Some Exciting Things on the Way!
I’ve been quietly toiling away at a few projects that are now finally ready for you to take a look at. It’s not just me either, because some of you have been in on these plans for awhile as well. No need to keep it a secret, let’s get loud! In this article I’m going to share it all and give you an update for some content scheduling shifts that will be necessary as a result.
The Jon Spencer Coalition
Let’s start with the most exciting news first, The Jon Spencer Coalition! I’ve spoken with several creatives, some you are familiar with and some new faces, in order to establish a peer network. This group is going to be working together to bring you cool content and in more mediums beyond just text posts. As you’ll see in the next section, I plan to overhaul my content and this group is going to be a big step forward in terms of making this all happen.
Ok, so what exactly is all this? I’ve carefully taken a lot of time to write it all out in a separate Google doc here. Alternatively, you can also view an about page which has recently been added to the site. It’ll give a quick overview, introduce the founding members, and provide the detailed document I just linked as well.
You won’t see any radical changes as we get this network in place, we have a phased approach with today’s article simply acting as an announcement. Over the next few weeks you can expect to see members using #TheJCo on Twitter as well as a few minor bits of branding. Additionally, you can expect several members to share similar announcement articles over at their places so keep an eye out.
That’s it on this for now 😉
WordPress has been my home ever since the founding of Jon Spencer Reviews in 2015, and while I’ve enjoyed my time here I’d really like to be doing some other stuff. Does this mean I’m going to quit blogging? No, but I do want to move away from exclusively text-based works and branch out.
One of the biggest reasons for this is that WordPress itself has become quite difficult to work in. They continually make changes to the platform that require me to spend a lot more time on content creation than I otherwise used to. For example, a simple review that used to take me 20 minutes to write now takes multiple hours thanks to drafts not saving, constantly having to reload the editor when it crashes, and a whole host of very minor (but very annoying) idiosyncrasies.
In addition to this, my laptop has been falling apart. My keyboard is the biggest offender, some keys barely work if at all. It’s super annoying to type things as the letters effected are not commonly used for other software, just typing words. Why not buy a new keyboard then? Well, you’ll have to read on to see why.
Beyond that, I’ve been very transparent about my personal situations in every aspect. I want to keep doing that, and part of this decision is that WordPress content just does not make money. I’m very appreciative to those who have made donations or continue to support me now, understand that this is NOT a complaint about lack of support, just an observation of reality. My goal has never been to charge people for my content or time, but I’ve been on an unsustainable path for awhile now. By shifting content I believe that I will not only be able to deliver better content, but also generate some funds so I can, you know, maybe not die.
Lastly, you may have noticed a BIG focus on community initiatives over the past year. I want to do more stuff like this, especially in a live and more personal environment. Hopefully you have all enjoyed these sorts of things and are excited to having more of them!
While The Jon Spencer Coalition will help me achieve this, I will need to also do a few things on my end. The biggest of which is upgrading my equipment. As I mentioned, my laptop is having issues so I think it would be better to just get a whole new machine that can do the things this can’t. Stuff like streaming, podcast, YouTube videos and way more suddenly becomes possible, but manageable on a more consistent schedule.
Unfortunately, this is a costly endeavor so I am asking for your help and support when it comes to this. In the document linked in the previous section, I outline everything you need to know. This includes a cost breakdown, timetables, and how you can support me. Please give that a look.
To wrap things up, I wanted to let you know about an important event that’s coming up for me. As you may know, I have been working towards getting disability payments for several years now but have had to wait around for a court hearing. I finally got a date, and while that’s good news it does mean content will be impacted this month and next.
The last full week of February (22-26) there will NOT be any scheduled content from me. I will do #AniTwitWatches on the 22nd and AMQ will still be hosted that Thursday. For Discord people, D&D is canceled this Wednesday but Friday hangout should still be on. I have some prep meetings that will cut into my available time for things and a compromise somewhere was necessary to facilitate this.
My actual hearing is during the final full week of March (22-26). I will be largely unavailable. The current #AniTwitWatches ends on the 8th, and while we will prep for the next one, we will not start back up again until April. There will be no scheduled content as well. For Discord people, D&D and AMQ are canceled on their respective days. Friday hangout should be OK though but I will let you know when the date is closer.
After my hearing in March I will be once again forced to wait. It can take anywhere from a few months to a year to receive a verdict. Until I do, no further disruptions or impacts will be felt in my content creation. The result of my hearing will likely impact my content, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
For now, that’s it folks! Please support all of these exciting changes and wish me luck with my hearing in March. All this cool stuff has me hype, and I hope you are feeling the same. Thanks for reading, and see you next time!