First, we are extremely thankful for all the kind words yesterday! To say we are moved is an understatement. Your support and honest insights are priceless. Through out the day, we read the comments, and to be honest, I had to hold back on my end from commenting several times. We wanted to see how it was playing out. One theme kept coming through, and its not what you may think. I have sat in way to many focus groups in my 32 year carrier in marketing, and listening to the words that folks say can sometimes be a red herring. You have to listen to their feelings. And what became clear as day to Texx and I was one thing. INDEPENDENCE! Woody Boater is the ONE place out there that is free from any outside influence. If you do not like what we have to say or do, you can sit there and stew or not click, and comment freely, and anonymously to let the world know how you really feel.
You also screamed that being free and open is critical to the hobby. It’s an open door to this world, and WE LOVE YOU ALL FOR NOTICING THAT, and fighting to keep that alive. Trust me, we will. That is why we started this thing, and the fuel that really keeps Texx and I going. NOT MONEY! In a way, this is our way of giving back, giving to a community full of amazing folks that also give..and give..and give, everyone seems to have there hand out or in our pockets.. So …. asking for more from you is not what we want to do. That’s right. Just the simple fact that we are all in this together is enough. Woody Boater is financially very strong, we have the freedom to do what we please, when we want to, to follow our passion where, were we want to. That is money in the bank.
You might wonder how this thinking all came about. Through out the day, another theme that threaded through out the comments was a need to know what we might do with the money if and when it came in. A chill ran up my spine! To be honest. We have NO idea. We really don’t know, and don’t want to know. Do not get me wrong. I run a successful business helping companies communicate what they are doing. It’s fun to have one here with Woody Boater that I don’t have to think ahead. I know Texx feels the same, we do not have to plan, or listen to anyone. It’s all from the heart, and not the wallet. Each day we walk in and have no idea what we’re are going to talk about. And yet it all works. Having 50,000 donations, changes the dynamic of that. Now Texx and I would be doing it because you are paying us to do it. And its a job. A job that can not afford any of us. All of a sudden, when someone does something for Woody Boater it becomes commerce, not passion or love, money becomes a contract that neither you or us want. We become another club or society. AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Or ARRRRRRRGGGGGG! HA.. I have to care if i spell something write, right,rite. To hell with that. I can’t say hell.. I can’t piss anyone off by mistake and not sleep at night. I have to answer to special interest groups, LIKE LAPSTRAKES LOVERS!
So. NO DONATIONS, NO SUBSCRIPTIONS! NO WAY. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! We want to remain free and open to be a place were folks can have fun and wonder into the hobby and not feel that we have our hands out, or want something from them. Woodyboaterville is a free place to visit and not have to think about that crap. We will rely on our freedom to do what we want, and pray that its what you like. Our sponsors that we love, will benefit from your support, and in the end, when you mention Woody Boater to them, they will intern support us all through your business and support. It’s a win win for all of us. Thats your donation, Support our, YOUR sponsors!