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Ground Floor, Going Up!

This is a chance to join me and work together from the beginning.  In the following categories I will cover collaborative partnership opportunities that I will open to as I begin my blogging journey.  For some the discussion is open, and I will cover visions and goals as I see them.

Media Kit

Download this short Media Kit for updated social stats and goals.

Media Kit

Audience Description

The Spur Trail is a modern, inspirational photo/story blog that mixes informative articles with imagery and tales that make you want to use that knowledge.  You can give a man a fish, but if you let him see how and why to do it himself, well then everybody wins.  This blog will appeal to photographers, hikers, backpackers, distance cyclists & bike packers, adventurers, and anybody that’s ever had a dream of living bigger than they are.

Audience Interest
  • Camping & Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Long Distance Cycling
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Making Connections
  • Sustainable & Responsible Travel
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Street Photography
  • International Travel
  • Midwest Travel
  • Road trips
  • Solo Travel
Social Media

Instagram – It’s like compounding interest.  It is better to start now than to start investing later.  In the last year since I’ve begun focusing on my account, I’ve seen my following grow by 100%.  As I continue to reinvest in other forms of engagement, more social media presence, public speaking, content creation, this will continue to grow.  I am open to working with other Influencers to continually increase both our traffic.

Currently on both Instagram and Facebook, my following is 55% female & 45% male, with 50% of the population between the ages of 25-34.  Of that, 90% are located in the United States.  As of this writing my current following is 2,219.

Guest Blogging

As I build my audience I am currently looking for opportunities to provide guest blog posts for other bloggers.  Please give me any information you may have for pitching ideas, and topics you may be interested in having covered.

Exchange

Do you offer a particular opportunity, activity, tour, destination, or location that requires a unique personality to check it out?  In exchange for, lodging, meals, or activities I will provide content via my website, social media channels, and reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor.  This can be through blog posts, images, or video.  Contact me below and we can work together to discuss the details of a mutually beneficial exchange.  Please note, that I strive for honesty, integrity and truth in order to maintain a healthy and trusting relationship with my readers.  This means that all reviews will be honest, and any sponsorships transparent.

Product Sponsor

If I told you I didn’t love gear, I would be lying.  I can spend hours researching travel bags that could possibly simplify my life and make me look good (at least better).  If you have any product that you think would benefit my audience I would be happy to test it out on my next adventure.  Currently I am working to provide content for Enlightened Equipment, a local, Minnesota ultralight gear company and they have thus far been happy with images that consistently do well on their social media and email blasts.

Partnering

Are you a fellow photographer, adventurer, lover-of-beer or life or everything?  If you have travel opportunities coming up and want to partner to create content, feel free to drop me a line and we will see if the stars will align for us.

  • “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” -  E. M. Forster⁠
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I'm trying to think of brilliant things to see but I don't know where to start!  I met this guy when he was just a wee one, accompanying his mother who was ushering a show I was in.  Bat Boy in 2009.⁠
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Over the last ten years, I've literally watched him grow up.  Which is weird because I didn't realize I was old enough to watch anyone grown up.  So now we've gone from visiting and wrestling on the floor to photographing him for his senior pictures and eating pizza in downtown Minneapolis.⁠
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My how the time has flown, and I'm happy to have known this passionate guy & his family.  He's got so much ahead of him I can't wait to see where he goes.  Have the best year Reilly, and hope to see you soon!⁠
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  • “As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.” -  Joseph B. Wirthlin⁠
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How many monarch's did you see this year?⁠
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I feel like numbers were up but I really have no way to validate that.  Exciting to see them fluttering around all summer and into fall, makes living in the country just a little more romantic.⁠
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  • “The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” -  Attributed to George Carlin⁠
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At first I thought we didn't have any caterpillars on our farm.  We have hundreds of milkweed plants, but I never saw any big critters on the undersides of the leaves.  Then I went to visit a new friend and saw she had tons.  And realized just how small they can be.⁠
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I immediately went home and investigated.  And wouldn't you know, they were everywhere.  Just really, really, really small.  I think what happens is we have so many predators that they don't make it past the little guy stage and never get to go into cocoons.⁠
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So I started saving them.  Some grew up and hung from the top of their cage.  Some died in the bottom.  Some shriveled up while they were hanging themselves.  Some wasted away mid-chrysalis.⁠
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But some emerged as beautiful butterflies.⁠
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Have you found any caterpillars this year?⁠
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  • “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” -  Nathaniel Hawthorne⁠
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#natureathome #backyardbeauty #findyourspurtrail #mnexposure #onlyinmn #butterflyfind #spectacularcolor #macrophotography #nikonD850
  • “If it’s grim you know, find something.  Just a piece of beauty.  You can find that every day.  Be in the woods, throughout the desert, down the canyon.  It’s the best cure I know for the metaphysical icky-poo’s.” -  Doug Peacock⁠
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#onlyinmn #takingadetour #silhouette #starkcontrast #mnexposure #tinybirds #foundbeauty #stoictree #standingalone #rural #nikonD850 #naturaldecay
  • “Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other's company. Only a few love to be alone.” -  Jens Jensen⁠
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