I’m in the process of revising the blog from it’s beginning until now. So far I’ve only revised the first 5 posts or so, but eventually the whole blog will be rewritten. I’m going to add a note to each blog post as I revise it, letting people know that the post is a revised version rather than the original version. If I choose to delete a post altogether, I will put up a new blog warning which blog posts are queued for deletion to give people time to save or print them if they want.
And of course, all revised and deleted posts will always be available in their original forms over at The Wayback Machine, so they’ll never truly be lost anyway.
Also, I’m starting a new policy of only allowing comments on the most recent blog posts, and as existing posts get older and new posts appear, I will keep closing comments. Many old posts had neverending comments that were going nowhere and were totally circular, or had just gone off into batshit insane directions.
Furthermore, I had a recent donations and support post up as a sticky, but it was honestly kind of a bust. I didn’t raise what I needed in order to redesign the sight and update to a better server. I have a personal policy of setting up the site in such a way that it pays for all of its own expenses and upkeep, from the reading I have to do for it to the design, site maintenance, and server issues. Even though this blog is primarily a hobby and not a livelihood, I don’t want it to actually cost me money either.
So now I have to consider other options, since while the site covers the current expenses, it doesn’t generate enough to cover the upgrades I would like to do. Yohami mentioned an idea I hadn’t considered, in a comment:
BTW. You should start a fund on kickstarter (or something on the like) and take a year to write a book. I’d back that for sure.
Is this something people would be interested in? In the past I mentioned on this blog that I was planning to write a book, with the planned title Instincts of the Herd, but I never ended up doing so because I went through a major seismic shift in my worldview and beliefs, where I didn’t believe the things I used to believe, but I wasn’t quite sure what my new worldview was, or where it was headed. Now that I’ve mentally setttled down some, I feel I have a much better grasp of my current worldview and the overall framework of my current belief system, so I wouldn’t mind returning to the idea of a book. I just never considered the idea of raising the money for the book first, then taking the time to write it (and I honestly don’t think it would take me a whole year to complete either).
So my question to you guys is this: is this something you would be interested in seeing from me, and if I started a Kickstarter for the purpose of completing a book within a set time frame, would you donate to it, in return for a copy of the completed book once it’s done? If so, I’ll start researching how to go about doing that. I just wanted to put out feelers before coming myself to that.
Also, if I was to do this undertaking, it would not mean that I would stop the blog or put it on hiatus during the writing process.
The last thing, I’ve been consistently updated the Recommended Reading page, and hope to have it finished by the end of the month. Go check it out.