I have something to confess. Times have been very hard at the Trekking Huarache household lately. The project I worked for the past 6 years ran out of funds and I haven’t received a paycheck in months. I have been selling a lot of my stuff (which doesn’t bother me that much, at the end stuff can be replaced), and, what hurts the most, my almost new DSLR camera got stolen.
Hard times befallen us all, but I want to believe that these grim situations are what define us as human beings. Instead of feeling sorry for myself (I’m done doing that) I want to see this as an opportunity to work on a project I’ve been putting off since I got back to Mexico 6 years ago: creating a photo journal of Mexcio’s markets and their people. This project will also include telling the stories of producers, cocineras and any other interesting people I meet on this adventure. New stories and picture galleries will be published on this blog and a Spanish version on mexicosabroso.com.
I’m already doing something like that—writing about food, markets and travel. However, I want to take this to the next level and work on it full time, maybe even making it into a book. But it won’t be easy, as I said above I have neither the money nor a camera to start this project. It is a difficult situation with not an easy fix. After thinking long and hard about this dilemma, I decided to ask for the support of friends, family, future friends, enemies, and bighearted strangers out there on the interwebs.
Did I hear you ask how you could help? It’s very simple. The talented Jenn and Roberto gave me the idea to raise funds using patreon.com. I had never heard of this service before, but when I read about it, I felt it was a good fit for this project. Patreon.com works very easily. If you like what I do, you can become a patron of my project with as little as 1 USD a month to help me pay the bills. I set up project goals and patrons help me reach them.
And what do you get in return? Besides the satisfaction of helping a starving cameraless photographer and storyteller in the making, you will be part of an exclusive group with whom I’ll share insights of the project such as unpublished stories and photographs, high resolution images to print and, best of all, a weekly recipe using the ingredients I find along the way—you might know that I started my blogging career as a food blogger.
If you can’t help me that way, please share this post with your friends, family, followers, sworn enemies and anyone you know out there on the cyberspace. If 1 or 2 people out of every hundred who read this become a patron and the other 98 share it, I could reach my goals faster.
This will also help me keep my blogs free of ads and sponsored posts, which can be very annoying and distract creators from what we should be doing, creating great content for readers. If you made it this far I want to thank you and remind you to visit my project on patreon.com and become a patron, or share with your friends to make this project come to life. The universe will pay you back tenfold!
The Trekking Huarache