Over the past year, and this week especially on some facebook pages and in the comment section, there is an underlying negative tone that we here at Woody Boater some how are biased to certain sponsors. Financed by them and so on. OK, people can have their opinions. Yes, we are biased. That’s the entire point of Woody Boater. Duh. But tied to them financially, NO. We, you the readers, and our community are supported by the wonderful sponsors all around the page.
We use, trade, promote, and yes, we pay those that support the ENTIRE culture in a positive way. Now, you may shake your head and agree or disagree. But as a society we sometimes don’t support the good guys. We will change airlines for a $1 fare difference, or screw over a car dealer over floor mats, and yes, get your boat worked on by someone that doesn’t support the hobby over someone who does. Or spews a negative influence on the entire community. It’s sad really, but some people feel the need to be agitators about things they know nothing about.
I can tell you that I get countless emails and phone calls from people that are upset that so and so business wasn’t helpful for free, or a classic situation is a restorer who is pumped for information, only to loose a job because of a perceived lower price. Information and knowledge are the true value of work done. Trust, and being a good person should be standard for succeeding in business. Look around. Many of the businesses out there have been around for decades, they didn’t get that way by screwing folks over, but some do not support the entire hobby.
I am NOT just talking about Woody Boater, I am talking about all the ways a company can support us all. Go to any ACBS show, and Hagerty is there with sponsor money. Are any other Insurance companies? Not really.
Open any magazine we all read, and there is the usual set of sponsors. All of that is good business, yes, awareness etc, but it’s also support. There is no reason to buy an ad in ALL the magazines and WoodyBoater. It makes no sense.
What makes sense is to just buy an ad in the magazines and websites that reach your target. Buy search words on Google. So by running your ads on many of the magazines and sites, it’s all there in a collective way to keep our Community going. In other words, we are all in this together. A rising tide, lifts all classic boats. And negative comments that are false just help pull the drain plug on everyone.
And that is why we use and are bias to our sponsors. We support or supporters. They in turn support you, and therefore the culture of classic boating can grow and be there for you when you need them. It’s important. When you make a choice to buy, or use someone in the hobby, think about the real cost of that $1 you just saved. It may cost you far more later on when there isn’t anyone good and honest around to help you.