A few Kickstarter backers have asked this question, so I'm writing to all to clarify.
The Kickstarter campaign asked you help us launch our first issue. In return, we offered you rewards: books, t-shirts, party tickets, etc. But we did not offer memberships.
After we launched, we started memberships. Memberships are basically like subscriptions in the world of print journalism. It goes like this: We make a product, Belt. Then, instead of asking you to pay for this thing we make, we give it away for free. We still need revenue, of course. So we offer memberships, which come with promotions and discounts, to help us stay in business.
So if you are not a member and want to become one, just hop over to our store here. We would love the support. But membership is optional: you--and everyone-- can read Belt for free.
One more note: we have not automatically added your email to our weekly newsletter. If you want to opt-in to receive these emails, click here.
I hope this clarifies any confusion. And we hope you have been enjoying Belt. We certainly have enjoyed bringing it to you every Monday.
Anne Trubek, Editor-in-Chief