...but it's time for a change.
With the end goal of publishing a book, I've decided that it's time to stop releasing each new chapter for free online and move into book-writing mode in a more private setting. Offering my personal writings to the open internet has been a challenge for me. I try to be as open and honest about my trek as I can, highlighting both my triumphs and my shortcomings, which leaves a guy in a pretty vulnerable position to those who would like to take advantage.
Something I've learned about the internet: there's a horrifically impressive number of people out there, hiding behind the anonymity of the web, whose only fun comes from trying to tear others down.
Something I've learned about me: I don't handle it well.
So to ensure my future blog posts stay as high quality and honest about all of my blunders and shortcomings as possible, they won't be available for free on the open internet. There are real downsides, such as voluntarily choking out the reach of my blogs and my future book, while also disappointing those readers who have enjoyed my blogs so far. But a barrier is needed between the open web and my writings.
So that's where Paypal and Patreon comes in.
The rest of the story is available in the 'Patreon Blog' section of Hikerbeta, but it'll require a password to access. For a small donation (as little as $1 per month) through Patreon, you can have access to the entire “rough draft” of my writings (which are laid out in the same blog-style as what you’ve seen up until this point).
If you’re feeling generous, have a spare $40 laying around, and want an advanced copy of my future book I’m currently working on, you can send that through Paypal (email@example.com) and your name will land on a list of my favorite people who will get a personalized copy shipped to them the second I have the final product in my hands.
If you’d rather not part with any of your hard-earned money for some hiker-guy on the internet, that’s totally fine also. I fully love and appreciate that you’d read any of my ramblings up until this point. I hope you’ll look for my book when it comes out (and maybe tell a friend who might enjoy my blogs!) All of my blogs covering from the Mexican border through half of the Sierra will remain free and open for everyone online to learn from and (hopefully) enjoy.
Even the smallest amount helps to keep me motivated to complete what I hope to be one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, all while building a more personal relationship with those readers who support my work. Look at your pledge as buying me a coffee to keep me motivated or a beer for finishing the trail!
I couldn't have gotten here without everyone supporting me along the way, so thank you to everyone reading this. It means a lot to me that you've been following along this far.
Several readers have contacted me, asking if there was a one-time payment option, for those who would like to support me and possibly pre-order a book, but who would rather not use Patreon to do so. Here's the options I sent to them, in case a one-time payment is something you'd be more comfortable with.
A one-time payment of $40 through Paypal or Venmo for:
Access to all blogs, past and future.
A digital (e-book) copy of my book, once it's complete.
A personalized copy of my book when it's published (which basically means I'll write all over the inside covers before I send it your way).
To send through Paypal, use this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To send through Venmo, use my handle, @Hikerbeta
If you'd like to support me this way, just send me an email to let me know when you send the payment and I'll let you know when I see it. That'll help with clear communications, but also so we have a clear record of the transaction that I can hold onto for that wonderful day when I start shipping books out!