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Gift a Chorus.fm Membership

With the holiday season coming up, this is just a quick plug of our “gift a membership” option. If you’re looking to get someone in our forums a special gift, this is a non-renewing, one time, $25 option. You’ll be gifting all the perks of membership: an ad-free, Dark Mode, exclusive content experience for an entire year.

Site Update: A Few Changes to the Ad System Coming

One of the biggest challenges to running this website has been figuring out a business model that works, and that allows me to sleep well at night. This website is my full-time job, and the income it provides is how I put food on the table. My goal from the start has been to find a way to make this website the only job I have to have.1 Right now I do some consulting work to make up the difference between what the website brings in and what my family needs. The vast majority of the website’s revenue comes from our readers and our supporter system. It’s because of all the people that read this website and visit our forums that it exists.

Over the past two years I’ve played around with a few other ways to bring in additional revenue, the main one being advertising. I set up a self-serve advertising system where anyone could buy display ads on the website, and I priced them way under what most websites charge for the number of impressions they would get. Unfortunately, they never sold as well as I hoped they would. So, it’s time to try something different again.


  1. The long-term goal was, and continues to be, to hopefully find a way to expand the website into an entity that could support more than one person.

One Last Supporter Pitch in August

Today’s the last day of August, and since I’ve made it a goal of mine to pitch the supporter upgrades this month as I get ready to figure out what the next year of Chorus and my work schedule needs to look like, I’d like to do it one last time:

I’ve run some of the math, and basically, if everyone reading this signed up for just one year, this website would be sustainable basically immediately for multiple years. If only a small fraction of the people reading this right now signed up, this website is viable for me to keep running as my full-time job for another year. And, that’s the ultimate goal.

Thanks to everyone that has signed up. Your support made it so I could spend more time writing this past month, and it’s felt really good to do that again.

Fast Supporter Pitch Before the End of August

Two weeks ago I made a quick pitch for why August was a great month to become a supporting member. As we get close to the end of the month, I just wanna give that one last boost as we move into fall.

I’ve run some of the math, and basically, if everyone reading this signed up for just one year, this website would be sustainable basically immediately for multiple years. If only a small fraction of the people reading this right now signed up, this website is viable for me to keep running as my full-time job for another year. And, that’s the ultimate goal.

A Quick Pitch for Becoming a Supporting Member

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your account and becoming a supporting member of this website, I’d love to encourage you to do so during the month of August. As we start moving toward fall, and the end of the year (holy-shit-time-goes-fast), it’s that time where I start thinking about finances and the sustainability of the website. I’ve run some of the math, and basically, if everyone reading this signed up for just one year, this website would be sustainable basically immediately for multiple years. If only a small fraction of the people reading this right now signed up, this website is viable for me to keep running as my full-time job for another year. And, that’s the ultimate goal.

When you upgrade your forum account you gain access to exclusive content, Dark Mode, an ad-free browsing experience, and the supporter forum.

Even if you don’t have a forum account but want access to Dark Mode and an ad-free experience on the main website, you can become a patron for only $3 per month (or $25 annually) and you’ll get the perks while also helping us maintain our independence as a publisher.

I’m making plans for next year right now and the goal is to re-launch Encore, continue improving and adding new features to the forums, and start writing even more long-form reviews/pieces here on the website. Thank you to everyone that’s continued to help make this dream a reality every single day.

Happy Fourth of July

Today is the 4th of July holiday so we will be on a more relaxed posting schedule. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable day and we’ll be back to our regular schedule tomorrow.

I’ll be spending some time with the family and doing a little bbq and baseball watching.

Upgrade Your Account: No Ads and Dark Mode for $25 a Year

You can upgrade your forum account to unlock Dark Mode and remove advertisements from this website. For as little as $3 per month or $25 per year you’ll get all the forum perks and you’ll be helping support this website and support its continued development.

This website can’t exist without your support. If you have the means, please consider signing up. With the the current economics on the internet, and our decision to respect you and not fill the website with disgusting ads and trackers, we need the support of readers like you to exist.

Thank you.

No Ads and Dark Mode for $25 a Year

You can upgrade your forum account to unlock Dark Mode and remove advertisements from this website. For as little as $3 per month or $25 per year you’ll get all the forum perks and you’ll be helping support this website and support its continued development.

