As you know, the Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors has been a passion project for many years. This website started off as Roy Ghim’s blog on the universal language of football in a Korean context, and it has slowly and steadily grown over the years. As more of you have joined the community, more of us – contributors and writers – have been fortunate enough to join along for this ride. And our site has grown and evolved.
Over the past year, we at the Tavern have been thinking a lot about what we wanted for the future of this site. With life always being so busy, and other projects biting at our heels, it has been publicly expressed on the site that we have been worried that we might not be able to continue to devote enough time to this community. The truth is that passion projects, as fun as they are, often have to give way to other commitments. We’ve worried that we would be unable to keep providing you the coverage of the KNT, youth players, Korean players abroad, and the original looks at Korean football that you keep coming back to the Tavern for.
We’ve also been very fortunate, however, to realize the great support for this site, and the community we’ve been able to build together. It’s inspired us and motivated us to take another crack at the can. You may have noticed that in the past few months we’ve made significant backroom changes by welcoming a few new writers in order to bring a fresh perspective and an energizing of the future of the Tavern. (We’ve made some summer signings!)
That future is now. It’s been here these past few weeks as we’re gearing up for a busy KNT summer of World Cup and Asian Games action. It’s the Tavern pod making its way over to iTunes and becoming a regular part of our content. It’s bringing original series and features to the site on a constant basis so that we can cover Korean football in English like nobody else. Most of all, it starts with you.
Today, we’re announcing that we’re launching our very own Patreon page.
We’re not expecting to be making a living off of this – and we’re not doing it for the money. This remains firmly a passion project – a labour of love. But the truth is that we need to ensure that we have the resources to keep the lights on and grow this Tavern community.
If you donate to the Tavern today, you are helping to keep the Tavern open for business.
We promise to be honest and transparent with you, and respect the commitments and added perks you will get as a Tavern patron. We promise that if ever you’re not satisfied with our services, or if we feel we’ve let you down, we will be the first to have that discussion with our patrons. We promise to use this Patreon as another step towards building this Tavern community into a place where all the fans of the Taeguk Warriors can gather together to share their stories and love of football. We promise to use the Patreon to give you a chance to contribute to the content we create, continue to grow our online and offline community, and partner with football fans and writers around the world to bring you new and exciting content.
We want to go on a journey to see how big we can make this passion project. We can’t do it without you.
If you can make any contribution to the Tavern today, we would greatly appreciate it. Visit our Patreon!
Viva Korean football!
The Tavern Crew (Roy, Jae, Jinseok, Tim, Nicole, Namu, Michael, Kevin & Chi Soo)