PressPatron is my promise to dig deeper, faster into masters track worldwide

Joy Upshaw, a longtime friend, is as playful after a race as she is fierce during one.Joy Upshaw, a longtime friend, is as playful after a race as she is fierce during one. My next photo may be of you!

For 22 years, I’ve showcased and watch-dogged adult age-group track and field – in America and around the world. Y’all have motivated my passion to cover this niche, often poorly covered elsewhere.

PressPatron is perhaps the best journalistic crowd-funding service.

As you’ve likely noticed, I recently added a “Become a supporter” button to every page. It’s also within the blue banner at the top of the page. If you click either, you’ll discover my new funding campaign to support the growth of this site.

As a semi-retiree, I have self-funded this site. With your support, I’d like to take mblog to the next level. Thankfully, my needs are modest. I’d like to cover the costs of hosting this website and other fees, as well as raise $$$ to help defray travel expenses to major meets. This would be achieved with a few hundred dollars a month.

Your support will help keep my camera clicking and wordplay cranking, and I’ll make sure readers benefit too. By making a contribution, you’ll be rewarded with a more diverse range of coverage. If my supporter campaign exceeds expectations, I would deliver extra benefits.

Other ambitions include:

  • Increased frequency of postings, with more news and views from your favorite geezer track site.

  • Photo galleries where you can download free high-resolution images of yourself.

  • Message boards where you can start chats (called threads) on any masters track subject.

  • Daily polls to let USATF and WMA muckymucks know where you stand on hop topics.

  • And a free email newsletter (weekly or daily depending on how often I post).

  • (I welcome other suggestions!)

To make my supporter funding campaign possible, I have partnered with PressPatron. This New Zealand-based team has created a secure payment platform, dedicated to sustaining high quality journalism around the world. The service makes credit card payments simple, and empowers readers to choose the amount and frequency of their donation.

PressPatron’s service is much easier to use than other donation systems I’ve tried. Three years ago, I described ways to donate. I was humbled by the monetary contributions. Yet the “Give” program was clunky. Most people ended up writing checks, which isn’t the most user-friendly love offering. By contrast, PressPatron allows payments to be completed in around 30 seconds.

I’m energized to see how this site can be financially sustained into the future. Reader contributions will provide mighty motivation for me to boost efforts to cover the sport. Feel free to contribute any amount that matches your budget. Every dollar counts and makes a big difference!

Thanks for considering a modest contribution. Regardless of your level of support, I’ll continue being your immodest servant!

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About the Author

Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at or Story tips always welcome!

1 Comment on "PressPatron is my promise to dig deeper, faster into masters track worldwide"

  1. Thanks for all you do, Ken.

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