The easiest way? A one-off contribution via Paypal. Please use the Australian dollar if possible, this avoids currency fees. There are no fees if you choose 'personal payment' under the personal tab.
6 MONTHS OF SUPPORTER VIDS here
AUD$35 or US$30 (but no previous vids)
1 YEAR OF SUPPORTER VIDS here
AUD$50 or US$40 (and get a pile of previous vids too)
LIFETIME SUPPORTER VIDS here
AUD$120 or US$100 (all supporter vids since 2016!)
Links not working? Paypal.Me is for non-commercial transactions so Paypal charges less - but it's not available in all countries yet. Try the normal Paypal log in and send your support to firstname.lastname@example.org
PREFER A SMALL REGULAR DONATION?
Patreon allows small but regular monthly support over time. Not a good option though! They take a 5% cut, a further 5% for currency conversion THEN charge for each transaction.
WHY DID I GO FULL-TIME WITH THE VIDS?
The short story? A part-time job in a brain injury organization for 12 years gave me lots of spare time to do free motorbike blogs, volunteer work, websites, videos and providing info on forums. But cuts to funding ended my job, and a dedicated group of Youtube viewers pushed me to go full time with the vids.
WHY DID YOU START THESE SUPPORTER-ONLY VIDS?
In 2016 around 100 Youtube subscribers generously supported the vids to let me go full time, but it wasn't enough to survive on. I was using my savings to continue, then viewers suggested it was time to set a few videos aside just for supporters, which would encourage more to join in and share the load.
WHY DO I DO ALL THESE FREE TRAINING VIDS ANYWAY?
Many ask why I do all this free stuff - enduro training vids, the trials training vids, the dirt and adventure rides I used to organize for locals, all the GPS files for adventure riders in Australia, the campaign for better Australian helmet standards etc. They kept saying I could make a lot of money but I just prefer to do stuff for free. So accepting support for the vids has not been easy, and it was only the persistent nagging of a few dedicated viewers in the USA that finally pushed me into it - you know who you are, you bastards lol!
WHY NOT RAISE SUPPORT OTHER WAYS - ADS, MERCHANDISE OR COACHING?
The past year I've appreciated all these suggestions viewers have offered, such as:
ADS & VIDEO MONETIZATION: Personally I hate ads, and don't want to subject others to them. And Youtube pay peanuts - the average vid would net $10 to $20. But it is still an option for the future.
SELLING MERCHANDISE: Many viewers said they would like to buy stickers, t-shirts, caps or DVDs of the training vids. Even if I let an outside agency handle this, it can still be quite time-consuming and the vids already take 60+ hours each week. It is a possibility but not at this point.
COACHING: Public liability is a terrible issue in Australian law, you must have expensive insurance to do training schools or bike tours, or you risk losing everything you own. Plus it would take so much time the vids would suffer.
SPONSORSHIP: Many suggest I get Beta or another manfacturer to sponsor the vids. At this stage I'd prefer to stay independent so I can give honest objective gumby reviews, but I might explore this later.
WILL THE 'SUPPORTER ONY VIDS' EVER BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE?
I doubt it as it's the only way I can survive! I acknowledge that some simply can't afford to support the vids, or are too young to have bank accounts yet. But the training videos will always be publicly available - and while the supporter-only vids often rehash a lot of the training they are more for entertainment than actual enduro training.