The Token Skeptic Experiments with Crowdfunding

If you delve into skeptic media even a little bit, you probably already know who Kylie Sturgess is. For those who don’t, she’s a first-class communicator of science and skepticism, known best for her podcast and blog Token Skeptic, and her work writing at the Skeptical Inquirer website.

Podcasting, though, doesn’t pay the bills like it ought to. So Kylie’s taken to the indie fundraising site Patreon to crowdsource the funding of her podcasting work.

Consider this a personal endorsement on my part. Kylie does more for science communication and skeptical evangelism in one day than most do all their lives. Her podcast interviews are professional yet fun, enlightening but never overly-dense. It’s a show that deserves to be supported.

And that has nothing to do with the fact that I was on her show once. Or that she was on mine.

So pop on over to Patreon to give Kylie some help. It’s an interesting model that works by “subscribing” to give a certain amount per show, as little as a dollar an episode. And as with things like Kickstarter, there are “stretch goals” that allow Kylie to expand the scope of the project.

(And if it works out for her, maybe I’ll take a look at Patreon for my own little podcast.)

About Paul Fidalgo

Paul is communications director for the Center for Inquiry, as well as an actor and musician. His blog is iMortal, and he tweets as @paulfidalgo.


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