Jon Davis is creating Geopolitics, US Politics, and Cultural Analysis
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Who am I and what is the War Elephant?
My name is Jon Davis and I'm a Marine veteran of the Iraq War, teacher, and have also been a writer since 2011. Currently, I run a blog and recently started a YouTube channel called the War Elephant.

Originally, my work centered on writing about everything military, from veterans' issues, warfare and international conflicts, terrorism, military technology, and what it's like to be part of the US military. Since then, my blogs and videos grew to also cover domestic politics, understanding Conservatism, Christian news and views, the unravelling education system, and lighter topics, as well.

All of this combined is why I started my blogs and my YouTube channel, the War Elephant. I wanted to create a single space dedicated to representing people like me, those often overlooked by traditional media and culture at large. Through crowdsourcing and putting my funding out to fans, I’ve been able to broaden my reach from just a few blogs and Quora answers, to be able to reach tens of thousands every day, and now with the start of a YouTube Channel, my hope is to one day reach millions. But to do that, I will need much more help.

Why Patreon:
My day job is as a teacher in Oklahoma, a state of beautiful sunsets and infamous for its terrible teacher compensation. Did I mention I’m also married to a teacher and also have a new baby? So where ends didn’t meet, I turned to my talent. In spite of how much I write, “the craft” is not an easy to turn a living, even for relatively famous writers,, which I am far from being. The work is infrequent, low paying, and irregular. You have to exploit every contact you can to try to sell the idea of an article, which you may not sell after spending hours of work. Even if you do get a bite, it is never for very much. It can take a writer years to develop a fan base worthy enough of gain the clout of demanding decent pay, if he has a good relationship with editors, and if he has a strong venue, and if he is willing to write about only what he is told to by his editors.

Instead, I decided to use Patreon. Patreon allows my fans I already have to support my ability to keep creating directly. Patreon allows you to donate a small amount, like a tip to the girl who made your coffee, every time I publish a piece. Each month, I submit about 8 pieces for pay from patrons. That doesn’t include the dozens of smaller works you may know me for, just the eight big ones each month. And there is even a limit if you want it. You can set a monthly cap, so that you never go over your budget (Again no, all of my answers on Quora don’t get charged on Patreon!)

Patronage allows me to keep the lights on for my family (Cough! New baby girl!) with regular payments that encourage me to be able to create meaningful content and stay independent, meaning I get to write what I want because my words are always my own.

Of course, for that, I need patrons.

What’s in it for You?
Through Patreon, fans of my writing and fans of my show can also be part of making what I do better. This isn’t just begging strangers for money for something that only benefits myself and my family. If you love the content, if its growth and spread are important to you, then donating allows you to help me make my greatest work yet. Once I’ve transitioned to video, the subjects I touch will have access to millions of new viewers and represent vast contingents of people who have never had a voice for them. With absolute sincerity, patrons alone make it possible to do all of this. They are just as crucial to making that happen as myself, and the team that supports me.

To acknowledge that, my rewards for patronage are structured to give patrons access to helping guide the evolution the War Elephant Channel. You’ll find rewards that allow you to meet and network with other War Elephant patrons, get exclusive bonus content to supporters of the show, receive one-on-one time with me and the team, and other rewards in gratitude for your support. You can review all the rewards by checking the Rewards options to the right.

Where your money goes:
Most of the income from Patreon goes directly to household expenses. As I said, a teacher married to a teacher in Oklahoma means ends meeting isn’t always easy. Patronage support gives my wife and me some breathing room to do needed repairs on our aged first home (nearly 80 years old!) and helps give my daughter opportunities neither of us had growing up. Beyond that, it helps me stay supplied by providing subscription fees for hard to find information sources not available in all public outlets, as well as new gear and software.

Through enough continued support, I’ll be able to leave my current job and work from home, full time on creation, and be able to keep my work free to everyone. In the future, I want to expand to a studio, and bring on a staff full time to create even more content like videos, articles, and essays. For that, I’ll need a lot of patronage.

