Reminder

This website is supported mostly by readers’ donations. You can help by pledging a monthly contribution to our Patreon campaign. You choose the amount to contribute, and you can change or cancel your pledge at any time. In return we offer bonus posts and other rewards — see the page for details.

If you prefer, there’s a separate Patreon campaign, with different rewards, for our podcast. You can also make a one-time donation via the Donate button in the sidebar. My sincere thanks to everyone who’s contributed — we couldn’t continue without you.

I also want to thank Dan Farrow for his recent help in fixing up the website’s design and Daniel Summers for his ceaseless reliability in administering the server.

Reminder

You can get bonus posts and other rewards by supporting me on Patreon — plus the satisfaction of keeping the site going. Interact with me and other readers, browse the growing archive of bonus material, see my book recommendations, and more. You choose the amount to contribute, and you can change or cancel it at any time. See the Patreon page for details. Thanks!

Housekeeping

A few miscellaneous things:

  1. I’m going to pull back a bit on the social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) — there’s just no time to maintain them at the rate I’d been going. I’ll retain the accounts, but I haven’t really figured out exactly what I’ll do with them. Thanks again to Meaghan Walsh Gerard for setting them up.
  2. Just a reminder that we’ve updated the email feed to a new service with no advertising — you can sign up using the “Subscribe via Email” form at the bottom of the sidebar. If you’re subscribed to the old service, you can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of any of those mailings. (I’ll keep supporting the old service, so you can keep it if you like.)
  3. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to the Patreon campaign to support the website. Through Patreon you can sign up to make a monthly contribution to keep me going — you choose the amount to contribute, and you can change or cancel it whenever you like. If you pledge at least $3 per month, you’ll receive 10-15 bonus posts per month, and there are other rewards as well — see the page for details. As the campaign ramps up I am hoping to remove advertising from the website, which has been a long-term goal of mine. More on that in a bit.

I suppose I ought to mention also that there are Futility Closet books and a podcast! The books include some of my favorite posts from the site’s 10-year history, and the podcast explores a variety of historical curiosities in greater depth. I’ve been pretty terrible at promoting these things, but they’re additional ways of supporting us. Thanks for reading!

Patreon

Want more Futility Closet? You can get bonus posts and other rewards by signing up to support Futility Closet on Patreon, where you can pledge a recurring donation to help keep the site going. I greatly appreciate every contribution, and I’ve set up some benefits to help thank you for your support — in particular, if you pledge at least $3 a month, you’ll receive 10-15 bonus posts each month, emailed directly to you.

You can also make a one-time contribution via the Donate button at the bottom of the sidebar. Thanks for your help, and thanks for reading!

Designer

I’m looking for a WordPress theme designer to do some work on the site. Ideally I’d like to work with someone who’s familiar with Futility Closet, as it’s hard to describe to newcomers. If you’re available and have experience working on WordPress themes, please write to me at greg@futilitycloset.com. Thanks.

Thanks for Your Help!

Thanks so much to the 148 readers who have contributed to my Patreon campaign to help save this website. Every contribution is invested directly in the site, helping me to post more frequently, to keep up with our ongoing costs, and to invest in some badly needed improvements.

If you value Futility Closet and want to help support it, please consider donating to the campaign. You can contribute as much or as little as you like, and I’ve set up some rewards to help thank you, including bonus posts and descriptions of some of the more curious books I come across in my research. Thanks for your help, and thanks for reading.

Email Feed

I’m changing our email feed — instead of a daily digest you can now sign up to receive the full text of each new post as soon as it’s published. And, unlike the old feed, this one contains no advertising. If you’d like to try it, you can sign up using the box at the bottom of the sidebar.

If you want to stick with the old feed, that’s no problem — it will keep running as it always has (though, to avoid confusion, I’ve removed the signup form from this website). If you want to unsubscribe from that feed, see the link at the foot of any of those mailings.

Thanks

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far to the Patreon campaign to keep the site going. I’m very grateful for every contribution, of any size, but unfortunately the total so far is not enough to justify the many hours a week it takes to run the site.

Ad revenue is now so low that I’m going to have to start limiting the time I put into the site. I’ll continue to post 10-15 posts per month to Patreon, to thank those supporters; and I’ll post here as often as I can, but unfortunately the frequency will probably drop.

This site has always been close to my heart, so I’ve been trying for some time to find a way forward. Unfortunately I’m having to start facing some harsh realities. I’m still hopeful that if either traffic or pledges increase I’ll be able to resume a more normal schedule. I’ll continue to post updates here; you can reach me at greg@futilitycloset.com.

Patreon

Many thanks to everyone who’s contributed to our new Patreon campaign to support the website. This site takes a huge investment of time each month to research and write, and I need your help to keep it going.

I’ve set up some rewards to help thank you for your contributions, including bonus posts, monthly descriptions of particularly interesting books and resources that I come across in my research, public thanks on the Futility Closet website, and a forum in which you can interact with me and with other readers.

You can contribute as much or as little as you like, and you can change or cancel your pledge at any time. Thanks again to everyone who’s contributed!

Pledge now to the Patreon campaign!

Thanks!

It’s been six months since my New Year’s post about the future of Futility Closet. The site takes an enormous amount of time to research and administer, and I’ve been working hard to find a way to keep it going. I’d like to thank everyone who has offered their help and advice — you’ve been wonderfully supportive, and that’s encouraged me to find a way to continue.

After considering various options, I’ve decided to launch a Patreon campaign to support the website, similar to one we’re running to support the podcast.

Patreon is a way for fans to support projects they value by pledging a regular monthly donation. You choose the amount to contribute, and you can change or cancel it whenever you like.

In return I’ve set up some rewards to help thank you. In particular, if you pledge at least $3 a month, about 70 cents a week, I’ll send you 2-3 bonus posts each week. By default these will be sent to you by email, but you can also read them on Patreon, where you can also leave comments and interact with me and with other users.

I’ll continue to publish posts regularly here, and you can read them here or via email, RSS, or social media, as you always have.

Thanks for considering this. With your help I’m hoping we can continue for many more years. If you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at greg@futilitycloset.com. Thanks again for all your good wishes, and for all your expressions of support!

Click here to view the Patreon campaign.