Publisher’s Letter: A Look Back (and Forward) in Time

Well, that’s the first month of The Relationship Blogger as a multi-voice publication over, and I must say what an eye-opening experience it has been. We’ve seen some incredible authors flock to us and smash it with their awesome writing. I’m very impressed. I’m also really inspired by the amount of people that have come to The Relationship Blogger in these beginning days. I initially thought gaining writership for the publication would be very hard and drawn out, but already we’ve seen guests come and go and already have five columnists claiming regular spots in our schedule. It’s been incredible!

I’m very proud of everyone that has put the time and effort into this months edition. We couldn’t exist without you. I’m also hopeful that we can branch out into other areas of the blogging community to have our voices heard. We are a multi-voiced community and I’m only hoping to grow that. I’m already learning lots from what has been written so far, I’m looking for others to do that too.

What You Can Expect

Next month we’ll see a few exciting features rolled out. April Brancamp has been lovely enough to create exclusive aromatherapy blends for The Relationship Blogger; quite an exciting opportunity for all of us might I add, because TRB’s proceeds from oil sales this will be going straight back into the growth and development of this platform. I also plan to trial a few other merchandising avenues with t-shirts and mugs. Tell me what you’d like to see!

In addition, we’ll see the introduction of information and design downloads next month. Whilst I’m still deciding what to create and how, I will be placing an option to download a product at the end of certain posts, for example, if an author were to write a post titled, “5 Life Hacks to Feel Better” then there will be an option to download a “Be Well Reminder Calendar” for the low price of $2.00 to support this magazine. This is merely an example of what I plan to have fully functional by the end of May.

I would also like to roll out the delivery of targeted training courses over the next few months. But before I make any moves on this I would like to hear back from everyone that writes here. So that they can decide whether or not they have any ideas for themselves. The aim of this magazine is to make money to create a sustainable platform for authors to have their voices heard and be compensated for their art. This is why I am working to create a highly inclusive monetisation platform.

What I’m Working On

It’s been said to me before that my blog screams of white, heterosexual, married male and I want to remedy this. Explore new areas, reach out to other people and understand life from a different perspective. I’m BIG on inclusion and diversity and really want this magazine to promote similar values. To that end, I’d like to visit different online communities and listen to different set of voices. Is yours one I should visit? Please link below. Want to help me expand the conversation here? Submit your work!

It’s been a great month and I’d like to thank everyone personally who has been involved in getting us off the ground. Having other people help me with my message has improved my mental health exponentially. I no longer feel isolated and solely accountable for what I do, fighting an uphill battle. I feel in a community of people, and that I have others to share in my fight. It’s been good.

Thank you all!

Looking forward to the future,

Raymond

I'm a man that's been through the pitfalls and elations of relationships in my ever growing quest to better my knowledge in the human condition. I've been in the game and around the Internet since 1996 and surprisingly I'm still using it today. I've definitely found myself in some weird and wonderful places and I hope to share all of this with you lucky people.

2 Comments
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    Charli Mills May 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Raymond, as part of your community, I want to thank you for creating an authentic space that sets the foundation for diversity. I think it’s fine who you are because you are inclusive. It’s exciting to be a part of something meaningful, and to co-create with you. You have great plans for growth and I’m grateful to be here. It also give me connectivity, too. Isolation is probably the single most threat to anyone’s mental health. Connectivity overcomes isolation. That’s the kind of community that benefits is all. Thank you!

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      Raymond May 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Ah, I’m really pleased to hear that Charli. What a lovely thing to say. You’ll be pleased to know that in my last job I created small communities in hard to reach places and tapped out when they were bustling. I’m good at it 🙂 – but this one I’ll be keeping forever, and growing!

      Isolation is one of the worst Mental Health barriers and I want to become a bridge for people!

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