In addition, I try to give back 10% of every month's pledges to other Patreon creators, Kickstarter campaigns, and other crowdsource opportunities I'm passionate about and that I think my patrons would appreciate too, most notably those created by and for military veterans, but other passion projects done by people who are doing great things. I want to foster creative communities for those like the fans of War Elephant and support the good works they are doing. That means your pledges here also help support other projects, artists, and entrepreneurs elsewhere at the brink of their careers.

tl;dr

- Pledges per piece of content
- You can cap your monthly amount
- I make around 8 videos or articles per month on average
- 10% of each month goes back to other great creators
- If you’ve read this far, you know you want to donate and are just looking for a reason not to. Take the plunge and hit that “Become a patron” button already.
- Thank you so much for checking out the page. Every little bit is appreciated!

Tiers
Member of the War Elephant Army
$1 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Be more than just a  fan... Become an official member of War Elephant Army! You'll recieve access to the Patreon private activity feed! Jon will interact with Patrons privately, share videos, and anything else that will be fun, informative, or that he feels like sharing.

Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Monthly Email Update
$3 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
 You’ll get a sneak peek at upcoming planned events, articles, and videos, as well updates and behind the scenes in a special monthly message – direct from Jon himself.    


Includes
  • Monthly Email Update
Last Word Extra
$5 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
  $5 – Last Word Extra 

Last Word: 

$5 Patrons get access to special private bonus content, either another 5 minutes of video in vlog format, or posts, additional overview of the topics discussed in the episodes, my predictions, and final thoughts.

*Joining automatically grants access to all past content at this level!


Survey Group: 


$5 Club members also get to take part in surveys that help us choose focus for new research projects. Your votes help guide what we put out next.



Includes
  • Bonus Content: Last Word
  • Survey Group
War Elephant Club Member
$10 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Online webcast hangout hosted by me.
For less than the cost of a club sandwich, you can become a War Elephant Club Member. Club Members get access to the monthly Google Hangouts with Jon. This will be 30 minute coffee chat, Q&A style online get together with some of our greatest supporters. Here Jon will answer your questions and also seek your advice on what topics to cover, titles for the next video, and suggestions for how to make the show better. The conversations that start here have a huge chance of getting into next month’s survey for voting. 

(Reward starts once we have enough people interested.)  



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Online Web Hangout Sessions
“One More Thing” Access
$20 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Online webcast hangout hosted by me.
For less than the cost of a club sandwich, you can become a War Elephant Club Member. Club Members get access to the monthly Google Hangouts with Jon. This will be 30 minute coffee chat, Q&A style online get together with some of our greatest supporters. Here Jon will answer your questions and also seek your advice on what topics to cover, titles for the next video, and suggestions for how to make the show better. The conversations that start here have a huge chance of getting into next month’s survey for voting. 

Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • "One More Thing" Access
Wall of Fame and Exclusive Patron T-Shirt
$50 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
 Official War Elephant T-Shirt
Get the official War Elephant T-shirt only available to donors, not sold anywhere else. Plus, you get all of the earlier rewards. (Reward delivered after 2 months of Patronage. After joining, message us through Patreon private message system with your shirt size and mailing address. S, M, L, XL, XXL)


Wall of Fame
You’ll be added to our wall of fame on our website as a top donor. We will also hyperlink your name to your website, social handle, favored charity, or wherever else you’d like to send people to. (Wall of Fame is optional, if you wish to remain anonymous please let us know and you will be listed as “Anonymous.”)



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Official War Elephant T-Shirt
  • Wall of Fame
War Elephant Research Team
$100 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
 Extended Group Google Hangout with Jon
Extended Google Hangout with Jon for 30 minutes every month on Google Hangouts in a small intimate group (of 10 people max) and get to know some of the other fans. This is two way video and Jon will be chatting with you from his house.


War Elephant Research Team

You or someone you choose to sponsor will be given access to a private message forum to research future War Elephant topics. Personal collaboration will happen as I prepare future episodes. (May require signing a non-disclosure agreement.)


PLUS all lower reward levels!



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Extended Group Google Hangout with Jon
  • War Elephant Research Team Membership
War Elephant Boosters
$250 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
One-on-One Google Hangout with Jon.
Join Jon for 15 minutes every month on Google Hangouts , just the two of you. This is two way video and Jon will be chatting with you from his house. 