This website can’t exist without your support. If you have the means, please consider signing up. With the the current economics on the internet, and our decision to respect you and not fill the website with disgusting ads and trackers, we need the support of readers like you to exist.

Thank you.

Upgrade Your Account: No Ads and Dark Mode for $25 a Year

You can upgrade your forum account to unlock Dark Mode and remove advertisements from this website. For as little as $3 per month or $25 per year you’ll get all the forum perks and you’ll be helping support this website and support its continued development.

This website can’t exist without your support. If you have the means, please consider signing up. With the the current economics on the internet, and our decision to respect you and not fill the website with disgusting ads and trackers, we need the support of readers like you to exist.

Thank you.

Forum Highlight: “Chorus Music Club Society”

One of the best parts of our forum community are the bonds people create over introducing someone to a new band, or album, they haven’t heard before. One of the great ways this happens is in the “Chorus Music Club Society” thread. As the brainchild of forum user Bad Frequencies I figured it was best to have him describe it:

The Chorus Music Club Society (CMCS) is a music trade and review club that functions like a book club and is a gateway to get exposed to music you wouldn’t have thought to listen to before and expose others to your favorites. Each session, which runs Monday through the following Monday, you are partnered with someone different. The two of you talk and decide between 1-2 albums to trade with eachother at the beginning of the session that the other hasn’t heard before. Throughout the week, you listen to the albums your partner has given you and when you have a good grasp on it, report back and review it (why you liked/didn’t like it, favorite/least favorite songs, rating, RIYL and so on).

There is no length requirement for the review, they can be as long or short as you like, as long as it expresses your feelings on the album. This allows you to meet people you wouldn’t have met before on the threads, listen to artists you might not have thought to listen to, and share your favorites with others in a sense of community and a sharing of love for music. Many of us have discovered new favorite albums this way! On top of this, we also have added reviews of concerts you have been to as well as release day reviews, which are optional.

It’s very simple to join, simply contact Bad Frequencies or post in the thread saying you want to join or have questions.

Upgrade Your Account: No Ads and Dark Mode for $25 a Year

You can upgrade your forum account to unlock Dark Mode and remove advertisements from this website. For as little as $3 per month or $25 per year you’ll get all the forum perks and you’ll be helping support this website and support its continued development.

This website can’t exist without your support. If you have the means, please consider signing up. With the the current economics on the internet, and our decision to respect you and not fill the website with disgusting ads and trackers, we need the support of readers like you to exist.

Thank you.

Light Posting This Week Due to Illness

I woke up yesterday with a pretty severe bout of vertigo. This happens from time to time and usually passes within a few days at most. Today it’s a little bit better, so I’ll be trying to get some news updated on the website and then resting so that I can hopefully be back to 100% soon.

Upgrade Your Account: No Ads and Dark Mode for $25 a Year

You can upgrade your forum account to unlock Dark Mode and remove advertisements from this website. For as little as $3 per month or $25 per year you’ll get all the forum perks and you’ll be helping support this website and support its continued development.

This website can’t exist without your support. If you have the means, please consider signing up. With the the current economics on the internet, and our decision to respect you and not fill the website with disgusting ads and trackers, we need the support of readers like you to exist.

Thank you.

Support This Website for Pennies a Day

Do you like this website? Please consider becoming a supporting member and helping us maintain our publishing independence. You’ll get Dark Mode, exclusive content, and a variety of other perks on the main website and in our forums for only $3 a month (or $25 a year).

Thank you to all of our current supporters and all the readers that make this website possible.

Support This Website for Pennies a Day

Do you like this website? Please consider becoming a supporting member and helping us maintain our publishing independence. You’ll get Dark Mode, exclusive content, and a variety of other perks on the main website and in our forums for only $3 a month (or $25 a year).

Thank you to all of our current supporters and all the readers that make this website possible.

Support This Website for Pennies a Day

Do you like this website? Please consider becoming a supporting member and helping us maintain our publishing independence. You’ll get Dark Mode, exclusive content, and a variety of other perks on the main website and in our forums for only $3 a month (or $25 a year).

Thank you to all of our current supporters and all the readers that make this website possible.

Support This Website for Pennies a Day

Do you like this website? Please consider becoming a supporting member and helping us maintain our publishing independence. You’ll get Dark Mode, exclusive content, and a variety of other perks on the main website and in our forums for only $3 a month (or $25 a year).

Thank you to all of our current supporters and all the readers that make this website possible.