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The Frosty Mug

Help us continue to produce the internet's greatest roundup of all things Milwaukee Brewers for the 2015 season and beyond.

The Frosty Mug

Help us continue to produce the internet's greatest roundup of all things Milwaukee Brewers for the 2015 season and beyond.

$2,535
pledged of $10,500pledged of $10,500 goal
50
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 1 2015 5:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Frosty Mug debuted in March of 2008 at Brew Crew Ball (BrewCrewBall.com) and 2015 could be the eighth season for the internet's best source for coverage of all things Milwaukee Brewers. But I need your help.

The Mug is a one-stop opportunity to read linked and summarized Brewers and baseball-related material from hundreds of sources, ranging from obvious outlets like MLB.com and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all the way down to websites like Plunk Everyone, a daily blog cataloging batters hit by pitches in the previous day’s games.

Frosty Mug links are freshly gathered daily, then curated, organized and presented with a twinge of commentary in a timely fashion each weekday morning. The feature contains links to a wide variety of Brewers content spanning current news, commentary, minor league coverage, transactions and rumors, baseball economics, history and even comedy. This depth of content makes the Mug a daily must-read item for both the kind of fan that wants to know every detail about the team and those who want an expanded depth of coverage on a specific topic.

After six seasons at Brew Crew Ball and one with Milwaukee Magazine (milwaukeemag.com/blog/frostymug), I'm ready to move the Mug into its own dedicated space at my new site, BrewersFrostyMug.net. I'm hoping you'll help me raise the money to keep it there going forward.

Why am I coming to you now? After seven years of producing the Mug every weekday, I've reached the point where I need to generate significant, reliable income to sustain this project. I don't want to think about life without a Mug, but if this Kickstarter is not successful, I will shut down the new site and cease production of the Frosty Mug on Thursday, January 1.

With your help, however, I'm hoping to secure the Mug's future through the 2015-16 offseason. Whether you're a new or longtime reader, a potential advertiser or just someone who enjoys supporting baseball coverage, I've created a variety of support levels with you in mind. By the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training in February of 2016, I'm hoping to have alternate funding in place so I won't have to ask you for additional money.

If you're doing the math on my request (or if you're bad at math and need some help), then you know I'm not asking for much money. The Mug takes about 20 hours each week to produce, and I'm hoping to raise enough money to pay myself (and occasional fill-ins) roughly $25 per weekday to produce it. The rest of the proceeds will help cover web hosting, production and shipping of rewards and Kickstarter fees. 

When or if we reach that point, I also have some stretch goals I'm excited to share. 

Thank you very much for your interest in my project, and I hope I can count on your support.

Drink up.

Risks and challenges

For the vast majority of weekdays I produce the Mug myself, and on the occasions when I do take days off I typically have no problem finding talented writers who are willing to fill in for a day. My current primary backup is Eric Nehm, who handled or will handle each of my 10 anticipated off days in 2014. This project includes money for me to compensate guest posters who handle a day or two as needed. This should ensure I'm always able to find quality backups.

In seven years of producing the Frosty Mug I've only had two absences that stretched beyond a couple of days: In 2009 I took a few weeks off while I got married, went on a honeymoon and moved. I'm still happily married, so I don't anticipate needing to take time off for that reason again.

In 2013 I missed a few days due to a hand issue that limited my ability to type. In both cases I was able to find help to ensure my projects continued largely uninterrupted and the level of quality our readers expect was maintained.

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    Heartfelt thanks! Every dollar helps us reach our goal of continuing to produce the Frosty Mug and keeping you informed on all things Brewers.

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    Sponsor a day! Choose your birthday, anniversary, a significant event in Brewers history or just throw a dart at the calendar and I'll thank you in that day's Mug and throw in a message and/or link of your choosing (no offensive content, politics or religion).

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    The Frosty Mug t-shirt! Support at this level and we'll produce and send you a Frosty Mug t-shirt of your very own.

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    A shirt and a day! On top of the t-shirt mentioned at the $25 level, you also get to choose a day and I'll thank you in that day's Mug and throw in a message and/or link of your choosing (no offensive content, politics or religion).

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    Sponsor a week! Pick a week between spring training 2015 and 2016 and I'll thank you in every Mug that week and throw in a message and/or link of your choosing (no offensive content, politics or religion).

    Weekly sponsors and all sponsors above this level also receive a Frosty Mug t-shirt and any tangible goods resulting from stretch goals.

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    Sponsor a month! Pick a month between spring training 2015 and 2016 and I'll thank you in every Mug that month and throw in a message and/or link of your choosing (no offensive content, politics or religion).

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    Sponsor a day of the week! I'll thank you and include a message and/or link of your choosing (no offensive content, politics or religion) on your day every week for a year.

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    Sponsor the Mug! I'll thank you and include a message and/or link of your choosing (no offensive content, politics or religion) in every Mug for a year.

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Funding period

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