Explanations: changes in blogging, Premium Content and personal updates

I feel like I need to type a personal update but I don’t want to. 😎

Okay fine, I will. You twisted my arm. Lucky for you I’m in a ‘publish some drivel on the blog’ mood so hold on to your hat! 🀠

Hopefully, what exits my brain through my fingertips is not all drivel, but actually addresses some of the changes I have undergone in recent weeks and months for you. Not that I feel obligated to share every detail of my life, but so many of you have been such loyal and engaging followers, I feel a deep connection to my blogging tribe. πŸ₯°

So without further ado, here goes:

Personal snippet

My life is very full. πŸ’ƒ

In a good way! πŸŽ‰

I have, of course, ups and downs and for the past few days shook an angry fist at the sky for all the crappy weather it sent us… I had to walk Tucker in the rain in my winter coat the last time I saw him for god’s sake!

Not impressed. It’s not even November yet.

Today however is another perfect fall day and the sun is shining so things are looking up. β˜€οΈ

There is one thing in my life that will take a little getting used to. The kids’ activities at their respective rinks have moved into later time slots now that they’re both older. One practice for instance is at 9:30 at night for my 14yo, on a school night no less. For her, it means a short night of sleep, particularly because after she skates hard for an hour until 10:30 pm, she’ll need some time to decompress after returning home. Not sure if she’ll even fall asleep before midnight…

For me, the notorious early riser, it means adulting for one night a week. Adulting means stay up late, drive in the dark, and go to bed much later. 😴

It also means one morning a week I may not be up as early as I usually am (4-5 am is my typical wake-up time)…

We will adjust. We are back into a semi-normal rink activity routine which has been long overdue, and these things don’t last forever. The kids are getting older and becoming more sufficient, and one day it will all come to a complete halt. So for now, I will enjoy these last few years of skating children and enjoy it for as long as it lasts. πŸ’

Premium Content and subscriptions

You may have noticed I have a subscription service up on this blog.

Personal multi-part essays

I wrote a two-part essay called Broken connections, and released part 1 free to my readers. I placed part 2 under Premium Content behind a paywall for $2, which made it available to paying subscribers.

To those of you who have subscribed, thank you a thousand times! Every little bit helps me in a grand and significant way. πŸ₯°

I have more content I will release in this format, both essays and fiction. I appreciate your support more than I can say, and feel encouraged to continue on this path.

Fiction and erotic stories

I took Erotic Alliance (flash fiction) down because it had a glitch. I will re-submit it and reduce the price, if you’re interested reading slightly erotic stories I’ve revitalized from earlier attempts. This is not erotica but slightly sexual in nature and, for some of you, somewhat familiar. I wrote the original piece for another blog but made it into a better story.

Personal essays: reflections and confessions

I will also continue my reflections and confessions personal essays under Premium Content and keep it locked and only available for subscribers. You can find the first one here.

I have reasons for doing it this way. I have seen other blogs where people write very openly about very personal topics but simply made their entire blogs private. You could still read them for free, but needed to be admitted (approved) by the author. I don’t want to hide my blog, but I do want to keep some content more private… I don’t now if this makes any sense, but for now, this is the option I chose for content relating to the more personal/awkward parts of my midlife journey.

I write more authentically and vulnerably when I address a more intimate group of readers instead of the entire internet abyss.

I have to write, I can’t help myself. The written word is my catharsis… But some of my content is, um, a little uncomfortable I guess, for me to write about, so publishing it behind a paywall felt like the right thing to do.

Income streams

Thank you again for accepting this slight detour on what is mostly a free content blog. Like all of us, I depend on an income stream for economical reasons, and every little bit helps. I can’t wait to action the If Not Now, When? publication on Medium – I began writing the submission guidelines and have slated the first week of November to action this project and make it live.

Stay tuned. πŸ™‚ Or go read some of the content over there…

By the way to become a member on Medium does not require payment. You can create a free account which allows you to write content for free on that platform. That’s how I started… In order to participate on my publication however, you will need to have an account over there.

Here’s my regular profile which features all content, not just the stuff I submit to my own, or other publications.

To meter your content (receive pay) you are encouraged to sign up to the Partner Program (I did, I pay $5 per month for a trial year, at which point I will decide if it’s worth it or not). If you are interested, please use my link so I can receive referral incentive. Thank you in advance for considering.

https://claudettelabriola.medium.com/membership

Conclusion

Rest assured, I will continue to release free drivel on this blog, but also my usual words. I’m sure there will be Tucker updates, teenage dilemmas, family stuff, rants and observations, but also stories, helpful tips about writing or platforms or whatever else I tend to go on about. I’ll share more of my jewelry as well, and my book(s) releases (ugh)… And I’ll keep Tarot Tuesday going, hopefully with a youtube supplement in the not too distant future. (I should do one now, I have GREAT hair today)…Wanna see?

Point is, don’t worry. Not that much has changed on this blog. In fact, you just have more options to choose from. ❀

I thank you for reading this rather long post, and see you in the comments!

14 thoughts on “Explanations: changes in blogging, Premium Content and personal updates

  1. I hear you over blogging and being more open under locked content and I myself find this a bit limiting over WordPress as compared to LiveJournal, where I have blogged for 20 years and cross post my entries to. Whilst I haven’t needed to yet, I think I’ll probably still share the occasional post there only as it offers restricted access post settings as otherwise I think I’d write less openly in the long run than I did before.

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    1. I understand. Some bloggers who write about their online dating fiascos and get quite graphic were sometimes found out and then all hell broke loose. So they continued to write under a private blog.

      I don’t want to go into such a direction, but I can appreciate how being open and vulnerable is not always appropriate in an open community.

      Anyway, I’m experimenting. We’ll see what happens. Thank you for sharing your perspective. πŸ™‚

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    1. ?

      I had a free blog for decades. A few years ago I bought the Basic plan then upgraded to Premium, mainly so I could promote The Man from the South. It’s all very recent in terms of the the longevity I’ve been doing this for. πŸ™ƒ

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  2. I think it’s great that you’re experimenting so much with the various platforms. I chose to keep my journal posts completely free, and continue to filter that which I write about (which is insanely frustrating sometimes).

    You’re right about Medium – I’ve been in the partner programme for nearly a year now, and while I’m making it pay (and then some), it requires a very different style of writing. You kind of have to put your “magazine author” head on – breaking stories up, making them relateable, and easy to get sucked into.

    Anyway. Love what you’re doing πŸ™‚

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  3. Okay, I paid my $50 for the year. I did notice that it let me hit the πŸ‘ even on articles I couldn’t read cuz I’d used up my freebies, so I clapped all your articles. Is it cheating? No, I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed them if I could’ve read them.

    An aside to tarot… the Temperance card likes me. I’m wondering if it’s an affirmation or if my Zen is slipping… hmmmm πŸ€”

    Great hair! I still say color the blondπŸ˜‰
    πŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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    1. You did? You joined?

      I find the medium content difficult to get used to in terms of the style of writing. Very different from what I’m used to. I’m there more to write but I do read. I’ll send you a really cool lady, she’s older, an academic professor, and writes really interesting, naughty stuff. πŸ˜‚

      Right up my alley. Let me know if you like her.

      I’ve never pulled Temperance… Hm. Maybe I need to feature this card next time.

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