Now you can subscribe to my blog on Kindle!
(The audience goes wild, slings roses in all directions, and moshes enthusiastically with the orchestra while the world rejoices!)
Yes, folks, ScriptoriumBlogorium is now available on Amazon as a subscription for a whopping 99 cents per month!
I didn’t set the price; Amazon did. They rate me at a discount, apparently. But that’s good for you because that makes it less expensive for you to get my content.
You may be asking what the advantage is to subscribing to Scriptorium Blogorium through Amazon when you can just jump on the web and read it for free here.
Well, Amazon will wirelessly deliver my blog instantly to your Kindle whenever I post something new. It makes it incrementally easier and faster for you to get to my blog. A few seconds saved consistently over a long period of time adds up. (5 seconds saved 15 times a month, each month for 20 years = 18,000 seconds saved. That's the equivalent of five hours saved over 20 years.) That's if you want the extreme utilitarian reasoning.
Or you can look at it from another angle and consider it a way to say, “Thank you for writing something that helps me.”
“But isn’t that priestcraft?” you ask. “Aren’t you trying to gain followers and live off your blog?”
Don’t worry, even if all you lovely people who follow my blog were to subscribe, that would still only work out to be something like $120/month. That is nowhere near a living wage. It isn’t going to make me rich and famous. 120 followers gathered over eight years of blogging is, let’s face it, not what popularity looks like. (Now, if you want to see popularity in Mormonville, go check out Middle-aged Mormon Man. He gets, like, 30 comments on nearly every post.)(But he's not priestcrafty either; and I'm not accusing him of that.)
And may I point out that I also write fiction? That’s where I hope to eventually make some moolah. (No, I don’t have anything out yet, but I will.. eventually.)
Also, even if lots of people subscribe, the money will not go to living expenses. I have a better use for it. More on that later.)
But let’s go back to the 99 cents a month idea for a second. If you look over at my right sidebar, you’ll notice that I keep my archives pretty visible. You can see how long I’ve been blogging—since 2008. You can also get an idea of what kind of frequency I post at—somewhere between 13-15 times a month. 99 cents spread out over 13 posts works out to be a little more than 7.5 cents per post. (And some of that is going to go to Amazon anyway as a delivery fee..)
7.5 cents a post. A song on iTunes is more expensive than that.
“And just what are you going to do with this money if we decide to subscribe?” I can hear you ask.
First, I’d pay tithing. (Of course! You knew it all along, right?) And I will have to pay taxes. But the remainder would go into a fund I’d use to invest in producing larger Scriptorium Blogorium-type writing projects.
“And what are these writing projects?” you ask.
Well, this blog has a whole bunch of content, and some of it could be compiled and massaged into book form. I’m going to let you in on a neat project I’m currently working on.
I’m already in the final stages of preparing book about warfare in the Book of Mormon. I’ve taken blog posts I’ve written here and reworked things quite a bit. It is all about different war strategies used in the Book of Mormon and how they reveal how Satan tries to ensnare us and also how we can resist. I’m really excited about it. I think it has the potential to change the way we think about the war chapters in the Book of Mormon. Here's a picture of the cover.
|Pretty, huh? Kirsten Lundahl designed it for me!|
Producing books costs money—buying ISBNs, cover design, editing services--and currently I’m paying for it with money earned from teaching piano lessons. I’d like to produce more books. Funds I get from Kindle blog subscriptions will go towards that. (Hence, no matter how many subscriptions I might get, they will not make me rich because they will be poured back into projects.) Here is a list of projects that I have in mind for the future:
--A book about the Book of Revelation. Take apart all that symbolism and look at it really closely.
--A book about organizing and de-cluttering with practical principles and strategies as found in the scriptures.
--A book about how others did missionary work in the scriptures and deriving principles from those stories that can help us today.
--A book about the parables of Christ that digs deeper.
--A book about unusual types of Christ in the scriptures and what we can learn from them that can strengthen our faith in Christ.
--A book about being courageous when under pressure from the world.
(Note: As I complete the above, I will keep this list updated with new projects I think up.)
These are niche books, with a niche audience that is often smaller than the big publishers can produce for. If I’m going to put these books out, I have to go the Indie-publishing route.
So, if you are interested in seeing these books sooner rather than later, you can do several things right now:
1) Subscribe to Scriptorium Blogorium’s Kindle blog on Amazon. (Note that you can try it for free for 14 days.)
2) Even if you choose not to subscribe, you could still write a review for it on the Amazon page so that others will know about it. (Think of it as a letter of recommendation.)
3) Comment below to let me know which of the above books in the list sound most interesting and relevant to you. If you want to list them in the order in which you would like me to produce them, that would be helpful too.