Handwritten Thank You Letter.
Videos are great but a handwritten letter is yours forever.


Minimum $750 monthly max for three months required. 



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Handwritten Thank You Letter
  • One-on-One Google Hangout with Jon
War Elephant Corporate Sponsorship
$500 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Extended One-on-One Google Hangout with Jon.

Because there’s so much more to talk about! Join Jon for 30 minutes every month on Google Hangouts, just the two of you. This is two way video and Jon will be chatting privately with you from his house. Plus, you’ll get all the earlier rewards.


Jon’s personal email address
Created exclusively for patrons at this level. You’ll be able to reach him with thoughts and ideas whenever you like. And he’ll respond! 


Corporate or Charity Plug. 

In long videos, you’ll be able to submit a short commercial with links for either a business, charity, or organization you choose during episode breaks, or get a mention and we will prepare something for you.


Monthly minumum of $2,000 consistently for three months required to be eligible.


(Note: This will not be a cost effective advertising strategy, but it will be a way for the show to say “Thank you,” and help you establish your organization’s brand as a supporter of the values of our show. Just had to warn you on that.



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Corporate or Charity Mention
  • Extended One-on-One Google Hangout
  • Jon's Personal Email Address
War Elephant Official Sponsor
$1,000 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Official Sponsor
At this level, you’ll also become an official sponsor of a War Elephant episode, meaning an episode will be “brought to you by your name.” Certain restrictions may apply.  


Dinner and a Day at the Range with Jon and the team in Dallas
The War Elephant Team will fly you out to Dallas for a dinner at one of our favorite metro restaurants. Following this, a one-on-one round of shooting at a great indoor shooting range downtown where you’ll get to be coached by me personally in either rifle or pistol marksmanship or by one of the official range coaches (the place is filled with a bunch of veterans, so you know they’re good to go.)


Reward delivered minimum $3000 monthly for three months required.



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Day at the Range - Private Firearms Instruction with Jon
  • Dinner with Jon
  • Official Sponsor Mention
Goals
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Facts are that my current computer is old as the hills. If it works well today, that's a miracle in itself. If it isn't, it can take me at least three times longer just to do what I do. I'd like to correct that problem.
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Who am I and what is the War Elephant?
My name is Jon Davis and I'm a Marine veteran of the Iraq War, teacher, and have also been a writer since 2011. Currently, I run a blog and recently started a YouTube channel called the War Elephant.

Originally, my work centered on writing about everything military, from veterans' issues, warfare and international conflicts, terrorism, military technology, and what it's like to be part of the US military. Since then, my blogs and videos grew to also cover domestic politics, understanding Conservatism, Christian news and views, the unravelling education system, and lighter topics, as well.

All of this combined is why I started my blogs and my YouTube channel, the War Elephant. I wanted to create a single space dedicated to representing people like me, those often overlooked by traditional media and culture at large. Through crowdsourcing and putting my funding out to fans, I’ve been able to broaden my reach from just a few blogs and Quora answers, to be able to reach tens of thousands every day, and now with the start of a YouTube Channel, my hope is to one day reach millions. But to do that, I will need much more help.

Why Patreon:
My day job is as a teacher in Oklahoma, a state of beautiful sunsets and infamous for its terrible teacher compensation. Did I mention I’m also married to a teacher and also have a new baby? So where ends didn’t meet, I turned to my talent. In spite of how much I write, “the craft” is not an easy to turn a living, even for relatively famous writers,, which I am far from being. The work is infrequent, low paying, and irregular. You have to exploit every contact you can to try to sell the idea of an article, which you may not sell after spending hours of work. Even if you do get a bite, it is never for very much. It can take a writer years to develop a fan base worthy enough of gain the clout of demanding decent pay, if he has a good relationship with editors, and if he has a strong venue, and if he is willing to write about only what he is told to by his editors.

Instead, I decided to use Patreon. Patreon allows my fans I already have to support my ability to keep creating directly. Patreon allows you to donate a small amount, like a tip to the girl who made your coffee, every time I publish a piece. Each month, I submit about 8 pieces for pay from patrons. That doesn’t include the dozens of smaller works you may know me for, just the eight big ones each month. And there is even a limit if you want it. You can set a monthly cap, so that you never go over your budget (Again no, all of my answers on Quora don’t get charged on Patreon!)

