need to replace various pieces of equipment, such as boots and
which wear out after only a few months on the road. Also, as of March
2008, I desperately need a new backpack. Unfortunately, the backpack I
need costs $400 to $500, which means I can't get one without the
assistance of people like you. So I hope you'll consider helping me get
some of the things I need.
would like to contribute to my essential outdoor equipment fund, I
certainly appreciate REI gift cards of any value. The great thing about
these gift cards is that you can send them via e-mail. To send one,
just visit REI's
gift card page. In the "Recipient's e-mail" space, enter the
following e-mail address:
Videotapes are another important Aimless road item, but I don't always
have enough money to buy them when I need them. (Sometimes I have to
eat instead.) I also welcome gift cards for electronics stores (like
Best Buy), but I don't know if they offer e-mail "delivery" like REI
does. If you can somehow figure out how to help me get videotapes, I'd
certainly appreciate that, too.
If you'd like to help but you don't know what I may need most, you can
call me at 614-738-3867. I always enjoy talking to new people when I'm
alone on the road.
is a chance you might be interested in sponsoring Aimless (or
collaborating in some way), contact
me to let me know
what's on your mind. If you are serious, I'm sure we can work something
following is an outline describing what I seek from sponsors and
what I offer in return for sponsorship.
I seek from sponsors
Ideally I would like to find a sponsor willing to provide adequate
funding to purchase the items necessary for the production phase of
Aimless. (The major items are listed below.) My main objective,
however, is simply to acquire the things I need. It
really doesn't matter how I get it, as long as I get it. It may be
through grant money, money donations, sponsorship money, equipment
loans, equipment donations, or some other avenue I haven't even
considered. Keep in
mind: I don't have to follow any kind of corporate guidelines or
anything because this is a one-man operation. So don't hesitate to make
an unconventional offer or inquiry. I will listen.
Here is a list of the major items I could use:
- A better digital camcorder;
- Camcorder accessories (microphones,
- Laptop computer;
- A part-time camera crew!
I offer in return for sponsorship
At the very least, your sponsorship (or assistance) will earn you or
your company some postive publicity through exposure on this web site.
For example, Glenn Shope and Net Acceleration have been kind
enough to provide Aimless's web hosting for free. So in an effort to
thank them (and generate new business for them), I place their logo on
every Aimless page, along with a short endorsement and a link to their
Has it paid off for them yet?
I don't know. In fact, I don't think Glenn was even concerned about
whether or not it would pay off. Rather, he agreed to host the
for free because he recognized the passion I have for this project. And
in recognizing my passion, he wanted to participate, in some way, to
help me accomplish my goals.
Here's what I do know: Glenn
Shope will be in Aimless, as a representative of Net Acceleration. It will be a
short segment, maybe 30 seconds or a minute long. During that
segment, I will thank Glenn and Net Acceleration for helping me
get Aimless off the ground when hundreds of other web hosts blew me
off. It will be an advertisement disguised as just another segment of
the film. If I end up making some money with Aimless, I will compensate
Glenn monetarily, as a way of thanking him for his unselfish
assistance. (Let me not forget to mention that both his name and his
name will appear in the Aimless credits.)
That could be you, too, but only if you take the same unselfish chance
I cannot guarantee that you will see a return on your investment, just
as I cannot guarantee that I
will ever earn a dime from Aimless. But if I make money, you will make
money. Even if I don't make any money, you still might make money.
I have already put thousands of hours into Aimless,
designing graphics and web pages, writing blog entries and the site's
content. I have also deprived myself of food and sleep while tramping
the United States of America. I have already made a
investment--a life investment--in Aimless, partly because I know it
eventually pay off for me. I'm not out to make money; I'm out to create
something great. And when you make something great, it's worth a lot to
So think about how your sponsorship of Aimless could end up earning you
a ridiculous return, eh. I'll be here, waiting for you to contact me.
needs your help!
you like what you've seen here, I humbly request that you send an
e-mail to a friend, inviting him or her to Aimless. That's all I ask of
you. You may not believe such a
small favor can make much of a difference, but I know your cooperation
could spark an intense snowball effect. I sincerely appreciate your
assistance. Thank you.
you are looking for a web host, I highly recommend Net Acceleration
Without their assistance, Aimless would still be going nowhere. Thanks