By Drew Bryant
January 1st, 2023, theloadoutblog.com
In 2019, I embarked on a mission—to merge firearms and culture in a way that hadn’t been done in over 50 years. The Loadout Blog was born, envisioned as a fun, informative, and educational hub, featuring reviews on firearms, insightful guides, and even a touch of entertainment with a focus on movies and video games.
As the site grew exponentially, it became a go-to source for honest, accessible information and entertainment within the community. Over time, my focus shifted more towards firearms, temporarily setting aside the entertainment aspect. Yet, it’s a facet I’m eager to bring back, with a grand vision of transforming this website into a digital magazine, complete with a team of staff writers.
The journey so far has been solely funded by yours truly. However, for The Loadout Blog to reach its full potential, a necessary juncture has arrived. First, I plan on introducing advertising dollars, but I’m committed to avoiding clutter on the site and promoting only companies or products I genuinely use and recommend. I refuse to compromise my journalistic integrity or freedom for money.
Second, I will be introducing a subscription-based model. This shift is twofold: maintaining the website’s independence and ensuring it thrives. I’m eyeing a monthly subscription fee of $20. I believe it to be a fair price aimed at valuing and respecting my audience finances.
Why the subscription? It’s not about merely sustaining the website; it’s about propelling it forward. The funds generated will enable more reviews, class assessments, and the acquisition of essential equipment, such as a ballistic chronograph, to a camera, and ammunition. My aspiration is to develop a comprehensive white pages area akin to industry veterans like Aaron Cowan from Sage Dynamics or Pew Science, presenting information and reviews in the most unbiased manner possible.
Subscribers won’t just be patrons; they’ll be part of an exclusive community with perks. Imagine giveaways of reviewed firearms, monthly raffles featuring gift cards to industry products, and behind-the-scenes insights into the latest articles I will be working on. It’s a way of saying thank you for supporting a vision that seeks to create a better firearms culture, perpetually under attack.
The subscription model isn’t about abandoning the 9-5 grind; it’s about striking a balance. It will empower me to focus on generating more content, bringing in freelance writers to diversify our coverage, and delving deeper into industry-related matters. The goal is simple—to provide you, the reader, with even more engaging, diverse, and accessible content on the website and across social media platforms.
In 2024, The Loadout Blog is evolving. Advertising and a subscription-based future beckons, promising a richer, more vibrant tapestry of content. As we embark on this exciting chapter, I invite you to join us, to be a part of a community dedicated to fostering a firearms culture that stands resilient against challenges. I’m currently awaiting approval from SubscribeStar, and as soon as that information is available to me, I will make it known to the audience. The journey has just begun, and the best is yet to come.
Hello, everyone and welcome to The Loadout Blog. The purpose of this website is to share educate, inform, and build a lasting culture around firearms. I want to create a hub of reliable, cohesive, and relevant material for today’s shooter. I am seeking to appeal to all demographics so from the novice, to experienced, along with LE and military communities. I am here to be transparent and honest on all matters discussed or chronicled on this site. I will post content once a week at minimum or more often if time allows.
Now, a little bit about me. I served six years in the Marines Corps as an 0311. I was in 2nd BN 4th Marines, 5th Marine Reg, 1st Mar Div. I was in Golf Company while in 2/4. I was deployed twice during my time in. I did one deployment to Afghanistan and my second was on apart of 31st MEU. I departed the military in September of 2015. I currently work as an RSO at a local range in Vegas.
Thank you for stopping by my website and join the journey with me. To stay up to date with the website, hit that subscribe button. Be humble. Be savage. Have a great day.
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