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Need-Based Discount


Accessibility is something I think a lot about.

It’s important to me that this newsletter — or gossip rag, or whatever you want to call it — is able to reach both people who have a lot of power and people who have much less power. And I think Hot Pod has been able to do that so far: after all, the weekly Tuesday newsletters are free; they are as accessible as they can be.

I hope to apply that principle of accessibility to the Hot Pod membership (a.k.a. “The Thing”) as well, in that both types of people are proportionally able to support the newsletter and to derive whatever I’m able to build behind the paywall, which I hope will become valuable as the community grows.

So! If you’re a little bit cash-strapped because:

  • You’re a student
  • You’re a freelancer
  • You’re one of those embattled per diems
  • You’re starting out in radio or podcasting
  • You’re going through a tough or weird or strange time

… I have a coupon code code that you can use at check-out to get a special $5/month membership rate. You can find the coupon code at the bottom of the page.

If you’re not cash-strapped, please consider not abusing the system. Hot Pod is an independent publication, and it also happens to the primary way I hope to make a living. I won’t — indeed, I can’t — enforce this system as a rule.

I’m going to have to leave that karma, and little else.

Pictured: Karma

And if you’re using the coupon code, please consider leaving a note telling me about your situation. This’ll help me accommodate your needs better. Use this Google Form.

[H/t to BR for this great need-based discount idea!]

Alright, here’s the code:


(And here’s the link to the membership sign-up.)