Hey. It’s been a while!

I’ve been hunkered down in my hometown in England, enjoying the two days of snow we get once a decade and avoiding the Russians (Google “Salisbury Russian Spy” if you have no idea what I am talking about!).

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I’ve been connecting and re-connecting with people, having a rest, taking some time to really think about what I want to do and to think about what I don’t want to do. I have been volunteering a lot of my time to the Indian Ocean Row crew, things are really picking up now and they are counting down the days until the launch in June, and I am counting down the days until my first rowing experience over Easter when I will be rowing from Guernsey to Portsmouth (about 100 miles and 36 hours in the English Channel!). I am pretty nervous but also excited about it and I just hope I don’t spend my whole time feeding Neptune. I will let you know how I get on!

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The Indian Ocean Crew. Which one should I trip up?
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Very wise words from 6 year old Matthew. “Don’t frees or burn to death”

I have picked up a couple of paid design jobs which was nice, I still love designing, but I like being able to pick my jobs and only do the things I really care about. I have also done a bit of random temp work just to try and pay off some money I owe my Dad from the whole losing-my-wallet-in-Indonesia incident (all paid off now with feels good), and to replenish some of my savings – ready for the next adventure, whatever that may be!

I have always funded my trips myself and never asked for any help from anyone, although I have been lucky enough to have help volunteered to me by my parents, Norris, all the people who donated to the ‘burger fund’ and of course the many many people who have taken me into their homes and fed me and sent care packages and driven me around and all of that amazing stuff – there are just too many of you to mention, but you know who you are!

If you don’t ask, you’ll never know…

One of the hardest things about my journeys is keeping a daily blog, when sometimes the last thing you want to do in the evening is spend an hour writing about your day when all you want to do is stuff your face with chocolate and go to sleep!

My blog started out as a personal record and a way of updating my Mum and Dad about what I was doing, but it has grown significantly beyond that and I have been lucky enough to pick up some dedicated followers along they way, some of whom have become friends. How cool is that?!

As the journeys have increased so has the content on my blog to the point where I have about 4 books worth of stories (which you can read for free) and I have now outgrown my little WordPress site. In order for me to be able to continue sharing my stories I would like to move the blog onto a self hosted site which will give me a lot more creative control, enable me to make all my images hi-res and allow me to produce more content while using my design skills to their full potential – and with the triple crown (Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail) and other trails in my sights, plus an ocean row – I still have a lot of stories to share.

I have thought long and hard about this, but ultimately I have decided to ask you, the reader, for help by setting up a Patreon page, and these are my reasonings:

  • If you don’t ask for help you’ll never get it
  • There are lots of other people out there doing the same thing successfully

What is Patreon?

Patreon allows creators (people who make content on the internet – YouTube videos / music / blogs / podcasts / films / comics etc for free) to get paid for the content they produce by being supported by the people who read, watch and listen.

How will Patreon help me?

The cost of a new website, which includes hosting, storage and domain costs, would work out at approximately $30 per month (which is a big increase from the $79 a year I pay currently). Being able to cover those costs would be so amazing and this is why I have decided to set up a Patreon account, it would only mean 15 blog readers donating $2 a month.

Patreon allows you to donate a fixed sum per month starting at $2 – the cost of a can of soda – up to how ever much you want, or are able to, give. It also comes with rewards – from a postcard from the trail to a copy of my book when it is written and published! – and while my blog will still be available for anyone to read, whether you are a Patron or not, I will provide some extra updates via the Patreon site exclusively.

Just click on the ‘Become A Patreon’ button below and it will take you to my Patreon page where you can read more about the rewards levels of support:

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In the dream scenario that the level of support goes above and beyond $30 per month, it would mean I could invest in a new camera to improve the quality of the content I share – introducing more videos and better photos – new gear and maybe an improved diet on the trail (of course making videos takes higher priority than the food I eat)…

If you enjoy the blog please do consider making a contribution to my Patreon site so I can develop my website and improve the quality of my writing and photography and I can keep entertaining you for as little as the cost of a soda!

If you would like to help out but don’t want to do it through Patreon, send me a message and we can chat!


LET’S GET SOCIAL

Check out my Facebook page where I will be posting updates of my adventures so please give the page a like!

And if you head over to Instagram you can follow my Instagram Stories feed…random daily snaps, with a few little videos thrown in so you can put a voice to my face!


JUST A DROP

I continue to raise money for Just A Drop – they bring sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects to communities around the world.

663 million people across the globe are living without access to clean, safe water. That’s 1 in 10 people. A child dies every 90 seconds from a water related disease. One third of the worlds population – 2.4 billion people – don’t have access to adequate sanitation.

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