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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.

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.

 

  • “The biggest hint I have to offer the beginner is that he be not a slave to convention; that he build not as his father built; that he think for himself, and that he accept truth wherever he finds it, and not because it is garbed in fine linen and goes prancing around in an automobile or a church pulpit, a university-chair, or an editor’s sanctum.” -  Jack London

Until this last week, I realized I had not been to the Minnesota state capital since my 6th grade class went.  What an interesting thing I thought, as I caught the last ten minutes they were open and wandered through catacombish halls I likely needn’t be in.

It seems quite serendipitous I should randomly come across it again, days before tomorrow’s elections.  Also reading Jack London recently I think there is something to be found in the combining of these occurrences.

I can’t advise you in anything political, as I myself have yet to decide.  But I do agree, we need to think for ourselves and find our own truths tomorrow.  What do you think?

#onlyinmn #getoutandvote #politicsarecrazy #dayofwandering #findyourspurtrail #nikond750 #walkabout #everydayadventure #stpaul #stpaultourism #visitstpaul
  • “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” -  Mark Twain

Mark obviously didn’t know about good dogs, or he would have included them.  So glad that these good friends let me take my first fall session with them and their pups.  Thanks guys!
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#pupsandstuff #familyphoto #fallsession #lookatthoseleaves #onlyinmn #october #nikond850 #nottoocoldforus #onlyalittlesnow #dreamteam
  • “Doing it your own way, not having to go exactly by the book to be successful.” – Ice Cube⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” -  Chuck Palahniuk

This is so true.  I had a meeting with a man today.  A man that for no obvious reason wants to help me pursue a dream I’ve had.

I’ve had a lot of ideas.  Like this trip to Iceland from two years ago.  I thought I’d find a way to make all of these trips pay for themselves, creating works that would sell or using new knowledge to speak in schools or lead your groups.

In this meeting I realized there would be much to buy, and little to guarantee success.  There is a level of mistrust in myself and my ideas.  Though the dreams of their successes are more like nightmares in that I can’t help but believe there is a way to make it work.

Do I give up some of the things I’ve looked to in the past, and commit to a potentially fruitless future?

I think I should.

#trusttheprocess #iceland #longexposure #believeinyourself #dreambig #findyourspurtrail #liveloveadventure
  • I've not felt very motivated to post on IG lately.  What I've felt is that it's quite overwhelming to try and keep up.  That, a lack of adventure, and a focus on financial stability has turned attentions away from some of the more desirous, creative pursuits.  That does not though signal the end of endless dreaming and lofty goals.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As the grasshoppers disappear when seasons change, so do the roles we play.  Now that wedding season slows down because starting lives together in the snow is less desirable than green grass...the chance for adventure may again emerges.
  • “If you can’t fall in love with the San Juans during the third week of September, you can’t fall in love.” -  Pam Houston
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It may not be the San Juans but, I think the same holds true for Lake Superior in the first week of October.
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#myeequilt #enlightenedequipment #travellighter #campingdonelight #superiorhikingtrail #getoutandhike 
#thespurtrail #onlyinmn #thisismymn #thisismyminnesota #capturemn #minnesotaexposure #minnstagrammers #minnesotaphotographer #exploremn 
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