The Bee Smart beekeeping project is essentially the informational arm of my work as a professional apiarist. My “Hands On” work is communicated through the BBE-Tech Apiary Services website but everything to do with teaching, doing presentations and making content available about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that is informative, useful and (I hope) entertaining is done here on the Bee Smart beekeeping project.
The vast majority of content is produced, edited, written and recorded by yours truly. Why? Because I like to facilitate and help people be successful in their chosen area. If I can facilitate a successful experience and make a living at the same time, albeit not a “Grand” living, color me ecstatic.
I leave the door open for some special collaborators on this project, namely JPtheBeeman, Schawee, Beekeeper of the swamp and Antnee G, to write, send in video and collaborate on audio projects as much or as little as their hearts desire. I bee-lieve in the work all those folks do and if I can help them get their awesome content out to others even moreso, by golly I’m there.
Having said that, they are not “paid” employees or contributors. They are not expected to do anything they do not choose to do here. If they find it easier and accomodatable to post content here without the worries of managing a website or other such tasks, then I have done my little bit in fair trade with them perhaps for that awesome content.
In regard to other potential contributors, I’d absolutely LOVE to be able to pay for awesome content others are capable of bringing to the table. In the future, as we gain more patrons and grow our earnings, we will have the budget to pay people for extraordinary contributions. In the meantime though, I won’t be the next Huffington Post and pay people in “exposure” because I think that’s just dishonest.
If there is a way I can barter or trade with a potential contributor short of $ and you are willing to discuss it, talk to me, let’s make magic happen. But it’s your choice entirely.
As for me, I will work hard to continue to bring you the best content that is useful, informative and (hopefully) entertaining about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that I can and earn your patronage.