#IWSG – Worldbuilding 40k

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I had hoped to write to you today, to celebrate my blog receiving 40,000 views since March 2014. As of publishing this, I’m at 39,777. Very close. I’m hoping with doing both my IWSG article and my newest Worldbuilding article on Gold will get me there today.

Seems like every time I do a IWSG article, I am announcing some big change. With my life these days, there are times where it is exciting, and times where it is very scary. However, change is inevitable, and the best we can do is face it head on.

I’ll start with my Worldbuilding article. I mentioned that I just finished Gold, which by itself is amazing. Gold is very important for most stories a writer might want to write. In fact, it is the longest article I’ve written on here, with over 10,000 words. I thought Iron was long at 6,000 words. But with Gold, there is a lot to think about.

This article being published is important for a second reason. Upon the Ancient Age to the Industrial Revolution, there were only 7 metals known to exist. These were called the ‘Metals of Antiquity’. Even after more metals were discovered, these metals remained very important to mankind. With the posting of Gold, I have now written about each one.

Now, I do intend to write more articles about all the metals out there, and all other aspects of Worldbuilding. I have enough articles to keep me busy for 10 years. This has been a great series and since June 2014, every day someone has visited my site for my Worldbuilding series. It accounts for 90% of my traffic, and is the reason I am close to 40,000 views in less than 3 years.

Someone on the IWSG group asked about what they should blog about, and I said that they need to find something they are passionate about and do that. When I first started, it took over 6 months for my Worldbuilding series to catch on. Some might have seen it as a hopeless cause, but while I wanted people to do look at it and use it, I also did it for myself. I did it to teach myself and have something to reference for my own work. And that helped me keep at it.

With a heavy heart, I am taking a sabbatical from the Worldbuilding series. I need to step away for a little bit and focus on my life. I have a year to figure out some sort of financial solution to take care of myself for the rest of my life. As much as I like doing the Worldbuilding series, those articles can take anywhere from three days to two weeks to write. I put a lot of work into them.

I will return. I can’t stay away forever. I love to learn and as I write them, I am actively teaching myself about the world. It’s exciting.

On that note, I am closing down my Patreon at the end of this week. Given the visitors I have on my site, and the number of views I get, I had hoped that those who appreciate the hard work I put into my series, that someone might have wanted to help me out. My patreon was setup to try to help me as I am disabled. I would love to do more of these article, and if I could get help with my life and get treatment for my disability, I could do that. But in nearly a year of setting it up, I haven’t gotten one donation.

That makes me sad. I always felt that Patreon was like giving a tip to someone for their hard work. I know most people are struggling themselves, but not even one person, not even $1… I guess it is what it is, but lacking that option, I still need to get myself situated.

So not doing Worldbuilding articles for a few months, I will be instead focusing on my Online Teaching career. I plan on teaching a few courses online in hopes this can draw money for me. I don’t want to reveal just yet what that will be, but I can promise you that a few of them are stuff that will be of great help to writers that hasn’t been done yet.

I’m also going to focus on my editing business. My hopes is that I can get a few customers here and there, to help my situation out a bit. I also want to get back to work on my writing help books.

So, I continue to move forward. There are a few avenues to explore, options I can try, to make my life happen. It’s definitely hard to keep waking up each morning and putting one foot in front of the other. I often want to give up, but I also know what is at stake, and I don’t have a choice. I have to keep trying.

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I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.

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  • Fascinating about the metals. I had no idea. (Yeah, great research going on here for someone who writes historical fiction. LOL.)

  • Loni Townsend

    Sorry to hear your worldbuilding series didn’t produce any financial supporters. It’s tough to find patrons in today’s world. I hope your online teaching is highly successful (and lucrative).

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