Patreon Launch Day!

Welcome, everyone, to Patreon Launch Day!

So…what is a Patreon, and why would I want to launch one, you ask?

Patreon is a site/service that allows artists, like myself, to pursue monthly crowdfunding subscriptions in order to support their artistic endeavors.

What the heck is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a recent phenomenon that pursues financial investment by looking for small investments from a lot of investors. Crowdfunding prefers getting $1,000 in capital from 1,000 investors with one dollar each, rather than 10 investors with $100 each.

It is a really brilliant system that allows just about anyone to help support their favorite artists. I, for example, have been contributing small amounts to two of my favorite WoW videos blogs every month. This despite how perpetually broke I am. It makes me feel really plugged into the content being produced by the artists in question.

As a subscriber, I get placed on a mailing list with exclusive access to content that is not available to the general public. Higher amounts of contributions would grant me different levels of rewards.

And now Misdirected is participating in this model, doing away with our older AdWords advertisements. I was not fond of the ads, and I would guess that no one else really was either.

There is a short video on my Patreon site explaining everything in greater detail. You can visit it here, or at any time in the future. Just click the “Become a Patron” button to the top right of this page. I will be adding semi-regular updates to that page as well.

Ready, Launch, Set!

Speaking of funding goals…when I created the Patreon page yesterday, I had every intention of the “Grand Opening” event taking place from the article I am writing right now. Patreon, however, had other ideas and sent out a notification about the new page via Twiter and Facebook yesterday.

And I’ll be darned if we didn’t meet our first funding goal within hours of launch.

My sincere thanks go out to the friends and family members who signed up to support Misdirected instantly. I look forward to continuing to create content here for a good long time, and it is nice to know that it is important enough to you that you are willing to support us with a subscription.

Finally, this concludes our website infrastructure changes for 2017! Now, back to creating content about things that really matter.

Next Stop: 5,000 Views A Month,

Jeremy

New Jogging Experience

 

My accidental introduction to C25K.

My heart pounds in my chest, with the blood thundering in my ears beneath my sweat-soaked beanie. I can feel each impact as it radiates through my body every time a foot hits the pavement. The cold wind is an icy knife passing through my nose and embedding itself deep within my chest.

Welcome, my friends, to yesterday’s run – my first experience with running since High School.

Oddly, I didn’t leave the house intending to start running yesterday. After returning home from the gym, Lor and I decided to take Vixen out for her daily walk. (I call it two-a-days. Lor rolls her eyes at me for characterizing walking the dog as exercise.) As the dog performed her daily duty, we discovered a problem – after I picked up after the dog yesterday, I had run out of the little pink bags we use for carrying around her waste until we hit a trash can. I wanted to be a good neighbor, so I turned to walk home to get a new roll of bags. Lor shouted over her shoulder that they were going to keep walking, and we parted ways.

We weren’t very far from the house, so returning home, getting new bags, and getting back to the scene of the crime only took a couple minutes. However, after cleaning up, I started looking for the duo. They were nowhere in sight. I walked forward to the next intersection and looked down the road and spotted them – about a tenth of a mile away. Normally Vixen stops to investigate every tree, post, and random piece of trash she comes by. Apparently not today. I was never going to catch them walking.

But…I have been trying to talk myself into doing the Couch to 5K program for months now, right? I’ve lost almost 100 pounds. I was wearing my knee brace. So, I threw caution to the wind and started jogging down the street, hoping to catch them before they turned the corner.

Alas, it was not to be.

Desperately trying to catch up, without any previous plan or intention, I wound up actually running about 3 tenths of a mile yesterday, just to finally catch them as they arrived back at the house. Vixen wagged her tail at me, the treacherous creature. Lor looked me up and down, and only made one comment.

“Decided to run, did you?”

Apparently, I did not look well after my herculean effort.

I have learned a couple of things, though. The important one is I am apparently capable of running, at least short distances. Today I am not suffering from any dramatic aches and pains, so I didn’t injure myself. I have managed to finally lose my final excuse for not starting the Couch to 5K program. Darn the luck.

However, I am going to have to plan my outfit better if I am going to try this again. I have discovered that all the “extra” skin still attached to me bounces and jiggles in a most alarming way when I attempt to run. I felt like I should be wearing support hose and a bra, to put it bluntly. So, if I am really going to give this a try, then I am going to have to strap myself down somehow to avoid becoming a bouncing spectacle at the gym when I launch this program.

Wish me luck as I begin the “Learning To Run” experience later today.

Here’s Hoping I Don’t Jiggle Myself Right Off The Treadmill,

Jeremy

 

Welcome to 2017, and Misdirected 2.0!

Misdirected celebrates 2017 and our new home!

Happy 2017, everyone, and welcome to the new home of Misdirected!

You Have Been Misdirected…

If you have followed Misdirected for any length of time, you may be aware that this site has been sitting in the wings, patiently waiting for my attention. I had intended for the blogger.com site to be my “personal” site, and for this site to be the home of my professional activities.

Being a writer, though, I have found it very difficult to determine the difference between personal and professional. My blog posts tend to be very personal and anecdotal – but so are my professional articles. (At least the ones under my own byline.) I made a commitment to creating blog posts 4 days a week – but splitting those posts created new issues. Posting on 2 homes meant that 2 different audiences were not getting all the posts I had committed to.

Accordingly, I have consolidated. I chose this site because the name (jeremycschofield.com) is much easier to remember. The backend here is more robust (utilizing WordPress), and I think the articles are more attractive and easier to read. This can now become my one stop shop for all my articles. Bariatric surgery and weight loss, disability issues, lifestyle changes, and professional activities, all under one roof.

No Plan Survives Contact With The Enemy

I spent the last few days of 2016 planning, backing up, and executing the transfer to ensure that all the previously created content from Misdirected 1.0 wound up here. However, because no plan survives contact with the enemy, the forces of entropy struck back. I was left with a blog full of archived articles that were formatted incorrectly. Many were missing associated images. I spent the weekend correcting all my posts from December. I will continue to repair posts all the way back to the initial posts in March as a long-term project. If you happen to be looking for an older post and find that it looks odd, chances are I have not reached back that far just yet. Please drop me a line to let me know what you have spotted.

Two other format changes worth noting. Several mobile readers informed me that my previous formatting was creating strange spacing problems on their mobile devices. I have abandoned justified paragraph formatting for left-aligned text to try and help out with that issue.

And, though I will continue to use nicknames to obscure the identities of those I may write about, I will be retiring the use of the “Hawkwind” pen name here on Misdirected. As my personal and professional work begin to bleed together, there is really no longer a need to use a gamer tag as my identity. My full name is built into the web address, after all.

Welcome to 2017, and welcome to jeremycschofield.com!

Looking Forward To Decorating My New Home,

Jeremy

PS – I was not, unfortunately, able to import my followers from Misdirected 1.0. Feel free to follow here at the new address by signing up with the shiny new form over on the right. You’ll get instant updates whenever I put up a new article!