This is a hard post to write, because I vaguely feel like a spambot begging for your hard-earned money and attention. But rest assured, I only want one of them. Right now, at least. 🙂

There is a website called Patreon which allows Creators to reach out to what are essentially “inside audiences”. Folks use this to deliver content that only patrons can see, or that they get early access to. It’s a way of building a dedicated community of people who support and follow your work. And I now too have a Patreon page.

https://www.patreon.com/rickhiggins

Here’s how it works. There are two tiers, each with a set monthly subscription. The first tier is called Community and is $3 a month. The other tier is called Adventure and is $10 a month. So, what’s the difference and what do you get? Well, here are the descriptions straight from the Patreon page:

Community

As you already know, there is a YouTube Channel with my name on it which currently clutters your subscription feed with videos. Making these is actually my passion, and I would (and pretty much do) make them all for free. 😇

But here’s how you can help. This simple donation is nice, sure, but even if you never click another step in this process, you can help tremendously just by interacting. Leaving comments and likes on my videos (it actually serves the Almighty YouTube Algorithm in getting my videos out to a larger audience). Send me suggestions for stories you’d like to see. And pass on love and support to others, for we can all make a difference.

And if you do decide to contribute financially, I’ll be throwing out periodic freebies that only patrons have access to.

Oh! I almost forgot. Half of every dollar that comes through Patreon is going right back out to a worthy charity that helps humanity. We all need to help, and this is another way to do that. And yes, I’ll be throwing my own contribution in as well, each and every month.

Thank you so much for your support of what I’m doing. It means more to me than you can know.

Adventure

As a fellow traveler you are going to get a lot of behind the scenes information. Not that I’m going to clutter your inbox with pithy and self-serving emails, but rather I’ll be giving you the stuff that everyone else is going to have to wait for. Private video tours, special blog posts of our adventures, and personalized communications. Plus special discounts and offers on merchandise and products.

Travelers also get credit in video descriptions and I’ll be periodically giving an on-screen shout-out to a specific patron, so be sure and pick a place where you wanted to be shouted out from. ✈️

Oh! I almost forgot. Half of every dollar that comes through Patreon is going right back out to a worthy charity that helps humanity. We all need to help, and this is another way to do that. And yes, I’ll be throwing my own contribution in as well, each and every month.

Thank you so much for your support of what I’m doing. It means more to me than you can know.

So There Ya Go

I don’t expect a lot of people to partake of this ‘opportunity’, and honestly I’m not doing it for the money. But I do want to create a tight community of people who believe in what I’m doing. Who want to explore cultures, and also to help others. I absolutely love being a Content Creator and will continue to do so regardless of whether Patreon plays out or not. But if I can also generate participation on a higher level, I’ve got to try.

So thank you for reading this far. And even if you elect not to come play in this sandbox, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. For while I do this for me (in a way) it’s the socialization and feedback that is more important. My touching people, entertaining them, and hopefully motivating as well. So without you … it’s only half of a cause. Thank you again!

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