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Work With Me

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.

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 68% female & 32% male, with 60% 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 875.

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.

 

  • They day was young, it was far too early to stop.  Miles and progress lay ahead, and I had deadlines.  But this wooden, beach fortress of mismatched sticks was the perfect place to hang my wet camping gear and have lunch.  A pod of dolphins swam across the horizon and as I ate lunch I thought, "I should really come back here." -  Me⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • "Windmills are like people.  They're everywhere.  You recognize them, you see them all the time, some may even seem familiar.  Yet, at the same time, you really don't know anything about them.  What a uniquely human thing, to surround yourself in such a way." -  Me ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” -  Martin Luther King Jr.
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The distance between branches is not a technically significant distance.  But to leap it, at a full sprint, with no errors made, well now that is something pretty great.
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I know you didn't like me watching you squirrel, but thanks for showing off just a little.
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  • I would say that it's important to be aware of one's self.  To be aware of changes, differences in our persona's, and to see these things as time goes by.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This image goes back to 2012, when I had just made my first deep financial foray into photography.  I thought if I only bought some better gear then I could get more of the jobs I wanted.  To a degree, it did work.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But at that time, I was ambitious.  The desire to try new things and create more was prevalent enough that I tried to make images every day in one of those 365 projects.  It didn't last, no idea how anyone keeps up with that, but I did make it a long ways.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Days like this, where you have to find someone to get out and drive back and forth down the road and try to time it with the sunset was a lot of fun but took some time.  Adding that to my everyday was tough, and now it seems there's too many things like exercise, calling health insurance (over and over because the system just happens to be down), answering emails, etc that takes up the days time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I want to get back to finding the time.  Making the time.  Finding the desire to find the time to just get out and do something fun.  For no real 'reason' at all other than just to do it.  Anybody in?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • All roads lead to...well anywhere really.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lately I've been filled with the overwhelming idea of possibility.  It almost feels that with so many opportunities available, picking one is actually a debilitating process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How have you faced choices, career and otherwise, and found the direction you wanted to go?  Did you know you even wanted to go down a certain path or did you try it first and then decide?  I'm both curious and hoping to stir some contemplation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Most of the time, I just take what someone else has recommended or is doing and go along with it.  This winter I might have an open ended time period like I’ve not experienced...
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How do you figure out where to go?  Where do you find the inspiration to leave comforts behind?
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