Last month I wrote a lengthy post soliciting comments from readers on how I could focus my efforts to help the hammer throw and also make the efforts sustainable. After hearing some feedback and bouncing some ideas off of my old training partners, I have come up with a few ideas which I will roll out over the next six months. The first one is on this site.
My personal blog and website have morphed over the years from an avenue to write about my training and solicit sponsors, to a website dedicated to education about training. And it is not just coaches education or athlete education, but my own education as I learn while I research and write about every new topic on the site. The only problem I face is I love writing for it so much that I invest a lot of money and time into it. The data I have authored and compiled over the last five years could fill volumes of books: nearly 250,000 words and 350 posts.
Starting today, I am implementing a new feature on MBingisser.com. If you become a member of the site you will have unlimited access to our archives and the wealth of information that it contents for the next year. At a cost of $20 USD per year (less than $2 USD per month), I am looking to recoup the costs of hosting, registering, and designing all of the webpages I work on, as well as the other costs that come up when putting together good content. For example, interviewing Jüri Tamm last week required a vacation day from work and an expensive train ticket. Clinics often cost several hundred dollars, and throwing books and DVDs can cost upwards of fifty dollars and an annual subscription to other sites like the Mac Wilkins Review cost many times more. For a small token payment you can not only gain access to a database of even more information and also show your support for the hammer throwing community. Last week’s 3-part interview with Tamm was just one example of the value it gives you and how the membership program will help support great future content. Plus, it would make a great Christmas gift for your throwing friends or family members.
For those of you that do not want to become members, do not worry. A core goal of this site is still broad coaches education and the most recent posts will be accessible for free so that I can continue to reach more people and help everyone share ideas and learn more about the training, the hammer throw, and athletics. Therefore, posts like “Learning the Hammer Throw” my posts on the Diamond League, and others will be open to all in order to help spread the event to new people. Non-members will also get a free preview of all other content.
I have a lot of features planned for the site in the next year and look forward to you joining me in another year of learning along with me and helping the hammer throw grow. I have a planned complete redesign of the site that will, among other features, allow easier navigation and browsing of the archives. And, as always, I will have frequent posts on a range of topics including training talks already lined up with a American champions, and training experts from other sports.