The money has been going toward vehicle maintenance and fuel, portable hard drives so I can archive video and photo footage, domain name payments, two $50 Amazon tablets for streaming live video to Livestream and many other things to numerous to list.
I've also been able to combine funds from you and an advertiser to purchase a cheap drone with an HD Camera on a gimbal (it's not a professional drone, those cost hundreds of dollars) that has been reviewed by drone enthusiasts as the best in it's price range. It also will be capable of being upgraded with better transmitters, cameras and batteries for extended range, flight times and better cameras. My goal for the quadcopter is to use it to provide photos and brief video shots of public events, public safety scenes and to create videos of the area and weather. I will be registering the quadcopter as a commercial aircraft so I will be able to sell photos and video taken by the aircraft and then use those funds to maintain and purchase more equipment for use in keeping the public informed about what is happening.
I am also close to finalizing a deal to installing a webcam so viewers can enjoy one of the natural wonders of Macon County and allow them to see weather conditions in that area. I will sell sponsorships on the camera so local businesses and organizations will be able to place ads on the webpage that will feature the webcam. Those sponsorships will pay for the internet connection, 10 day cloud storage so people can go back and see the weather up to 10 days in the past (I will be able to use the footage to create time lapse) and to save for the purpose of adding a remote weather station to that location so people can see the present weather conditions and review a record of past weather in that location.
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I am posting this information here so, as supporters on Patreon, you'll be the first to know. Fell free to share this information with your friends.
These projects are just the tip of the iceberg on what I can accomplish with a little help from the community. Please let your friends know that a dollar a month from enough people can help improve my ability to provide news and information and get me closer to eventually being able to hire stringers and even employees.
If one person can do what I've done so far on a shoe string budget, imagine what MaconMedia.com will be able to do if there is more than one person working to gather, expand and disseminate information!
June 14, 2016
Publisher, Editor, Cook & Chief Bottle Washer