Updated: The second of the three newsletters referred to below, focusing on the trans community, has been deleted, due to lack of interest, it seems.
I’ve been busy in this second week of my two-week vacation.
I’ve set up three newsletters on substack.com:
The first is a free one highlighting the 3-D tole paper art of my partner, Maggie. Her work is so beautiful that I really want to show it to the world, and at the same time talk about her creative process and more. We both hope that other hobbyists who share a love for the craft will join us there. Her work is a labour of love, and as you may have noticed by now, blogging (and newslettering) is a labour of love for me, too. So, this a natural fit; the fact we will be doing this together is just so very cool.
The second newsletter was directed at the trans community, but didn’t seem to spark any interest. It has been deleted.
The third newsletter is a subject dear to many people’s hearts: naturism. It is such a popular subject that I feel it deserves its own forum. There will be a combination of free posts and subscription-only posts, and I’m hoping to have some guest writers, too. Again, there is a nominal subscription fee, for a couple of reasons. One is to deter voyeurs who are not really interested in naturism. And the second is to earn some coffee money. I have been blogging in various forums, including on the Montreal Gazette site, for many years, and I’ve never made any money doing it. I didn’t even get paid for doing my newspaper blog; it had to be done on my personal time. They got some 5,000 blog posts out of me, and more than one million page views.
Blogging has actually cost me money: the annual domain and site fee on wordpress, for example.
I figure I have done at least 10,000 blog posts over the years. Some of my colleagues think I’m nuts for giving away so much time and effort, but as mentioned, I love blogging and the interaction with readers that comes with it. I have made new friends through my blogs, both virtual and in real time. I treasure my loyal readers.
In the new naturism newsletter, I’ll run some of the more popular naturism posts from this blog, but they will be free posts for anyone to read. Only new posts will be limited to paid subscribers, as well as the ability to comment on all the posts, free or not.
The newsletter is called The Naturism Community.
As for this blog, it will carry on as always covering a variety of subjects, including naturism once in a while. It is my main blog, and I’ll write it to the day I die, free of charge.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading and engaging in discussion here. It means so much to me.
I’ll save my New Year’s wishes for a post tomorrow (Thursday).
ALOHA JILLIAN:….. hope i find u warm, healthy & safe…. mahalo for your articles and good luck on your new projects/adventures….. i am truly fortunate that i live on 2 1/2 secluded acres, can be naked all of the time, even in the winter, when the temperature rarely gets above the low 80’s; brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, and a few of my friends who stop by, or people who stay here, mostly are okay with me not having on clothes. Plus an outside shower and a few private waterfalls/swimming pools in the vicinity….. HAU’OLI MAKAHIKI HOU/HAPPY NEW YEAR….. love & aloha from the north shore of Maui….
Hey, thanks! Good to hear from you. Can we all come camp out on your acres?
Your work is exhaustive and inspirational to say the least, and I fully understand the desire to blog regardless if you get paid for it or not. It’s hard to generate revenue on a site where nudity may or may not be posted. Seems no one in our culture understands the difference between natural and artistic nudity to that of a sexual nature, so they will not allow their ads or affiliations to be placed on a site that does. Sadly, this limits the revenue stream opportunities to that of donations or some form of subscription. I have been noticing more and more nudist moving to Patreon as a way to help generate revenue for their work. Right now I don’t want to fool with it, but it may be an additional avenue for you to take. I read somewhere that you can even use a plugin for WordPress to have certain pages as paid only, if you want that.
I tried using Amazon affiliations for a bit and made a little bit of money, but once they did a review and noticed nudity on my blog they shut me down. At least they paid me for what commissions I did earn Very discouraging. Like you, I’m moving forward regardless of revenue.
I have put a couple donation options on my blog, and I have gotten a little bit to help cover my expenses, so that may be an option too. I used PayPal and have a BitCoin address as well.
I wish you the best and I hope you are able to generate some form of income by doing something that you love. 🙂
Thanks for this. I just discovered it in the spam section here and rescued it.
Substack is an interesting site: it was set up with journalists in mind, I think. A former colleague of mine left the security of the newspaper to work as an independent journalist through Substack. I’m not quite that brave, but I thought I would try it out, and approach the subject more from a journalism angle than a labour of love. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not looking to make a lot of money there or anything, hence the nominal fee in Canadian dollars. Paid subscriptions will give me incentive to work harder at it, whereas a blog like this one can be laidback and personal.
Thank you for your encouragement. I will definitely point to your blog in one of my reports there and send some readers your way.
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That is very kind of you to point visitors my way. I try to do the same for others as well. The best way to get the word out of often word of mount. I hope you are able to make money doing this. At least enough to cover your costs and maybe a few cups of coffee along the way. I truly is a labor of love, but I feel it is worth my time. It gives me a chance to express myself openly. Almost like therapy for me.
Good luck and keep up the great work.
I mentioned your blog and linked to it in a new post today.
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Thank you. I liked the newsletter post. It was nice how you chose a few to write about. I need to do something similar.
I subscribed to your newsletter. You are an excellent blogger so I imagine your newsletter will be excellent as well. I cannot imagine doing a newsletter myself, so I commend you on the courage and initiative that I lack!
Just like you, I have dropped a bit of money to write a blog that only intermittently hits on nudism. I cannot imagine myself being interesting enough to put out enough material to make it worth paying for. That is why I don’t monetize my blog. But you are the better writer of us.
Your postcard is perfect.
Thank you, Fred. I appreciate it. I think you are a fine writer, too, and I might be interested in a guest post or two by you for that newsletter. We’ll talk about that later as it gets more established.
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