Join me on Patreon!

Greetings Adventurers!

Well folks, I thought a long time about this… as in pretty much the entire 2016 hiking season… and decided that I would give it a go!

I have joined Patreon and am now inviting folks to become a patron and join me in something new!

There are things that I have wanted to do that my website and facebook are just not really setup to do, and Patreon seems to be the idea solution.

For a dollar, or three dollar, or ten dollar, each month (or more, hey it is totally up to you) you can help me have a bit of extra money for trail food, pay my website bills, and all that good stuff. But that is not the important part here…

What is, is that as a ‘thanks for supporting me‘ – depending on the level of patronage – you will get to have access to stuff that I will not post on my website and/or on facebook, maybe get early access to some of my articles and videos, and maybe even a place to chat with me (which you are always welcome to do so on facebook), and maybe the chance to participate in some live chat sessions (via a mobile app), and perhaps even the chance to have me call you a couple times a year and talk about your gear, or my gear, or almost anything else related to hiking — what features you get is all based on what level you support patron at, which is all explained on my main patreon page.

So how is this going to be different from my website or facebook?

Good question… and the main question that I have been asking myself for most of the year. I really think it will all just come down to the fact that Patreon offers the ability to have a community in a better way than my website, and outside of facebook (which I know, a lot of you are always telling me you refuse to use facebook… so here is your chance to use something other than facebook!!)

Patron, in many ways is a community that perhaps offers me/us the ability to do things that I would not use my website for, and that can be something that is not facebook. Not that I will be abandoning my website and/or facebook, but rather that I want to post more, or perhaps maybe different stuff than what I usually post on my facebook page, and stuff that would not even think about posting on my hikelighter website – which I try really hard to keep focused on articles.

Anyway, yeah, anybody that would like a bit more insight into my life, my thoughts, my writings, my adventures, and all that stuff, I invite you to head on over to my patreon page and become a patron!

If I am lucky enough to have some of you join me over there, and it actually generates some revenue, know that the funds will go right into my annual hiking budget, which, honestly, is insanely expensive, and could use whatever help it can get!

Again, my patreon page is:

ps: while you are over there, you should also become a patron of Joe Brewer!

ps: yes, I am very hairy right now… getting close to one year without taking any scissors or shears to my body… why… I really have no idea… doh!

ps: to those who are anti-patreon, anti-kickstart, and as the great PMags terms it, the Go Fund-Yourself issue (which what guys like Joe Brewer and now myself are doing are far from that)… anyway… yeah, I know… really… I know… it is why I hesitated for an entire year! I just think patreon has the potential to help open up some new ways to doing things I have wanted to do. Trust me when I say it is not about the money… I came really close to just having a single patron level of $1.00 (the minimum amount you can have at patreon) but then a friend and fellow hiker that I respect brought up the issue of how insane it would be to try to call potentially hundreds of people and talk with them for an hour or two. So at some point there needed to be seperation, for my own sake, to be able to accomplish what I really want to accomplish in doing all of this… hopefully helping folks in a closer way than I can here on my website and over on facebook. If we do not try new things, and very few people are these days within the hiking community, than we are all pretty much just shooting ourselves in the foot. I like my feet… without holes in them, so I am sure there are some people out there right now with the “sigh, abela is going money hungry” thoughts in your brain… but please, purge those negative oriented thoughts from your brain… use your brain for good thoughts, not bad thoughts!

Thanks everybody!
+John Abela

3 thoughts on “Join me on Patreon!

  1. Update on my Patreon page:

    After talking with a few of my fellow Patreon friends, I have made the decision to do away with having three different tiers/rewards, and going with only two.

    I originally had a $1 rewards level that only got you access to the “community/discussions” section of my Patreon, and a $3 reward tier that got you early access to some stuff.

    But after having talked with others, and seen just how it (the ‘discussions section’) works… (or more like, does not)… it just felt like it was an unacceptable thing for me to do. It just felt… well, morally and ethically wrong.

    So I have ditched the $3 reward and everything that use to be at the $3 reward level is now available for the $1 reward level. Huge win for all of you!

    Over the last four days I have posted a few things over there that are only going to be viewable to those who are patrons. A couple of small reviews, my thoughts on some gear, upcoming gear releases, and such. While some of it will work it’s way over to facebook, some of it is going to remain exclusive to my Patreon page.

    I am only asking a buck a month (the minimum amount patreon will allow), so it is not a lot… maybe if enough folks are up for supporting me, it can quickly add up and can we can have a really successful patreon!

    I hope the changes I have made today help show that I really am wanting, and trying, to be fair in all of this. Despite what some folks out there on the internet say about me, I am *far* from a rich person that has a lot of money and just buys whatever I want and can go wherever I want. Trust me when I say that just a little bit of extra money coming in each month can be a big help!

    So if you are up for supporting me, and want to be apart of what is happening over on patreon, that would be great!

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