Patronage allows me to keep the lights on for my family (Cough! New baby girl!) with regular payments that encourage me to be able to create meaningful content and stay independent, meaning I get to write what I want because my words are always my own.

Of course, for that, I need patrons.

What’s in it for You?
Through Patreon, fans of my writing and fans of my show can also be part of making what I do better. This isn’t just begging strangers for money for something that only benefits myself and my family. If you love the content, if its growth and spread are important to you, then donating allows you to help me make my greatest work yet. Once I’ve transitioned to video, the subjects I touch will have access to millions of new viewers and represent vast contingents of people who have never had a voice for them. With absolute sincerity, patrons alone make it possible to do all of this. They are just as crucial to making that happen as myself, and the team that supports me.

To acknowledge that, my rewards for patronage are structured to give patrons access to helping guide the evolution the War Elephant Channel. You’ll find rewards that allow you to meet and network with other War Elephant patrons, get exclusive bonus content to supporters of the show, receive one-on-one time with me and the team, and other rewards in gratitude for your support. You can review all the rewards by checking the Rewards options to the right.

Where your money goes:
Most of the income from Patreon goes directly to household expenses. As I said, a teacher married to a teacher in Oklahoma means ends meeting isn’t always easy. Patronage support gives my wife and me some breathing room to do needed repairs on our aged first home (nearly 80 years old!) and helps give my daughter opportunities neither of us had growing up. Beyond that, it helps me stay supplied by providing subscription fees for hard to find information sources not available in all public outlets, as well as new gear and software.

Through enough continued support, I’ll be able to leave my current job and work from home, full time on creation, and be able to keep my work free to everyone. In the future, I want to expand to a studio, and bring on a staff full time to create even more content like videos, articles, and essays. For that, I’ll need a lot of patronage.

In addition, I try to give back 10% of every month's pledges to other Patreon creators, Kickstarter campaigns, and other crowdsource opportunities I'm passionate about and that I think my patrons would appreciate too, most notably those created by and for military veterans, but other passion projects done by people who are doing great things. I want to foster creative communities for those like the fans of War Elephant and support the good works they are doing. That means your pledges here also help support other projects, artists, and entrepreneurs elsewhere at the brink of their careers.

tl;dr

- Pledges per piece of content
- You can cap your monthly amount
- I make around 8 videos or articles per month on average
- 10% of each month goes back to other great creators
- If you’ve read this far, you know you want to donate and are just looking for a reason not to. Take the plunge and hit that “Become a patron” button already.
- Thank you so much for checking out the page. Every little bit is appreciated!

Recent posts by Jon Davis

Tiers
Member of the War Elephant Army
$1 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Be more than just a  fan... Become an official member of War Elephant Army! You'll recieve access to the Patreon private activity feed! Jon will interact with Patrons privately, share videos, and anything else that will be fun, informative, or that he feels like sharing.

Includes
  • Join the patron community
  • Patron-only content feed
Monthly Email Update
$3 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
 You’ll get a sneak peek at upcoming planned events, articles, and videos, as well updates and behind the scenes in a special monthly message – direct from Jon himself.    


Includes
  • Monthly Email Update
Last Word Extra
$5 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
  $5 – Last Word Extra 

Last Word: 

$5 Patrons get access to special private bonus content, either another 5 minutes of video in vlog format, or posts, additional overview of the topics discussed in the episodes, my predictions, and final thoughts.

*Joining automatically grants access to all past content at this level!


Survey Group: 


$5 Club members also get to take part in surveys that help us choose focus for new research projects. Your votes help guide what we put out next.



Includes
  • Bonus Content: Last Word
  • Survey Group
War Elephant Club Member
$10 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Online webcast hangout hosted by me.
For less than the cost of a club sandwich, you can become a War Elephant Club Member. Club Members get access to the monthly Google Hangouts with Jon. This will be 30 minute coffee chat, Q&A style online get together with some of our greatest supporters. Here Jon will answer your questions and also seek your advice on what topics to cover, titles for the next video, and suggestions for how to make the show better. The conversations that start here have a huge chance of getting into next month’s survey for voting. 

