Hi friends. Today is the last day of the MaxFunDrive. Sorry I waited so long to tell you about this, but don’t worry you still have plenty of time to make the world a better place.
If you don’t already, you should consider listening to (and donating to) Maximum Fun. It’s a podcast network full of funny, informative, delightful shows. I started listening to it because John Hodgman started a show on there. I know about a lot of good things because of Hodgman. Frankly you should probably just listen to him.
I listened to Jordan, Jesse, Go! for hours when I couldn’t fall asleep on an old, slightly terrifying Russian sleeper train traveling through Poland. I listened to Sawbones while eating dinner, despite that week’s slightly nauseating topic. I listened to the Memory Palace at 3am in an empty station, waiting for a train to take me home. I listened to My Brother My Brother and Me as I unpacked and tried to fall asleep on the floor mattress the first night in my new apartment (everyone in a city needs to buy a split box spring, learn from my mistakes). Anyway, you get it.
Besides entertainment, Maximum Fun does amazing things like host a comedy and music festival on the open seas (BoatParty.biz), and run what essentially sounds like a summer camp for creative adults (MaxFunCon). On Boatparty.biz, I somehow made lifelong friends in the matter of 72 hours. Those people have offered me their homes to stay in, tickets to things, sent me links to things I love, introduced my to even more new awesome stuff, made me laugh, planned a vacation with me, and one of these people just helped me move. MOVE. That is crazy, you realize that, right? So trust me, you’re getting a lot more than some laughs. It’s a pretty good investment.
Everything Maximum Fun does, they are able to do because of listener support. Go to Maximumfun.org, check out a few shows, I guarantee you will find at least one you love. And if you really love it, consider donating so they can keep doing the things you and i love.
The MaxFunDrive is on now, and I thought I would share what Maximum Fun means to me, and why I am a donor.
Last year, I didn’t have the means to donate. I was underemployed and struggling in every possible way. My anxiety had become overwhelming, and I stopped being able to leave my house freely. I confined myself in my tiny bedroom because that was the only place I felt safe. I would be up all night and then pass out during the day. Obviously, that is not a safe or healthy thing to be doing, and I am proud to say I am in a much better place (both mentally and physically) now.
Confining myself to such a small space, I needed something to pass the time. Maximum Fun was always there for me. When I couldn’t get out of my own head, and I felt like I was going crazy, I could listen to Jordan and Jesse and just shut the voices in my head up for an hour. When I had to leave the house, I could have the brothers McElroy calming me down through my headphones. When I didn’t think I could take another week, I could remind myself that next Tuesday brought another Stop Podcasting Yourself, and I couldn’t miss hearing about Hulk Hogan. Maximum Fun helped save my life on more occasions than I think even I realize. They did this all while never asking me for anything. They did this all for free. They made me feel not so alone in my empty bedroom.
This is why I donate. Because of their help, I can donate. I have a job I love, and am living with a person I love (who loves maxfun because I introduced him to it on our first date). Maximum Fun only asks for our help once a year, but they help us every week in more ways than they could ever imagine.