I took a much-needed, two-week tent camping vacation with my wife to the Grand Canyon last month. I came back refreshed and ready to examine what I wanted to do with the Mountain Bike Skills Network (MTBSN) community in the next year.
One thing is clear to me: the MTBSN Community is a gem and my #1 goal is to help it become more useful to current members while it continues its organic growth.
To help this happen, I started investigating the ‘creator’ features of Patreon. What’s Patreon?
“Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to get paid.”
There are many free places online to discuss mountain biking but few that are exclusively devoted to learning skills. And most of those are devoted to a single instructor or organization.
I’ve learned much from a variety of online mtb resources and so I wanted to create an online forum that A) made use of whatever was online that was helpful; and B) that tapped into the intelligence and collegiality of fellow mountain bikers who were willing to share and learn together. And so I’ve created the Mountain Bike Skills Network Community, currently a closed group on Facebook. Here’s the current description:
Why use a Facebook Group for this? Although Facebook’s Groups platform has many limitations, the advantages are significant and include: A) a large percentage of mountain bikers who are online use Facebook every day; B) Facebook has very good smartphone apps, including one specifically for Groups; C) it’s free for me to use as the organizer/administrator; D) its tools for photos and videos are very good; E) it’s very easy to tag people which encourages more engagement; and F) it’s very easy to link to resources within Facebook as well as to those resources outside of it.
If the Group gets too large and unwieldy, then migrating to a web forum outside of Facebook might make sense.
Interested? Click here. It’s a Closed Group which means I get notified to admit you.
MTB skills, instruction, & community
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