(Reward starts once we have enough people interested.)  



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Online Web Hangout Sessions
“One More Thing” Access
$20 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Online webcast hangout hosted by me.
For less than the cost of a club sandwich, you can become a War Elephant Club Member. Club Members get access to the monthly Google Hangouts with Jon. This will be 30 minute coffee chat, Q&A style online get together with some of our greatest supporters. Here Jon will answer your questions and also seek your advice on what topics to cover, titles for the next video, and suggestions for how to make the show better. The conversations that start here have a huge chance of getting into next month’s survey for voting. 

Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • "One More Thing" Access
Wall of Fame and Exclusive Patron T-Shirt
$50 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
 Official War Elephant T-Shirt
Get the official War Elephant T-shirt only available to donors, not sold anywhere else. Plus, you get all of the earlier rewards. (Reward delivered after 2 months of Patronage. After joining, message us through Patreon private message system with your shirt size and mailing address. S, M, L, XL, XXL)


Wall of Fame
You’ll be added to our wall of fame on our website as a top donor. We will also hyperlink your name to your website, social handle, favored charity, or wherever else you’d like to send people to. (Wall of Fame is optional, if you wish to remain anonymous please let us know and you will be listed as “Anonymous.”)



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Official War Elephant T-Shirt
  • Wall of Fame
War Elephant Research Team
$100 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
 Extended Group Google Hangout with Jon
Extended Google Hangout with Jon for 30 minutes every month on Google Hangouts in a small intimate group (of 10 people max) and get to know some of the other fans. This is two way video and Jon will be chatting with you from his house.


War Elephant Research Team

You or someone you choose to sponsor will be given access to a private message forum to research future War Elephant topics. Personal collaboration will happen as I prepare future episodes. (May require signing a non-disclosure agreement.)


PLUS all lower reward levels!



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Extended Group Google Hangout with Jon
  • War Elephant Research Team Membership
War Elephant Boosters
$250 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
One-on-One Google Hangout with Jon.
Join Jon for 15 minutes every month on Google Hangouts , just the two of you. This is two way video and Jon will be chatting with you from his house. 


Handwritten Thank You Letter.
Videos are great but a handwritten letter is yours forever.


Minimum $750 monthly max for three months required. 



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Handwritten Thank You Letter
  • One-on-One Google Hangout with Jon
War Elephant Corporate Sponsorship
$500 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Extended One-on-One Google Hangout with Jon.

Because there’s so much more to talk about! Join Jon for 30 minutes every month on Google Hangouts, just the two of you. This is two way video and Jon will be chatting privately with you from his house. Plus, you’ll get all the earlier rewards.


Jon’s personal email address
Created exclusively for patrons at this level. You’ll be able to reach him with thoughts and ideas whenever you like. And he’ll respond! 


Corporate or Charity Plug. 

In long videos, you’ll be able to submit a short commercial with links for either a business, charity, or organization you choose during episode breaks, or get a mention and we will prepare something for you.


Monthly minumum of $2,000 consistently for three months required to be eligible.


(Note: This will not be a cost effective advertising strategy, but it will be a way for the show to say “Thank you,” and help you establish your organization’s brand as a supporter of the values of our show. Just had to warn you on that.



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Corporate or Charity Mention
  • Extended One-on-One Google Hangout
  • Jon's Personal Email Address
War Elephant Official Sponsor
$1,000 or more per Chapter, Article, Answer
Official Sponsor
At this level, you’ll also become an official sponsor of a War Elephant episode, meaning an episode will be “brought to you by your name.” Certain restrictions may apply.  


Dinner and a Day at the Range with Jon and the team in Dallas
The War Elephant Team will fly you out to Dallas for a dinner at one of our favorite metro restaurants. Following this, a one-on-one round of shooting at a great indoor shooting range downtown where you’ll get to be coached by me personally in either rifle or pistol marksmanship or by one of the official range coaches (the place is filled with a bunch of veterans, so you know they’re good to go.)


Reward delivered minimum $3000 monthly for three months required.



Includes
  • All Content from Previous Tiers
  • Day at the Range - Private Firearms Instruction with Jon
  • Dinner with Jon
  • Official Sponsor Mention