Hawk Blogger is creating Articles, Podcasts, and Community
79

patrons

$796
per month

This is about adding to Hawkblogger.com, not replacing it. 


My goals with Patreon

  1. Increase my donations to charity & possibly add more charities to the list
  2. Purchase access to advanced NFL stat packages so I can provide more in-depth coverage
  3. Build a respectful and fun place to talk Seahawks
The conversation on Twitter, Comments sections, Reddit, and other places have become toxic. My original hope with HawkBlogger was to create a respectful and passionate community that could come together to discuss what they love in a safe place. I believe Patreon will help us form that community because you have to pay to enter. Just being a random fan with a smart phone is not enough.

I would like to be writing for you, and providing the coverage you care about, and spend less time caring about the masses. It can make being a Seahawks fan even better. I know, because I have met many of you over the years.

So, join us. Let's build a community of great people to talk about the team we all love.

About Brian (and HawkBlogger.com)

  • 1984 - Became a Seahawks fan because my favorite colors were green and blue and we lived in Oregon
  • 1993 - Went to college intending to be a sports journalist
  • 1995 - Realized journalists were making $14K/year and the job market was shrinking, with little control over their schedules, so I started exploring other careers
  • 1997 - Moved to Seattle after graduating and bought my first pair of Seahawks season tickets for $200. They were on the 50-yard line in the very last row of the Kingdome
  • 2000 - Started writing a season preview for friends via email
  • 2007 - Started my blog hawkblogger.com on the advice of a friend
  • 2012 - Started accepting ad dollars and donating over 100% of proceeds to charity (Ben's Fund)
  • 2013 - Watched front and center as my dream came true when the Seahawks whooped the Broncos in the Super Bowl
  • 2015 - Crossed the $50K mark in donations to Ben's Fund
  • 2017 - Started a Patreon page to create a closer connection with the most passionate Seahawks fans and turbo-boost annual contributions to charity
Sports are an escape. There are precious few safe places to care passionately about something while actively disagreeing. Politics, religion, and even the food we choose to eat highlight what divides people and pushes them into smaller and smaller corners. People across all those divides come together to cheer, celebrate, and even hug one another in the name of sport. No sports community is stronger than the 12s who stand behind the Seahawks.

My goal when I started Hawkblogger.com in 2007 was to create a place where Seahawks fans could gather and share in their obsession. I had graduated American University ten years prior with a degree in print journalism, with an eye on becoming a sports writer, but instead found success in technology working for Adobe Systems, Inc. The Seahawks were always my favorite team, and the blog provided the outlet I craved.

Things started slowly, with just a handful of readers. That was plenty for me. It was a small community, but a community nonetheless. It grew into much more. Tens became hundreds and then thousands and now the top independent Seahawks blog on the web, visited by millions of people. It has been a thrilling and humbling experience.

Unlike typical sports coverage, Hawkblogger.com prioritizes analysis over superficial breaking news. Long form articles are the norm. People come here to learn not only about their favorite team, but about the game they love. They hear from someone who has seen every Seahawks game since the mid-80s, and who obsessively catalogs every detail about team performance. Articles range from deep analytics to pure emotional experience. Reading The Morning After column has become a Seattle sports fan ritual.

My job at Adobe means I do not need the revenue generated from this blog, so I made the decision in 2012 to donate all proceeds to charity. I have a two sons, and the youngest has special needs. John Schneider, GM of the Seahawks, has a son with autism. His wife, Traci, started a charity called Ben's Fund that benefits parents who cannot afford expensive autism treatments. It seemed like the perfect way to complete the virtuous cycle I had in mind when starting this blog. Every person who joins the Hawkblogger community, or just reads a story, gives back through this system.

Tiers
Awesome Person Level
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
You are an awesome person. Millions of people have read HawkBlogger over the years, but you are one of the special few who truly values all the hard work that goes into creating in-depth Seahawks coverage, and wants to give a little back. The reward for this level is a genuine "thank you," from me to you.
Seahawks Insider Level
$5 or more per month 66 patrons
Instant Gratification! 
You will get exclusive access to instant takes on:
  • Training camp practices
  • Personnel moves (trades, signings, draft picks, contracts)
Plus...
  • Exclusive podcasts
  • Access to a private Facebook group reserved for paying insiders
Nobody will be more informed about the Seahawks, except maybe...
12s Club
$12 or more per month 5 of 24 patrons
QUANTITY LIMITED...

