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February 2016



Introducing “The Thing” (Beta)

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I’m really excited (and nervous) to announce the soft launch of Hot Pod’s new paid membership pool, “The Thing“!

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… yeah, I really leaned into that joke. Sorry.

When you sign up for “The Thing,” you’re supporting the news gathering, analysis, and punditry that I do on Hot Pod. But you’re also joining what I hope will become a strong, informed, and connected community of podcast, radio, and audio folks.

As a member, you’ll get:

  • A Friday Newsletter. This members-only newsletter will feature wonkier updates, analysis, and writing about the podcasting space for now. Over time, I hope to shape it into what I’m calling a “community-driven newsletter.” More on that at a later date.
  • Members Only Forum (coming soon!). Meet other Hot Pod readers, discuss, connect, maybe collaborate. This should be up by next week.

And more stuff to come soon!

Memberships cost $7 a month. (I’ve also got a “need-based discount” situation for some folks. More details on that here. I dunno, seemed like a good idea at the time.)

You can sign up to be a member of “The Thing” straight from this link, or from the bar on the right.

I’ll be developing more features for The Thing to increase and differentiate its value to members over time — stuff like live shows, educational resources, maybe even a conference. This is all an experiment, and I’m hoping to try out a bunch of stuff to maybe create something new and special.

And to be clear: nothing changes with the Tuesday Hot Pods. Those’ll come out the same time, contain the same kind of stuff, go down the same rabbit holes.

Thanks for being a reader, and I hope to serve you well in the days to come.