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In One Week…

I will be leaving a week from today, I have the majority of my home packed up and in storage, still have a few large items that I need to find a storage spot for the 265 days that I will be on the road.  I am still tweaking the website everyday and it will evolve over the course of this project.  I have got everything worked out with Topline Promotions to make all the T-Shirts and Baseball Hats, please order one and when you receive it please take a picture and post to the Baseball Buddha Facebook page!  Click here to order http://w.mawebcenters.com/baseballbuddha/ecommerce/ .

Packed Up!

I am still working on my itinerary but it is coming along nicely and I will post that on a weekly basis when I figure out a more defined system, my friend Roger Wilson has compiled a list of over 16,000 baseball games that are scheduled for the upcoming season.  He has organized them in an Excel spreadsheet and all I have to do is sort by day and location to see what games are being played in that area, the games he has included are MLB, MiLB, College, College Summer Leagues and some various independent leagues.  What a wonderful thing to have and it is very much appreciated.  I have had an outpouring of support from so many people and the constant encouragement and kind words has given me a lot of motivation.

My co-workers got together with me last Friday night and gave me a going away party, what a wonderful group of people, you all will be missed and I thank you all for the last 5 years.  Just wanted to give a quick update!  Keep checking the Social Media sites and go through the website, I have added to my biography and I will continue to add as the summer progresses, I explained further on the “How to Help” page on what I will be blogging about so please check those things out.

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Do you know Social Media? I need help!

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I am looking for someone that knows Social Media, the pay is not that great, well there is no pay.  I am looking for someone that wants to get their hands dirty and learn the ins and outs of all the Social Media platforms, I need someone that is willing to work with me for the next 9 months to get Baseball Buddha as much exposure as you can.  This will help you gain valuable experience email me at john@baseballbuddha.com, I look forward to hearing form you!

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Website on Mobile Phones

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It never dawned on me to make sure the mobile site was as good as the full website, if you have checked out my website only on your smartphone it needs a lot of work, you can view the full site on your mobile if you scroll to the bottom and hit the “full site” link.  Sorry for not saying something earlier, I am sure that a lot of you were not to impressed at first.  I will continue to improve everything over the course of the baseball season, thanks for all your support!

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Comfortable…

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It is -8 degrees outside as I write this, in 2 weeks I will be in Florida watching baseball.  It doesn’t seem possible that baseball is right around the corner with this weather!  I have been very busy packing up my home and getting it ready to put in storage, still a lot to do and I am running out of time.  I need to recruit someone to help me load up a moving truck yet!  I don’ have a lot of things and it should only take about an hour to load a truck because I have it all boxed up, but I have a few large items I need help with.

It feels so odd to be packing and not having a place that I am going to call home, I am going to be a nomad for the baseball season and I will let the season unfold and I will go where I am pulled.  I have so many worries that play out in my head but I continue to overcome the scare of those, I am understanding the “comfortable” mentality more each day and I can see why a lot of people put things off to another day, we or I have become very comfortable with our lives and how they are playing out, I understand why people don’t take the risk of doing something different, we love familiarity.  I have no issues with any of this because I am feeling the uneasiness of uprooting my entire being and really getting out of my comfort zone and it scares me a lot.

I worry about a lot of things about this trip, i.e. car breaking down, sleeping in the car, running out of money, not finding interesting stories, not knowing how to write about the stories I do find, not getting any followers, meeting some crazy people, not finding a game to watch, my daughter needing me and she can’t get a hold of me, all my stuff getting stolen, nobody buying any t-shirts or hats, me not knowing what to say when people start asking me questions…  The list goes on and I need to share all this with you, I hope I don’t sound neurotic, I am not, these are concerns and I am taking a big risk and I am so excited to do this but there are days that I wish I could just be daydreaming about it than actually getting ready to do it.  Human nature I guess, just want to be comfortable…  Thanks for reading my rant!  Hope it warms up!

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Follow Me on Foursquare

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A great way to see where I am, during the baseball season, is to follow me on Foursquare.  What is Foursquare?  How do I sign up?  I  grabbed a paragraph form their website that explains it a little more:

“Foursquare is a free app that helps you and your friends make the most of where you are. When you’re out and about, use Foursquare to share and save the places you visit. And, when you’re looking for inspiration for what to do next, we’ll give you personalized recommendations and deals based on where you, your friends, and people with your tastes have been. (Read More)

This is a great social media site that I will be utilizing everyday please follow me click on this link :https://foursquare.com/_baseballbuddha or sign up for an account and follow me, I will follow you back!

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Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.  I chose to start a campaign on the website Indiegogo.com, there are many sites to chose from and it is becoming the go to platform to raise money for a variety of projects. At Indiegogo, creating a campaign is simple. Tell people what you are doing, how they can help and what unique perks they’ll get for becoming contributors.

It is my goal to raise approximately $50,000 to help support Baseball Buddha. My personal contribution is roughly $10,000 and I also have commitments of an additional $10,000 from a couple of supporters. I am looking for the support of baseball fans to raise another $10,000 on Indiegogo.com and the remaining $20,000 I hope to raise as I am out traveling and interacting with baseball fans across America during the season.  The $50,000 will go towards the expenses I incur on the road, i.e. gas, insurance, camping fees, baseball tickets (hopefully I will meet some great people along the way that will give me tickets) and the occasional hotel.  I promise that I will live frugally as I conduct this social experiment!

If you would like to contribute to this project you can do it a number of ways, purchase a T-Shirt or Hat, or donate a gallon of gas on my website www.baseballbuddha.com.  Shirts can purchased when you click on the Buddha “Swag” link and to donate a gallon of gas click on the “How You Can Help” link.  These links are at the top of page.  The other way to contribute is to go to the Indiegogo,com link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/baseball-buddha–2/x/5965788 .

Thanks for all your support!

John Reimer