Insiders Access!

  • Monthly Google Hangout (On Demand)
    • Ask me anything, or AMA as the kids call it
    • Learn how I research football questions. You will see my screen as I comb the interwebs looking for stats and other information to answer your questions.
    • Meet other 12s
  • Plus all previous rewards
Twice the 12
$24 or more per month 8 patrons
You are twice the Seahawks fan, and so you get extremely special rewards:
  • I will follow you on Twitter so you can DM me questions*
  • I will tell you where I am going for every pregame so you can come meet me and I can buy you a beer (or drink of your choice) while we talk Seahawks for a while.
  • I will share off-the-record rumors I am hearing (please note that if you share these, I will no longer be able to share them with you)
  • Plus all previous rewards 
*Please note: there is only one of me! 
Sponsor
$50 or more per month 6 of 10 patrons
Let me promote your business!
This is a chance to access the most rabid fan base in all of sports. Companies pay 3-5x this amount for typical sponsorships on HawkBlogger. I am giving away ten discounted sponsorships to folks who act fast.

You may choose one from:
  • Podcast mention and plug (product placement & reviews are welcome)
  • A banner ad showing up on my site (you must provide the graphic). 100K impressions.
  • Social promotion (up to five posts on my Facebook or Twitter feed)

Sponsors that sustain at least 12 months of membership become eligible for enhanced promo options like:
  • Sponsored posts or product reviews on the blog
  • Sponsored columns (in-line ads for my most popular articles)
  • Other fun stuff!
Ring of Honor
$100 or more per month 2 of 12 patrons
You and a guest will be treated to a steak dinner at Daniel's Broiler once per year with a small group of other patrons in this exclusive club. We will talk football, get to know each other, and enjoy a great meal. 

Plus all previous awards*

PLEASE NOTE: You must keep your membership for 12 consecutive months to qualify for the dinner. Date and time of dinner will be set based on my availability.

*Sponsorship slots are limited, but we can work something out if that is important to you
Goals
$796 of $1,000 per month
I will travel to more games (at least two per season) and provide more on-site Seahawks coverage. 
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This is about adding to Hawkblogger.com, not replacing it. 


My goals with Patreon

  1. Increase my donations to charity & possibly add more charities to the list
  2. Purchase access to advanced NFL stat packages so I can provide more in-depth coverage
  3. Build a respectful and fun place to talk Seahawks
The conversation on Twitter, Comments sections, Reddit, and other places have become toxic. My original hope with HawkBlogger was to create a respectful and passionate community that could come together to discuss what they love in a safe place. I believe Patreon will help us form that community because you have to pay to enter. Just being a random fan with a smart phone is not enough.

I would like to be writing for you, and providing the coverage you care about, and spend less time caring about the masses. It can make being a Seahawks fan even better. I know, because I have met many of you over the years.

So, join us. Let's build a community of great people to talk about the team we all love.

About Brian (and HawkBlogger.com)

  • 1984 - Became a Seahawks fan because my favorite colors were green and blue and we lived in Oregon
  • 1993 - Went to college intending to be a sports journalist
  • 1995 - Realized journalists were making $14K/year and the job market was shrinking, with little control over their schedules, so I started exploring other careers
  • 1997 - Moved to Seattle after graduating and bought my first pair of Seahawks season tickets for $200. They were on the 50-yard line in the very last row of the Kingdome
  • 2000 - Started writing a season preview for friends via email
  • 2007 - Started my blog hawkblogger.com on the advice of a friend
  • 2012 - Started accepting ad dollars and donating over 100% of proceeds to charity (Ben's Fund)
  • 2013 - Watched front and center as my dream came true when the Seahawks whooped the Broncos in the Super Bowl
  • 2015 - Crossed the $50K mark in donations to Ben's Fund
  • 2017 - Started a Patreon page to create a closer connection with the most passionate Seahawks fans and turbo-boost annual contributions to charity
Sports are an escape. There are precious few safe places to care passionately about something while actively disagreeing. Politics, religion, and even the food we choose to eat highlight what divides people and pushes them into smaller and smaller corners. People across all those divides come together to cheer, celebrate, and even hug one another in the name of sport. No sports community is stronger than the 12s who stand behind the Seahawks.

