Hi, friends! In this post I’d like to briefly explain my plans for Perfect Chaos moving forward, as well as request your feedback on those plans. As you will see if you read on, the changes I’m proposing are fairly major, and I would love for as many of you as possible to get behind me as I make the transition into a new schedule, for without you, I am nothing! (he says with both truth and melodrama!).
An Overview of my Plans
With the blog tour now finished, and now that my new book has been released into the wild and all the hard work of researching, writing, editing, etc, is over, it’s time to move forward and embark upon a new blogging adventure. Well, I say new, but some of my plans involve a return to the kind of schedule I was employing for a few months last year.
Looking over my stats (which I don’t do religiously, but it can be quite interesting to reflect upon these things from time to time!) I noticed that the best period for my blog in terms of traffic and engagement was when I was blogging four times a week to a set schedule last year. I also had some feedback from some of you recently that you missed me blogging to that schedule (and I miss that schedule too!). So, to take the words of a sermon title from inspirational pastor T. D. Jakes completely out of context, you are going to get it back again!
But wait, there’s more! I’m going to be introducing a new kind of post, and it’s something I’m a little anxious about. I haven’t been earning an income over the last few months, partly because I inherited a little money after my dear grandmother passed away, which enabled me to pay my rent and living expenses while dedicating a lot of time to doing the single most important thing I’ve ever done — writing and releasing God’s Grand Game.
My funds are drying up now and it’s unlikely, in the short-term at least (and I won’t even speculate about the long-term), that I’ll be earning a wage from book sales. I have a mental health condition, which entitles me to some financial support from the government, but to the extent that I am able to do so I would like to work — especially if that work involves doing what I love (which as you may be aware is everything related to writing, philosophy, theology, and music).
With all of the above in mind, I’ve hatched a plan! The idea is that (in a creative way that in no way compromises the quality of my content) I will be able to make a little money from blogging in order to supplement the funds I receive from the government for my mental health condition. Read on to discover how I intend to do that…
My New Schedule
A short post introducing a piece of music to inspire, move, and excite readers of the blog at the start of the week.
A reflection on a topic linked to theology, accompanied by a video I have freshly filmed and edited. Examples of topics to be covered include free will, morality, suffering, the nature of God, and interfaith dialogue.
Every Friday I will present a snapshot of a different philosopher from history and offer a concise reflection on something meaningful and interesting that they have contributed to the history of ideas.
Every Saturday I will publish a sponsored feature, which might be a guest post, a post I have written on behalf of a sponsor, or some other kind of collaboration with a reputable and relevant partner.
I will present a brief recap of my week in blogging, along with a few personal reflections on my life at this time and a ‘Question of the Week’ to engage with readers in a fun way.
Some Closing Thoughts
Let me just say that if God gives me the energy I need in order to pull it off I think this is going to be an amazing new chapter in the life of Perfect Chaos! I’m really excited. There will be more quality content focused on philosophy and theology than ever before (there will have to be if I’m going to attract anyone to sponsor a post!) and posting a video once a week is going to be tiring, but a lot of fun!
I’m very scared, but also excited to see whether, with your support, I can make this schedule work. And trust me, it will need your support. And I don’t expect that support in return for nothing, I’m going to give this new schedule 100%, as I always try to do, in everything I do *sheds a brief tear!*
Thank you for reading! What are your thoughts on the new schedule? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments below, even if you think I’ve lost the plot entirely 😁