do my level best to figure it out using my own extensive Valley Knowledge and network of spies. Results not guaranteed.

Want to know more before you dive into an event? At this level you can request one event per month for me to attend and evaluate in whatever manner you see fit. Want to know whether or not you'd feel comfortable with the crowd? Want to know how intense the players are? Whether or not it matters that you can't draw? Whether the crowd is too old or too young? I'll attend, find out what I can, and give you a detailed report, which (with some editing and redacting of any personally identifiable information) will be published on the site to hep others!
Influence & Acknowledgement
$2.50 or more per Weekly Issue 2 of 5 patrons
All prior rewards plus Influence/Acknowledgement.

Want to see a particular local creator's work reviewed? Want to see a particular person interviewed? Want a particular event highlighted at the top of the newsletter? You'll get to contact me with your requests once a month and I'll get to work on the content you want to prioritize! All work will be subject to my approval.

As a thank-you for your generosity I'll put your chosen name and a bio paragraph pinned to the top of the site under a special Thank You section, all bios subject to my approval.
Goals
$8 of $75 per Weekly Issue
We spend a lot of time manually entering information to make the newsletter happen, and we'd really like to stop typing anything inessential. With this site upgrade, we can start automatically scraping information from Google Calendars in order to present more events to you faster and more consistently!
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Why I'm on Patreon:
The Valley Nerd Watch is a labor of love, and I'm really happy that people have found it useful. It also takes 5+ hours a week minimum to create, and that's a decent chunk of time. When there are a lot of events, or I'm working on an interview or longer feature, it takes even longer.

With a full-time job, I don't always have the option to do as much as I want to with the site.

I'm on Patreon because I want to focus on improving The Valley Nerd Watch. I want to be able to dedicate time and energy to making it a more useful site for both local creators and local people.

What You'll Get:

$1 per Weekly Issue -
A sincere Thanks.

Wait, let's try that again. A sincere thanks! See? I'm working hard to deliver top-quality sincerity. Also I'll send you a top-quality Nerd Watch logo sticker!

$1.50 per Weekly Issue - All prior rewards plus Investigation/Evaluation.

Are you interested in knowing if there's a _____ nearby? Do you want to know if anyone around here can _____? Email me not more than one question a week and I'll do my level best to figure it out using my own extensive Valley Knowledge and network of spies. Results not guaranteed. 

Want to know more before you dive into an event? At this level you can request one event per month for me to attend and evaluate in whatever manner you see fit. Want to know whether or not you'd feel comfortable with the crowd? Want to know how intense the players are? Whether or not it matters that you can't draw? Whether the crowd is too old or too young? I'll attend, find out what I can, and give you a detailed report, which (with some editing and redacting of any personally identifiable information) will be published on the site to hep others!

$2.50 per Weekly Issue - All prior rewards plus Influence/Acknowledgement.

Want to see a particular local creator's work reviewed? Want to see a particular person interviewed? Want a particular event highlighted at the top of the newsletter? You'll get to contact me with your requests once a month and I'll get to work on the content you want to prioritize! All work will be subject to my approval.

As a thank-you for your generosity I'll put your chosen name and a bio paragraph pinned to the top of the site under a special Thank You section, all bios subject to my approval.

What I'll Do With Your Money

Advertising: The Valley Nerd Watch is a magical being kept alive by attention. Print, radio, and internet advertising gets the site attention it sorely needs! More attention means more support for local businesses and creators, which means more events and creations to talk about! It's a virtuous cycle.

More Features: Do you like interviews, reviews, in-depth discussions of the life and livelihood of creators in the Valley? I do too! It's just that it takes a friggin lot of time and money. With your help, I'll be able to dedicate myself to writing longer-form pieces more often.

A Better Site: This is the big one. Right now the Nerd Watch site works just alright. It does about what I need it to do each week. But it could be so much more! I want to work on making the site a useful resource for creators, fans, and businesses in the Valley. I want to make it easier to get exactly what you're into out of the site, too! With your help, there'll be no more scrolling down a huge list to find out if there's new RPG stuff this week!

Bigger and Better Things: The Nerd Watch is, first and foremost, about helping out local folks. Telling people about the great events and creators in the Valley is only one way to do that. With your help I can move forward with plans to help out more people in a more substantial manner! 

Who Am I?

If this is self-referential, I can't help you. If instead you're reading this with the presumption that I, the writer, am asking you who I am then I can give a few details.

- Right now I work full-time with social services in the area. It is by all accounts the best job I've ever had!
- I also co-run and host Nerd Nite NoHo with a pal. It's pretty great and you should check it out! Local folks speaking about their interests and areas of expertise.
- I write the Valley Nerd Watch, even though we always use the royal "we", it's just me!
- I spend far too much time playing computer games, and I miss getting to play co-op with my dad not only for cats in the cradle maudlin reasons but because it was a way to play Diablo for 6 hours at a time without feeling guilty about it.
- I'm a huge fan of board games, but more for the excuse to hang out with folks for hours at a time than a deep appreciation of strategy. I tend to lose often!

Recent posts by James Olchowski

Tiers
Thanks! (Sincere)
$1 or more per Weekly Issue 1 patron
A sincere Thanks. Wait, let's try that again. A sincere thanks! See? I'm working hard to deliver top-quality sincerity. Also I'll send you a top-quality Valley Nerd Watch sticker!
Investigation & Evaluation!
$1.50 or more per Weekly Issue 0 of 15 patrons
All prior rewardsplus Investigation/Evaluation.

Are you interested in knowing if there's a _____ nearby? Do you want to know if anyone around here can _____? Email me not more than one question a week and I'll do my level best to figure it out using my own extensive Valley Knowledge and network of spies. Results not guaranteed.

Want to know more before you dive into an event? At this level you can request one event per month for me to attend and evaluate in whatever manner you see fit. Want to know whether or not you'd feel comfortable with the crowd? Want to know how intense the players are? Whether or not it matters that you can't draw? Whether the crowd is too old or too young? I'll attend, find out what I can, and give you a detailed report, which (with some editing and redacting of any personally identifiable information) will be published on the site to hep others!
Influence & Acknowledgement
$2.50 or more per Weekly Issue 2 of 5 patrons
All prior rewards plus Influence/Acknowledgement.

Want to see a particular local creator's work reviewed? Want to see a particular person interviewed? Want a particular event highlighted at the top of the newsletter? You'll get to contact me with your requests once a month and I'll get to work on the content you want to prioritize! All work will be subject to my approval.

As a thank-you for your generosity I'll put your chosen name and a bio paragraph pinned to the top of the site under a special Thank You section, all bios subject to my approval.