You Had One Job….

So, from the “distracted by real life and NaNoWriMo” file:

I forgot to press the Publish button.

No, really. It’s not like this is the first time this has happened, either.

So, for all those that were hovering around your Inbox on Monday, waiting for an update notice that never came, my sincere apologies.

This turned out to be a serendipitous mistake.  Yesterday  I was invited to write a guest blog post on the very subject I thought I had published on Monday. So, there is that. A repurposed blog post is still a valid one, right? (I will blast the link  out to social media as soon as the guest post is published.)

Also, in the “distractions” file: I found out that the seller we went through to sell Inheritance online was a clunker. Several hundred copies of the book were abandoned in shopping carts when potential buyers couldn’t complete their transactions.  I attempted to fix the damage, but then Providence intervened: my novel finally got published to ebook format on Amazon. And immediately started selling copies – top 500 in pretty much any subject involving the word “Vampire”.  Feel free to head to Amazon and pick up a copy for the handheld device of your choice. Heck, buy two copies. It’s only $5, after all.

And, we’ve had some changes in our household. We’ll bring you up to date on that for our pre-Thanksgiving episode on Monday. When I will NOT forget to press the “Publish” button. Honest. I’ll have Lor stand behind me with a baseball bat and everything.

Darn time change. And NaNoWriMo. Or maybe Real Life. And…

Excuses and Excuses,

Jeremy

 

Processing

I would really like to be able to put together a coherent post today. I honestly would.

However, some news came in yesterday that has left me pretty scattered and unfocused. And I would normally talk to you about what was going on. But, while this news impacts me personally, it is not exactly my news. Not my story to tell and all that.

So, rather than make you suffer through 500+ words of oblique language and non-specific references, I think I will just give Misdirected the day off instead.

We’ll catch you all again on Thursday, when my head is screwed back on straight. Thanks for understanding. Go spend some time doing something nice for yourself as a reward.

Jeremy

(Non-Fiction Friday) The Patreon Update

The Misdirected Patreon campaign is proceeding awesomely (is that a word?), with over $70/month in support thus far. Thanks to everyone who has decided to help out by becoming Patrons of Misdirected.

Though I have put out a new Patreon video here, the short version is this: Every dollar Misdirected earns through patrons is a dollar that gets invested back into supporting the Misdirected community. Funds are used to pay fees, buy equipment, and free up blocks of time that would otherwise be used for things that are not related to Misdirected. Misdirected will go exactly as far as our Patrons carry it.

Also, about the whole fiction writing thing: while I am using this site to talk about my fiction writing, my fiction and Misdirected are not related. They are more like roommates, sharing space in my brain. I will do my best to try and make this division a little clearer in the months going forward.

Thanks again for all your support of Misdirected! I look forward to developing a closer relationship with you all as we expand Misdirected’s reach! As always, drop me a line with any comments, questions or suggestions you might have.

Happy Friday,

Jeremy

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

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!