Getting Back Into Things… What Things?

Here we are again. Another two months have flown by and I have been quiet. Too quiet for my liking. Rather than make excuses or make promises, I’m gonna be honest and say that I probably won’t have a succinct schedule for the foreseeable future. Meaning, I can’t post every day, week, month, etcetera. This is for both my YouTube channel and this website.

It was hard to find some schedule that fits me, like once a week or every two weeks or whatever. I basically decided just to throw the schedule out the window for now and get a move on.

If you haven’t been on my site for a while, you may have noticed some differences. Firstly, my beautiful new banner and profile picture, photography by my boyfriend, Chris Chase-Onions (you can find his blog here).

I also went back on what I mentioned in a previous post, (I do not want to go back and read it to find out what I actually said because honestly, it isn’t my best post). I re-launched my Patreon. It was a hard decision. It honestly took a lot of self-talk. I had to tell myself that I wasn’t a failure for my last campaign not working out. I am not a failure, I just went about the first campaign too soon and I didn’t put a lot of work into what I was doing.

This time in creating my Patreon page, I wrote and rewrote sections multiple times, had my page proofread, tested my page on perspective patrons (ie. my mom and my friends), studied guides for success, asked my boyfriend if I could use his beautiful photographs, and made sure that I was happy with everything before I launched the page. Weeks of preparationΒ lead to the simple click of a green button.

Rory-5-patrons
Photography by Chris Chase-Onions

Within 48 hours of launching, I already had 5 patrons and had reached my first goal, the Rory Milestone! I didn’t think I would even reach that goal, let alone that quickly.

The feeling of your first patron pledging to you, for me, only can be described as giddy excitement. It meant that someone believed in me, so much so that they decided to pledge actual money.

Now that I’m back on Patreon, I just want to make something really clear. I won’t stop posting publicly on my blog, or my videos on YouTube just because I have this new Patreon community. Ultimately, my content is gonna be free no matter what occurs. Unless I get published (like that will ever happen), and you have to pay for copies of my book! I will, however, be posting exclusive content for patrons like behind the scenes content, scripts/notes early ideas, etcetera. More information about what I share is on my page.

What are “things,” as mentioned in the title of the post? Things are content that I have always posted, like blog posts, reviews, and YouTube videos. They are coming back and that’s a definite thing. I don’t like quitting things. The schedule as I mentioned is a little wonky, as I work a lot to try and pay for rent,Β utilities, and food. I do have ideas for the future of ReadingArsenal, as both a website and a YouTube channel.

Managing the crux of subscribers and views on YouTube and even on this website is also very difficult as I know I don’t have a huge following. I don’t care about numbers; I just care that people actually enjoy what I’m putting out and are communicating with me through comments. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be just a fan also. I just love feedback, discussion. I love human connection!

Future is a big unknown, but I’m trying to make the most of the present. I am thinking about what other projects I want to do, like maybe an audio podcast, (maybe not even related to books!) or continuing writing my novel (that I have been writing since I was thirteen).

I think that about covers what I want to discuss in this post. Thank you to my new patrons, and fans who have been there since the beginning.

 

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