- Financially sustain Unlikely Hikers. Yes, this is something I feel personally motivated to do and enjoy, but many aspects of it provide services that people are using. I put countless unpaid hours into this. Time is money and I don’t have enough of either.
- Plan out-of-Portland Unlikely Hiker meet-ups and do other community building events.
- Create simple merch to spread the Unlikely Hiker gospel.
- Obtain sponsorships and gear for hiking excellence. Want me to wear your plus-size clothing? Try your trail food? Use and review your gear? I can write reviews and take photos as promotion. Unlikely Hikers has a reach of more than 28k followers. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if this interests you.
- Plan a short thru-hike.
- Replace my decrepit ten-year-old laptop when its time comes.
- Write a book.
- Make this my full-time job and die of happiness.
I am currently doing this blog, planning group hikes and related events, participating in events I’ve been invited to because of my blog and Unlikely Hikers, working my actual day job and somehow making time to hike so I don’t lose my marbles. It is impossible to do it all.
These ventures are building invaluable community and I want to give them the attention they deserve. I am a high school dropout who’s spent all of my adult life struggling with just figuring out how to survive. I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities my peers have had due to lack of financial privilege and the emotional weight of struggling so much.
Now I know what I want to do and I’m doing it, but I can’t just create extra time and money where there is none. I believe in what I’m doing. If you do, too, please consider making a monthly donation to my Patreon.
If you’d rather not set up a Patreon account or prefer a one-time donation, there’s always good old Paypal or Venmo: @jenny-bruso
I have a lot of complicated feelings about crowdsourcing that come from a place of scarcity, fierce independence and just plain feeling weird about white, cis people asking for money. I have definitely seen some questionable crowdsourcing events! I also know that I am providing a service that people actually use. I am pledging to donate 5% of whatever I receive on a monthly basis to the Trans Assistance Project (TAP), a national trans-led organization that gives money to and advocates on behalf of trans folks attempting to navigate legal and bureaucratic systems.