The Wild Life is 100% supported by people like you. People who’ve taken the time to dig deeper. People who have only just stumbled upon this passion project of mine, or who’ve been following for x amount of time. Even if the end of this paragraph is as far as you get, I just want to say “thank you”.
Podcasts are free to listen. Making them isn’t. At the end of the year, I am able to “keep” $342 from Patreon. That comes out to 65 cents per hr. I’d love to expand, offer full transcripts, but those things add 100s of dollars in costs and fees. Your support keeps me going.
Truth is, there’s nothing I’d love more than to be able to run The Wild Life, the blog, the growing network of shows, all of it, as a full-time gig. Here’s the crazy thing: if 400 people contributed $10 per month…I could!
Membership via Patreon is my number one source of support and the only reason The Wild Life has been able to last as long as it has. You can sign up for as little as $1 per month. In return, you get all kinds of behind the scenes content, bonuses, and perks depending on your member level.
If you’re not wanting to make a monthly or long-term commitment, you can also support my work via Venmo @devon-bowker
After nearly 5 years of podcasting and blogging, I’m forging a new path. I don’t know how it will look. I don’t know what to tell you to expect. What I do know is I’ve thrown out a lot of the fluff that was eating up my bandwidth and adding to my stress. What remains? The Wild Life, Science People, Us, and Class as podcasts and blogs. Even those, though, are going to look different fairly soon, being a more accurate reflection, or extension, of me as a person, and used much more as a creative outlet than a formulaic, predictable pattern that has started to feel disingenuous and lifeless as time has gone on.
Your support helps me to afford to keep things going, covering domain and website costs, adobe creative cloud costs, and podcast hosting platform costs. Someday, I hope this little patreon that could can begin to earn enough to allow me to expand the creative horizons of the show even further so that I can do things like compose original music for the series, create live and animated videos, and be able to afford supplies to create engaging science videos and demonstration how-to’s. But those are all things I’ve decided not to chase, and instead will be eternally grateful if they come and will give them my all simply because it’s my passion.
If you’re a long time audience member, or newly joining, know that I am incredibly thankful for any and all support, and that I genuinely appreciate you as human beings. I will do my best to show that thanks. Sometimes life provides barriers and challenges that make it difficult to fulfill grand commitments and scheduled timelines, and so that’s why I have slimmed down the patron benefits. I’m a high school teacher and the father of two young boys outside of this. My kids will always be my number one priority, my career second, and so sometimes I need breaks or a hiatus from creation to take care of me and my own. I don’t want to feel like I’ve let yall down, nor do I want to falter on my word. Instead, I’ll continue to create, and as time goes on I hope that this becomes a genuine community of mutual admiration and support.
I want to get to know each and every one of you, have you on any of the shows, and help you to succeed in your pursuits just as you are helping me in mine. That’s my commitment. Content, creation, compassion, and community.
thank you for being you
At $4000 per month, I would be able to transition to doing The Wild Life and Science People! full-time.
The podcasts would continue, as would the blogs, but I would begin producing video content as companions to each episode, be able to travel for new and interesting stories I can’t give justice in my current capacity, and be able to create dozens of free online courses, entire curriculums, as well as materials for k-12 educators and college students, and a series of books!
Is this an ambitious goal? Absolutely.
At the time I write this (1/25/22), I have 13 seasons and 130+ episodes of the Class podcast planned out. That alone is a years-long commitment with immense opportunity to grow and evolve. Imagine if it wasn’t restricted to the podcast medium, but could exist as a free video series as well, paired with free instructional and educational materials?
Science People! currently has a roadmap laid out for AT LEAST another 20 seasons.
Between The Wild Life and Us…there is no end in site. I currently have 20 episodes already uploaded and scheduled with a Google Sheet on standby with over 100 other episode topics and templates in the works.
At $4000 per month, I’ll finally have the capacity to build The Wild Life network of shows and Science People! into the very things I’ve always known they could be.
That’s 4000 people at $1 per month or $12 per year
800 people at $5 per month or $60 per year
400 people at $10 per month or $120 per year
200 people at $20 per month $240 per year