I'm guessing that if you're reading this, you fall into one of the following categories:
A.) Someone who knows me, but has never listened to the podcast (and probably never plans to).
B.) Someone who has listened a few times, and maybe liked or shared a few posts.
C.) Someone who has really enjoyed listening so far and likes what they've heard.
D.) Someone who couldn't care less about any of this and is just bored reading stuff on Facebook.
Though I'd prefer everyone to fall into group B or C, I totally understand why you might be in the other camps. Luckily though, there is something that ALL of you can do, regardless of what your situation is, to support the success of this podcast. And the best part is...the majority of the options don't involve spending any money.
So let's have a look, shall we?
1.) LEAVE A REVIEW ON ITUNES
THIS IS THE #1 THING YOU CAN DO TO HELP ME OUT!
Making a money contribution is awesome, but I didn't begin this because I thought it'd be a source of income. I'd much rather have more listeners, and there's nothing that brings more listeners to a podcast than seeing a lot of reviews on iTunes.
iTunes is how the majority of people consume podcasts, and they use some funky, mysterious algorithms to push certain podcasts to the homepage. If my podcast has 100 reviews, for example (and not all of them have to be 5 star, glowing, rave reviews either), then it has a better chance of being seen by some random lady in Des Moines who likes watching Ken Burns documentaries.
Nothing will be a better contribution to the future of the show than to receive as many reviews as possible. Think about it. If you were deciding between 2 products online and saw that one only had 2 reviews while the other had 52...which would you choose?
If that doesn't convince you, then maybe 50% off the Rebellion store will. Anyone who leaves a review on iTunes gets a discount code. I only have a limited number of discounts I can give, so hop to it!
2.) SUBSCRIBE TO REBELLION WHEREVER YOU LISTEN
There are so many different ways in which to access podcasts now, that I don't even know all of them. I host mine through SoundCloud, which you can visit anytime, regardless of account status. If you do open a free account there, you can subscribe to Rebellion so that it downloads automatically each time I upload a new episode.
But this isn't unique to SoundCloud, obviously. Pretty much any app that accesses podcasts will play mine. So what do you use? Stitcher? Overcast? iTunes? Something else? Regardless of how you listen, click SUBSCRIBE. Even if you don't have time to hear every single episode, it will be important for my site to gain new subscribers and see new downloads. The more this increases, the longer I can feasibly continue producing the show without losing a ton of money.
Just a couple of clicks and you'll be doing me a huge favor!
3.) BECOME A PATRON
Patrons are kind and generous souls who sign up at Patreon, a website that helps creators like me continue doing what they love. You can sign up and contribute as little as $1/month. The money helps cover the cost of running my website, hosting the podcast through SoundCloud, running the merchandise shop, purchasing books and journals for research, traveling to different historic locations, and ensuring high sound quality. My lovely patrons have already contributed enough for me to off-set some of the costs of running the website, and allowed me to buy a better microphone.
In return, those Patrons receive a number of perks. They get exclusive posts, an entire bonus podcast just for them called Uprising, in which I go into further detail about awesome stuff I didn't have time for in Rebellion. They also get permanent store discounts and a free copy of the Rebellion book that is in development.
Despite receiving some commitments from friends and fans already, the vast majority of production costs come out of my own pocket. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind that. I love putting in all the work it takes to craft these episodes, but the more it grows, the more difficult it will be to fully fund it.
If you're able, becoming a monthly Patron is one of the most direct ways of supporting the show.
4.) SHOP AT THE STORE
I mean, if you already like drinking your coffee or tea out of mugs, or wearing t-shirts/giving them to other people, then this might be the best option for you.
The profits I make from the store go directly toward production costs and nothing else (though if enough people shop there I guess I'll treat myself to a massage or something).
So the reason for supporting the show this way is pretty obvious - it's an exchange of goods. You pay money for a piece of merchandise, and I pay SoundCloud each month for storage space (the rest goes to my website developer, online store costs, and more).
Plus...you deserve it, right? Think about how good you'll feel for simultaneously purchasing a sweet new t-shirt AND helping out your boy over here so that he can continue creating something he loves. In other words...
BONUS.) TELL A TEACHER
I make these episodes to appeal to a broad audience of lovers-of-cool-stories and history buffs alike. But you know what else they're really good for? Students.
Last year, I personally used the podcast to teach my 4th grade students about the American Revolution. Not only did they learn a lot in their own personal time (I assigned them for extra credit), but it made them super excited about history.
The show works for students between grades 3-12, which seems broad, but you'd be surprised how well young people take to it. At a young age, it introduces students to American History and ignites their curiosity about the past. High Schoolers on the other hand get to learn about how important, exciting, and revealing it can be to utilize primary sources like letters and journals in their research. It models good essay writing and research, providing them with a good outline for an effective essay. It simultaneously covers a lot of Social Studies content, but is also useful for hitting those Speaking and Listening standards in ELA.
Through the website Teachers Pay Teachers, I provide full transcripts, vocabulary exercises, discussion questions, and comprehension worksheets to use alongside the podcast.
My number one goal is to provide people with a richer knowledge of the past, and show them the affect that the past has on the present. This couldn't be more vital for any other group than young people.
So if you know a teacher who might like to make use of these resources...let them know! It will hopefully help them awaken the inner historian that slumbers inside each of their students.
So that's it for now. There are definitely other simple ways to support the show like liking and sharing posts that I make about it, but these are definitely the best and most effective techniques (unless you can think of something else, then by all means, let me know by leaving a comment).
I hope you've enjoyed the episodes so far, and I hope you can choose at least one of the above strategies for spreading the word.