I overheard two women at the Quarry Lake offleash dogpark talking about me in unflattering terms yesterday(DogwalkerBob isn’t so recognizable!). I have two suggestions for you: 1) delete my bookmark from your computer and don’t come back. I don’t want you reading this blog because you will taint it with your negativity. 2) try working at your job for free. No paycheques. For the next eight years.
These two humourless busybodies were being critical of me for daring to do such a tacky thing as putting up a donations page(with a funny title: Help SkierBob eat…!). I’ve had a few readers suggest that I make available a method of donating because they want to show their appreciation. The information on this blog is free for everyone. No one is forced to contribute.
Over the past eight years, I estimate that I’ve invested a minimum of 6,000 hours of my time on this blog(that does not include any skiing). Not to mention the costs associated with it. For example, I use a fast-loading website host so you don’t have to wait 5 seconds every time you log in. It doesn’t come free. I go through a couple cameras every season. I ski more often than I would if I wasn’t operating this blog which makes for wear and tear on a vehicle and gas expense.
One thing I made sure NOT to do when I started this blog was to accept Google advertising. I believe it would cheapen the value to my local sponsors to be competing with internet businesses with no investment in the local community. I receive a small income from the advertising on here. I am grateful to my advertisers who see the value of having their name in front of my thousands of readers.
There is no other xc ski blog on the face of the earth like this one, and it’s because I love my job. It doesn’t pay well, but I am rewarded with compliments and praise on a daily basis. Unfortunately, praise and compliments won’t pay the bills.