I thought about writing another post about how hard life is, but then I remembered that I want to push forward, so I decided I didn’t want to focus on trauma today. That’s a huge decision for me, because it’s not one I make easily, it’s certainly not one that I make a lot, since so many of my days are filled with repeated triggers and traumas.
So to that end, today I decided to make a list of things that I want to accomplish for 2021 and 2022.
One of the reasons that I am raising money for LMBG is so that I can upgrade the website. That’s going to cost me about $600 dollars a year, which is twice as much as I pay now, but it’s going to be worth it, because I want to create a community around the various topics that I discuss here. I want readers to feel like they have a place outside of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media places to really find a home. I want the audience to become part of the community and I truly believe that a forum will help that happen.
Not only that a forum will give me more time to communicate with readers who really want to spend more time on the website, and find out what y’all are thinking about from you instead of from a few random comments on the site.
- Pay Writers
I would like to allocate about $500 dollars a year towards paying for writers to write about their experience and knowledge. One of the things that irks me so much is that people who write blogs often don’t get paid for their work. A lot of people do Blog Swaps and that’s great if you’re swapping your blog with someone who has either a lot more or a lot less views then yours, but in all cases blog swaps are really only beneficial for one of the two people swapping. I really want to have other writer’s on the site, but I want to pay them.
- Videos and Video Interviews, as well as Live Streams
I really want to do videos and live streams, but in order for that to happen I need better equipment. I’m factoring about $600 for camera equipment that will allow me to record great live stream videos with people. Including a proper microphone ($100), so that I can be heard in a way that doesn’t drive the listeners nuts.
- T-shirt and clothing line
I really loved designing my t-shirts and I’d like to go back to it, but before I can do that, I need to figure out how to work with a local company to design a few shirts that I can put up, that y’all can buy, and I can’t quite figure out if I need a larger audience so I have a larger reach, or if I need to hold off until I have more money to do it the way that I want…which essentially means I am holding off on this until I have the money to do it the way that I want to do it.
I am trying to raise about $2000 but I know in my heart that I am probably never going to reach that goal. I will say that every little bit helps, and that if I do not make that goal I’ll still accomplish all these other ones, it is just going to take more time than I would like.
Having these goals helps pull me away from thinking about the trauma all the time, but it’s still there, in the back of my mind.
I am working hard to get better, and with the accomplishment of these goals I think that I am tracking the healing process pretty decently. Currently I am right about where I thought I might be when I started this website, so I’m not doing too badly right now.
Is there anything else you’d like to see included in this website? Please let me know by leaving a comment below, so that I can add it to the list.
Sending all my love,
Devon J Hall