Anniversary of The Reloaders Network AND Loads of Bacon

It’s the 3 years anniversary of when I set up the Loads of Bacon channel on YouTube, and the 2 year anniversary of The Reloaders Network.
 
Just before midnight on February 5, 2017, I posted my first video on YouTube about how I had shot my chronograph. If interested you can find that video here: Bluetooth and bullet holes – the Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital chronograph
 
I started my channel in order to better interact with and contribute to our community of online shooters, reloaders, and bullet casters. I had learned and benefited a lot from several people’s YouTube videos and from the comments tied to those videos and I wanted to do more than just watch, so I started the Loads of Bacon channel and started posting videos of my own. Starting the channel was a lot of work, but it was also a great deal of fun interacting with all kinds of people. I saw the community continue to grow, and I wanted more. I wanted to see the community grow both larger and go deeper, and there’s only so much that can happen via the YouTube platform itself. Many people were conversing in the comments section of various YouTube videos, but those comments sections were always tied to specific videos and did not facilitate ongoing conversation. The YouTube live streams had a live chat, or side chat, and many people really enjoyed interacting there, but at that time those live chats were not recorded and were gone as soon as the live stream ended. So, 2 years ago I started experimenting with a service called Slack.
 
On February 6, 2018, I posted a video on YouTube inviting the world to gather together with our crowd of shooters, reloaders, and bullet casters on Slack. Only a few days later we gave the Slack gathering a name – The Reloaders Network – and things progressed quickly from there. I’ll include a copy of that video at the bottom of this post.
 
We’ve witnessed quite a bit of change over these last few short years. Days after we started using Slack YouTube announced that they were shutting down their dilapidated private message system. That didn’t hinder us because with Slack we had a far more robust message system for both public and private massages for groups and individuals. A few weeks later, in March 2018, YouTube posted their first version of their Policies on Content Featuring Firearms. The entire YouTube firearms community was in chaos and in doubt about the future of YouTube, and many were scrambling looking for alternative platforms to post their content. Slack enabled many of us to share information and collaborate during that time. In April 2018 I stood up the main website for The Reloaders Network, and things have continued to progress for our community since. We’ve seen regional groups formed as a result, and we’ve seen get-togethers happen. We’ve seen relationships established and grow into recurring live streams. We’ve seen new firearms owners, reloaders, and bullet casters gain confidence with their new equipment and skills, and we’ve witnessed many people grow and advance in their knowledge and understanding of their skills and hobbies. We’ve also seen quite a few deep friendships form, and that has resulted in encouragement, help, and comfort during times of personal loss and crisis. We’ve seen YouTube delete hundreds of “firearms content” related videos, but many of those are still viewable here on The Reloaders Network.
 
Much of this started with the use of Slack 2 years ago, but Slack, like every technology, has its limitations, so last month we transitioned from using Slack to a service called Discord. Discord is similar in many ways to Slack, but there are some differences and the general feedback has been that most people have enjoyed using Discord more than they did Slack. Also last year we stood up a community site called Headspace, and there are quite a few people that enjoy using that in addition to Discord, or even instead of using Discord. You can find links to both in the site menu under “Community”.
 
I really just want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for being a part of this. This has been a crazy and exciting few years, and I know that we’re really just getting started and we have much greater things ahead of us in the many years to come!

 


The Slack invitation video from 2018:

 

 

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slider50
slider50

this is a great place to be on thanks

harm
harm

I can’t believe it’s been two years since the Slack invitation went out. The community that has grown here is one I’m proud to be a part of. Thank you again for all the effort, and for providing platforms for interaction that a lot of us don’t have the opportunity for otherwise.

John's Hand Loading
John's Hand Loading

“Loads Of Bacon”. That says it all. The first time I watched one of your videos I thought “with a name like ‘loads of bacon’ this has to be good.” Little did I know how right I was. From making shooting videos that have the best ending audio anywhere on the internet (laughing, gurgling, joy filled child) to bringing hundreds of like minded, freedom loving people together on slack, discord, Headspace and The Reloaders Network. You have done us all a great service and helped each of us that interact and learn together. You have helped us make friends, learn… Read more »

national86
national86

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. This community is great and thank you for your hard work.

Chicowize
Chicowize

Congratulations on the hard work you’ve put into TRN/Slack/Headspace. Glad you let me be apart of it. Much information from everyone’s experiences is a bonus. Thanks for sharing

KFW
KFW

Congratulations and Thank You. You have done a lot for our community and created a great place to interact and share information. I appreciate all the hard work you have put in and it will no doubt continue to grow and prosper.

M1A2
M1A2

Oh and one other thing I just learned that I’m a great uncle again to a baby girl born this day

M1A2
M1A2

I joined just a few months back and have enjoyed the time I have been on here , but I think Bloomberg is trying to destroy our hunting and shooting sports , he has set up a campaign headquarters here in Minnesota now and hired 50 people for staff according to the message I got from from Ben Dorr

JBinMN
JBinMN

Thanks! LOB, for doing what ya have, to make the community a better Place! Outstanding efforts & ya deserve a bigger thanks than I can give! Keep on keepin’ on!
🙂 JB

John Fazer
John Fazer

Thanks for putting all the work to give us all such an awesome place to gather. Congrats on the anniversaries.

76Highboy Reloading
76Highboy Reloading

Congrats on your first year anniversary!!! You have done a great job and have quite the mindset of this entire operation!!! Happy Anniversary LOB.

Highboy

Bowty3
Bowty3

LOB, Just wanted to tell you that I have been with you since day1. I don’t interact because I don’t type and it is way too late in life for this old man to learn. But i did want to tell you thanks for all you have done. It has been a great ride so far. Looking forward to more.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider

Well done LOB! Do you have any pics or vids from Shot Show?

rebel
rebel

Love this place. So many interesting discussions and so many ways to interact. Thanks for creating this!!

Georgiaboy44
Georgiaboy44

Congratulations Bacon!! Your baby is two years old and growing. It’s a great place. Thanks for all your hard work👍🏻

GunFun ZS
GunFun ZS

It still feels like a new project to me. Though it is clearly rounding out and maturing.