As the second week of the 2017 MaxFunDrive dawns (on the West Coast of the US, at least), we're sitting at 14,710 new and upgrading members, which is wild - thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has already contributed! Here's a few quick things to keep in mind as you're gearing up for your week:
ANNOUNCING WEEK TWO: DAY ONE BONUS CHALLENGE!
Or W2:D1BC for short (This is the year of acronyms. What can we say?). A generous MaxFunster who has been a listener from the very beginning (since Jesse and Jordan started putting The Sound Of Young America out on a podcast feed!) has issued a special challenge, for today only. He's pledged $2.50 for each new and upgrading member who acts today, up to 800 members! The count starts at 12:30 PM PT and ends at 11:59 PM PT. It's an extra special day to become a MaxFun member - if you've been on the fence, come on down and join! And thank you, generous mystery MaxFunster!
MAXFUN MEETUP DAY IS TOMORROW!
Make a new friend (or several) at your local MaxFun meetup! These listener-hosted gatherings are happening all around the world tomorrow, March 28th at 7:00 PM local time. To find your local meetup, just check out this page. If your area isn't represented, there's still time to make it on to the list! Just pick a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and she'll help you out.
BEN MEETS VANESSA!
The chicanery continues as The Greatest Generation's Benjamin Ahr Harrison showed up at listener Vanessa's home with a big ol' bouquet of flowers and a heart full of GRATITUDE. We wish we could do the same for every single one of you, but until transporters and replicators are real, we have to settle with the members in these videos as an audience surrogate.
TUNE IN FOR A GENUINE MAXFUN EXTRAVAGANZA
This Friday, at 7:00 PM PDT, we'll be ending the 2017 MaxFunDrive in a grand and festive fashion: with a livestream of some of our favorite LA-based MaxFun shows! Set yourself a calendar reminder, and check MaximumFun.org for details once Friday rolls around, because you won't want to miss this!
THE TREK TO 20K!
Y:L@TA2:L@TGCW/OY is still up in the air! Help us get to 20,000 and upgrading members, and we'll pull off the greatest podcast experiment of all time: a live podcast taping at The Grand Canyon. I've been there, and it delivers. Can you imagine how amazing it would be with PODCASTING? Help us reach our stretch goal, and elevate podcasting to the art form we always knew it could be by
WHOA, DID YOU HEAR?
It's only Day 5 of the 2017 MaxFunDrive, and we've already DESTROYED our goal of 10,000 new and upgrading monthly members! We're so thankful to everyone who already stepped up and joined or upgraded their membership during the drive. This is, by far, our most successful year yet, and we're amazed and humbled by your support. Thank you!
Saying "hey, thanks," is (always) priority one, but we wanted to give you a couple of quick updates, too, since we've passed such a major milestone!
20K STRETCH GOAL, UNLOCKED: Y: L@tA2: L@tGCWY
Maximum Fun is proud to announce our most astonishing MaxFunDrive event ever:
Yanni: Live at the Acropolis 2:
Live at the Grand Canyon Without Yanni
If we hit our stretch goal of twenty thousand new and upgrading donors, we will stage history's greatest podcast spectacular: a live podcast taping at the Grand Canyon. In the shadow of nature's grandeur, MaxFun hosts Erin Gibson, Travis McElroy, Jesse Thorn and Stuart Wellington will jape and jibe, to the delight of a live audience.
All will be welcome to attend this epochal podcasting event, but five lucky individuals will be able to do so in true MaxFun style: every MaxFun supporter will be entered into a drawing to win one of five dream trips to the show, including a luxury bus ticket and two-star accommodations at the Motel Six in Williams, Arizona. To top it all off, each winner will also receive a complimentary burro rental for the arduous journey through the canyon.
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE VIDEOS?
One of the most amazing things about our listeners is you are scattered all around the world. A friend in every corner of the globe! One of the biggest bummers about our listeners is, with you all scattered around the world and in every corner of the globe, it's basically impossible to look every single one of you in the eye and express our gratitude in person.
We recently got the chance to meet some amazing LA MaxFun members in person. By being just a teeny bit duplicitous, we were able to surprise them with some of their favorite MaxFun hosts and were able to convey (face-to-face) the message we want to share with all of you: thanks. We showed you Jesse meeting Lydia on Monday, and on Wednesday, we posted Pop Rocket's Guy Branum and Karen Tongson meeting Amelia. Today, watch Ross and Carrie meet Deven! Keep an eye out for more of these as the pledge drive continues!
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR MEETUP IS?
Don't forget! MaxFun Meetup Day is next Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM local time! You can see all of the meetups already on the agenda here. If your area isn't represented yet, don't fret! Just pick a place, email email@example.com with that location, and we'll add it to the list. If you're worried about a low turnout, invite a couple of friends. Worst case scenario, it turns into a lowkey friend hang, which is still PRETTY GREAT in our book.
CONSIDERING BECOMING A GOLDEN EAGLE?
If you've been thinking about taking the plunge to become a $100 monthly member, two of MaxFun's long-standing, generous supporters want to encourage you. Together, they have pledged $100 for each of the first 12 new or upgrading members who join at the Golden Eagle tier during the drive. Now, $100 per month is a huge ask, and we know this offer won't speak to all of our listeners. But if the thought of soaring with the Golden Eagles was already swimming through your head, this is a great way to make a huge impact on our organization, support the shows you love in a major way, and make your contribution go even further. A gigantic thank you to those generous donors for introducing this challenge!
THANK YOU AGAIN, DEAR MEMBERS!
To new, upgrading, and ongoing monthly members -- thank you! Your support makes the shows you love possible, and we are so grateful to you for that.
If you haven't become a member yet, why not knock it out now so you can enjoy the rest of the drive? Join now at just $5 per month to support your favorite podcasts and get us closer to our weird National Park party!
But who's alive to tell the story to ABC7 news?
Not the seal, that's for sure. HE GOT PUNCHED.