The Gymternet is creating a place for gym nerds who want to learn more about gymnastics.
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Flashback to the summer of 2014. I was newly out of college, working only part time, going to bed in the wee hours of the morning and waking up in the afternoon, and only mildly panicking about what to do with my life. A little after midnight on July 19, while watching Dawson's Creek on Netflix and Ambien-blogging my reactions, I was like "I should start a gym blog."

I manic-messaged my friends informing them of my plans and they were like "cool, go to bed." But I didn't listen, and a few hours later, I had a fully-functional live website called The Gymternet. I started covering my first meet, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, immediately, and the site was a literal overnight success with 12,000 views on day one thanks to gym fans who wanted coverage and interviews and insight they couldn't get anywhere else.

Three years later, the site has grown into a full-time job and has led to some incredible opportunities (like writing a bunch of young adult books and working for NBC Olympics and winning an Emmy Award, no big deal). While I have some ad money coming in each month that I budget for travel to cover meets, as we keep growing and expanding, that money isn't stretching as far as I'd like, especially as I began branching out to cover international meets (either on my own or with the help of writers all over the world). I've also started using a photographer for meets, and am working on video production coming up this fall, a major step up for us.

I and everyone who works on the site with me, we're all volunteers with full time jobs that pay our bills...and we often self-fund a lot of what we do for The Gymternet. A niche interest like this will never become a global empire or make me enough money to pay myself or others for the work we're doing, but what we CAN do with a little more income is continue expanding. We have some great opportunities for video production set up this fall, which is something we're hoping to work on even more in the future, with a goal of four video projects each year. Our other goals include travel to a greater number of international meets, like getting to world championships each year as well as having writers at the national championships for every major program on the international scene, and bringing a greater number of people to these events so we're not limited in the kind of coverage we do (e.g. being able to get more interviews in the hectic press zone, having photographers capture the meet, etc).

I'm so grateful to the people who have helped the site become what it is, which is a lot of you. As we reach our third birthday, we've had 1.5 million individual visitors viewing this site 8.4 million times, an awesome number and you're all helping us simply by showing up. Many of you have also donated to our PayPal, or have offered volunteer coverage, both of which is invaluable to our goals as we continue growing.

Since the Olympics last year, I've had many people ask why we don't have a Patreon, and I never felt like we needed one, but as we continue growing into something way bigger than I ever thought imaginable, I thought why not? So if you love what you see and want to help us make it even better, we're thrilled to finally give you a way to contribute and hope to bring in some fun incentives along the way.

Thank you all so much for the love over the years, and here's to the future!
Tiers
You're amazing.
$1 or more per month
  • A special thank you at the bottom of all website posts.
  • Early access to upcoming video projects.
Seriously, I love you.
$5 or more per month
  • Entry into raffles when we have cool stuff to give away.
  • Your questions for our "You Asked, The Gymternet Answered" posts go to the top of the queue.
  • Plus all previous rewards!
You're basically my bestie.
$10 or more per month
  • Monthly streams where you get to ask me whatever you want LIVE and I'll tell you the business.
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at meets and at our video productions.
  • Plus all previous rewards!
Marry me!
$20 or more per month
  • Live stream post-competition recaps for major meets.
  • Commissioned interviews with gymnasts around the world (if we can get access to said gymnast).
  • Commissioned reaction blogs to old meets on YouTube (you pick the meet, we giggle at it and write stuff).
  • Plus all previous rewards!
Goals
50 – reached! patrons
When I reach 50 patrons, I'll do a special video "You Asked, The Gymternet Answered" where I answer one question for every patron.
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Flashback to the summer of 2014. I was newly out of college, working only part time, going to bed in the wee hours of the morning and waking up in the afternoon, and only mildly panicking about what to do with my life. A little after midnight on July 19, while watching Dawson's Creek on Netflix and Ambien-blogging my reactions, I was like "I should start a gym blog."

I manic-messaged my friends informing them of my plans and they were like "cool, go to bed." But I didn't listen, and a few hours later, I had a fully-functional live website called The Gymternet. I started covering my first meet, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, immediately, and the site was a literal overnight success with 12,000 views on day one thanks to gym fans who wanted coverage and interviews and insight they couldn't get anywhere else.

Three years later, the site has grown into a full-time job and has led to some incredible opportunities (like writing a bunch of young adult books and working for NBC Olympics and winning an Emmy Award, no big deal). While I have some ad money coming in each month that I budget for travel to cover meets, as we keep growing and expanding, that money isn't stretching as far as I'd like, especially as I began branching out to cover international meets (either on my own or with the help of writers all over the world). I've also started using a photographer for meets, and am working on video production coming up this fall, a major step up for us.

I and everyone who works on the site with me, we're all volunteers with full time jobs that pay our bills...and we often self-fund a lot of what we do for The Gymternet. A niche interest like this will never become a global empire or make me enough money to pay myself or others for the work we're doing, but what we CAN do with a little more income is continue expanding. We have some great opportunities for video production set up this fall, which is something we're hoping to work on even more in the future, with a goal of four video projects each year. Our other goals include travel to a greater number of international meets, like getting to world championships each year as well as having writers at the national championships for every major program on the international scene, and bringing a greater number of people to these events so we're not limited in the kind of coverage we do (e.g. being able to get more interviews in the hectic press zone, having photographers capture the meet, etc).

I'm so grateful to the people who have helped the site become what it is, which is a lot of you. As we reach our third birthday, we've had 1.5 million individual visitors viewing this site 8.4 million times, an awesome number and you're all helping us simply by showing up. Many of you have also donated to our PayPal, or have offered volunteer coverage, both of which is invaluable to our goals as we continue growing.

Since the Olympics last year, I've had many people ask why we don't have a Patreon, and I never felt like we needed one, but as we continue growing into something way bigger than I ever thought imaginable, I thought why not? So if you love what you see and want to help us make it even better, we're thrilled to finally give you a way to contribute and hope to bring in some fun incentives along the way.

Thank you all so much for the love over the years, and here's to the future!

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Tiers
You're amazing.
$1 or more per month
  • A special thank you at the bottom of all website posts.
  • Early access to upcoming video projects.
Seriously, I love you.
$5 or more per month
  • Entry into raffles when we have cool stuff to give away.
  • Your questions for our "You Asked, The Gymternet Answered" posts go to the top of the queue.
  • Plus all previous rewards!
You're basically my bestie.
$10 or more per month
  • Monthly streams where you get to ask me whatever you want LIVE and I'll tell you the business.
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at meets and at our video productions.
  • Plus all previous rewards!
Marry me!
$20 or more per month
  • Live stream post-competition recaps for major meets.
  • Commissioned interviews with gymnasts around the world (if we can get access to said gymnast).
  • Commissioned reaction blogs to old meets on YouTube (you pick the meet, we giggle at it and write stuff).
  • Plus all previous rewards!