My goal when I started Hawkblogger.com in 2007 was to create a place where Seahawks fans could gather and share in their obsession. I had graduated American University ten years prior with a degree in print journalism, with an eye on becoming a sports writer, but instead found success in technology working for Adobe Systems, Inc. The Seahawks were always my favorite team, and the blog provided the outlet I craved.

Things started slowly, with just a handful of readers. That was plenty for me. It was a small community, but a community nonetheless. It grew into much more. Tens became hundreds and then thousands and now the top independent Seahawks blog on the web, visited by millions of people. It has been a thrilling and humbling experience.

Unlike typical sports coverage, Hawkblogger.com prioritizes analysis over superficial breaking news. Long form articles are the norm. People come here to learn not only about their favorite team, but about the game they love. They hear from someone who has seen every Seahawks game since the mid-80s, and who obsessively catalogs every detail about team performance. Articles range from deep analytics to pure emotional experience. Reading The Morning After column has become a Seattle sports fan ritual.

My job at Adobe means I do not need the revenue generated from this blog, so I made the decision in 2012 to donate all proceeds to charity. I have a two sons, and the youngest has special needs. John Schneider, GM of the Seahawks, has a son with autism. His wife, Traci, started a charity called Ben's Fund that benefits parents who cannot afford expensive autism treatments. It seemed like the perfect way to complete the virtuous cycle I had in mind when starting this blog. Every person who joins the Hawkblogger community, or just reads a story, gives back through this system.

Recent posts by Hawk Blogger

Tiers
Awesome Person Level
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
You are an awesome person. Millions of people have read HawkBlogger over the years, but you are one of the special few who truly values all the hard work that goes into creating in-depth Seahawks coverage, and wants to give a little back. The reward for this level is a genuine "thank you," from me to you.
Seahawks Insider Level
$5 or more per month 66 patrons
Instant Gratification! 
You will get exclusive access to instant takes on:
  • Training camp practices
  • Personnel moves (trades, signings, draft picks, contracts)
Plus...
  • Exclusive podcasts
  • Access to a private Facebook group reserved for paying insiders
Nobody will be more informed about the Seahawks, except maybe...
12s Club
$12 or more per month 5 of 24 patrons
QUANTITY LIMITED...

Insiders Access!

  • Monthly Google Hangout (On Demand)
    • Ask me anything, or AMA as the kids call it
    • Learn how I research football questions. You will see my screen as I comb the interwebs looking for stats and other information to answer your questions.
    • Meet other 12s
  • Plus all previous rewards
Twice the 12
$24 or more per month 8 patrons
You are twice the Seahawks fan, and so you get extremely special rewards:
  • I will follow you on Twitter so you can DM me questions*
  • I will tell you where I am going for every pregame so you can come meet me and I can buy you a beer (or drink of your choice) while we talk Seahawks for a while.
  • I will share off-the-record rumors I am hearing (please note that if you share these, I will no longer be able to share them with you)
  • Plus all previous rewards 
*Please note: there is only one of me! 
Sponsor
$50 or more per month 6 of 10 patrons
Let me promote your business!
This is a chance to access the most rabid fan base in all of sports. Companies pay 3-5x this amount for typical sponsorships on HawkBlogger. I am giving away ten discounted sponsorships to folks who act fast.

You may choose one from:
  • Podcast mention and plug (product placement & reviews are welcome)
  • A banner ad showing up on my site (you must provide the graphic). 100K impressions.
  • Social promotion (up to five posts on my Facebook or Twitter feed)

Sponsors that sustain at least 12 months of membership become eligible for enhanced promo options like:
  • Sponsored posts or product reviews on the blog
  • Sponsored columns (in-line ads for my most popular articles)
  • Other fun stuff!
Ring of Honor
$100 or more per month 2 of 12 patrons
You and a guest will be treated to a steak dinner at Daniel's Broiler once per year with a small group of other patrons in this exclusive club. We will talk football, get to know each other, and enjoy a great meal. 

Plus all previous awards*

PLEASE NOTE: You must keep your membership for 12 consecutive months to qualify for the dinner. Date and time of dinner will be set based on my availability.

*Sponsorship slots are limited, but we can work something out if that is important to you