- Financially sustain this blog and Unlikely Hikers. I put countless unpaid hours into both. Time is money and I don’t have enough of either.
- Update the blog weekly.
- Write paid articles for publications.
- Obtain sponsorships and gear for hiking excellence. Want me to wear your plus-size clothing? Try your trail food? Use and review your gear? Put an ad on my website? I can write reviews and take photos as promotion. Unlikely Hikers has a reach of more than 17k followers. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if this interests you.
- Take a few days off from my day job each month to be able to adventure, write and work on these projects.
- Plan out-of-Portland Unlikely Hiker meet-ups and do other community building events.
- Create simple merch to spread the Unlikely Hiker gospel.
- Plan a short thru-hike.
- Replace my decrepit ten-year-old laptop when its time comes.
- Write a book.
- Make this my actual job and die of happiness.
I have dreams. I am making them come true, but I need help. I am taking a leap of faith and asking YOU, dear reader, for help.
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, until recent years, struggling with just figuring out how to not be a screw up. I’m not someone who can ask my parents or a relative for money and 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. I believe in myself. Do you believe in me? Please consider donating to my Patreon. Patreon is awesome because it is a monthly recurring donation.
If you’d rather not set up a Patreon account or prefer a one-time donation, there’s always good old Paypal.
I don’t want to talk about amounts or tell anyone what they might donate. Anything feels good to me. One extremely baseline example: if just 10 people donated just $10 a month, I could take a day off.
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 feel like what’s the harm in simply asking? 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. Should I receive more than I anticipate, I will add another organization.