I support a number of bloggers and video creators through Patreon, an Internet support mechanism. I have even thought of setting up a Patreon account for this blog, but it seems antithetical to my stated purpose for maintaining this blog in the first place.
I had commented to the major archery organizations that when a coach is trained, they also get dropped like a hot rock. First you get a certification (my first was USAA Level 2) then <cricket, cricket> nothing. I proceeded to get a Level 3 certification and <cricket, cricket> nothing. And then I got a Level 4 certification and <cricket, cricket> nothing. I complained to the USAA Executive Director at the time that you cannot buy a bar of soap on the Internet without a follow-up offer to buy something else. I asked: “Where are the offers for additional trainings, DVDs, books, whistle lanyards, windbreakers, coaching bags, etc?” All of these would provide revenue for the organization and serve their coaching clients needs. The ED took copious notes and was very excited about the prospect and then <cricket, cricket> nothing. Subsequently, I offered to produce a coaching newsletter for them at no cost and . . . you guessed it <cricket, cricket> nothing. (I didn’t even get a formal reply.)
So, I could just continue to gripe about the lack of support for archery coaches or I could do something about it. So I started this blog. It is free. I even received feedback from one follower who said I was violating my own recommendation that archery coaches should get paid (like all of the other coaches). My response was that even lawyers do some pro bono work.
So, I will not be opening a Patreon account . . . but if you want to support his blog there is something you can do, and that is subscribe to Archery Focus magazine. AF is the only archery education magazine . . . on the planet apparently . . . and for the cost of a subscription, you get six new issues along with free access to all of the past issues of the magazine, which encompasses thousands of articles from the best target archers, bowhunters, and coaches. (Bowhunting is only addressed with regard to the bow, not the hunting. There are plenty of hunting magazines to cover everything there.)
If you are interested, just go to www.archeryfocus.com and check it out. There are a small number of sample articles for your inspection. Subscribing involves just a few clicks of your mouse (and, of course, a credit card).
Thanks for your support!
And if you are already a subscriber, you can help by setting a goal to convince two more people to subscribe. If you are a club officer we have an affiliate program whereby each new subscription you pass through to us results in your club receiving a fee, so you can be raising funds for your club also.
PS And you can help by sending me questions you want answers to . . . archery related, of course. :o)