Beloved Allusionati, gather round a sec; there's something I need to talk to you about.
Radiotopia from PRX is the best thing I have ever been a part of*. Not only did they enable me to make this show, which is the greatest job I have ever had**, I get to do it in association with this bunch of top-notch shows.
And now we all need your help. Because...
It's fundraising time!
This time last year, Radiotopia's fundraiser turned out to be the biggest journalism campaign in Kickstarter history, thanks to which The Allusionist was born, and several other shows were also added to the collective - Radiotopia has nearly doubled in size this year, from seven to thirteen shows. If you listen to any of them, please consider helping to keep them going! We all want Radiotopia to keep going, for as long as possible and as well as possible. When you become a recurring donor to Radiotopia, you're directly funding independent creators to make the audio you love, and we'll work our arses off to make that audio the absolute best we can.
And if you chip in enough money, we'll be able to make the aforementioned audio even better. We're all operating on slender resources. Eg the Allusionist is made by a team of one*** - who is, unfortunately, me, not a super-whizzy audiobot with eight limbs and fifteen brains. I'd love to have the means to build that audiobot. Or at least to be able to afford to hire people to work with occasionally.
So if you are able****, please visit on.prx.org/radiotopia-forever to become a Radiotopia donor for as little as $1 a month (£0.65, Brits). What else are you going to spend that on - a single KitKat a month, or thirteen shows producing hours and hours of aural delights per month, plus bonus content, show T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, and EXCLUSIVE 99% INVISIBLE CHALLENGE COINS?
That KitKat is seriously going to have to raise its game.
Oh, and also, if we can get 5,000 donors by 26th October, Slack have promised to kick in an extra $25,000. So don't wait around. Go! Go!!
* Yes, I AM ending a sentence with a preposition. Those 18th-century Latin-loving grammarians can shove it.
** I once had a job where I was sent on holiday, so the bar is high.
*** And the worst thing is, there's nobody I can fire in a fit of pique.
**** Don't worry if you're not - I fully understand; I have been there. Before I started this show, I'd been earning fuck-all as a podcaster for eight years. No exaggeration, I was too poor to leave my flat for most of those eight years, let alone fund podcasts (something which I now love doing). But you can still be a huge help without spending any money: tell like-minded individuals to listen to this show, and the other Radiotopes.