7:00 am EEST (GMT+3). This is the June 15 2020 daily proof of life post. Today I want to talk about my summer schedule for this blog. There’s a lot to unpack regarding the decisions I’ve made and what went into them, so they will likely be follow-up posts over the next several days.
Here’s the tl;dr for you:
- There will be one blog post here per day, 7 days a week.
- All zines are cancelled.
- Minimalist mantra: get rid of what you don’t need to make space for what you do.
- Personal mantra: How is this helping?
Focus on Outcomes
I want to write things other than tabletop roleplaying. My past logic was that I enjoy blogging, and I enjoy zines, so maybe I could make a run at somehow monetizing those. Blog posts could be compiled into zine, which could be sold.
Except the zines, reality check, don’t sell. In the past 6 weeks I have had one sale, for a whopping 99 cents, on Gumroad. As for the blog, two different marketing firms approached me during May. They both promised to help with partnerships and sponsored content. Both of those deals fell through. The bills continue to be paid with tabletop roleplaying.
How is this blog helping me, then? It’s my substitute for social media. This is a safe, non-toxic way to connect to the world. It aids my mental health. To gain that benefit, I only need to make one post a day. All of the other ranting can get channeled into the novel. No one’s probably going to read that, either, but at least I find it creatively fulfilling.
With those frustrations out of the way, I have more time to read. Which improves my writing, for all manner of reasons. There’s more time to spend time on the novel. So that’s the recalibration. I’ll see how this works an tweak it. At the end of August I’ll look at where things are at, because what even is this world we live in anymore, and change things again for the autumn.