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Politics. Sex. Science. Art. I'm not ambitious at all.

Right. Any person undertaking to write informed work about all those topics is ambitious. In these days of social media, they're also doing something unthinkable. They're refusing to contain themselves to a brand.

When I started writing online, every piece of advice I received told me to specialize. Pick my topic. Stick with it. Regular content even if it was mostly links. Make sure people know what they're getting when they come to me. Looking around at my peers, I have to admit that the advice looks useful. Specializing is a great branding strategy.

It's not a great writing strategy. At least, it doesn't work for me. I'm not a specialist by training or by temperament. I'm a generalist. I want to write about all the topics that interest me, and I want to explore the places all these topics intersect. I want my politics to be informed by science. I want to write about art through a lens of politics. I want to commit art when I write about sex.

That can make me a hard sell to people looking for predictability. If you're here, though, I don't think you're looking for predictability. You're here because something I wrote made you say, "Hmm. I hadn't thought of it from quite that angle." That's what you want more of, whatever the topic happens to be.

I can do more of that with your support. I can spend more time chasing down alleys that might be blind or might end in a small ray of sunshine. I can afford to take the time to apply different lenses to a problem until I find one that brings it into sharper focus. I can consume and study broadly and bring you back the small gems I find among it all.

Is that a brand? I don't care. It's who I am and what I do. Thank you for helping me do it.

If you want to sample my approach, here are a few topics I've covered:

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In addition to the above, get a picture of our ridiculously photogenic husky with every essay.
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In addition to the above, read my unpublished young-adult science fiction novel serialized weekly by chapter. This may be your only chance. Did I mention my unreasonable aversion to querying?
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Along with everything else, join a group video hangout once a month to discuss one of the recent essays. May be saved to YouTube if everyone agrees to make it public.
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Take that whole bundle, then give me writing assignments. Want my take on your topic, a particular post or video, a prime piece of whargarbl? You can give me one a month, and the results will go on my blog.
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Politics. Sex. Science. Art. I'm not ambitious at all.

Right. Any person undertaking to write informed work about all those topics is ambitious. In these days of social media, they're also doing something unthinkable. They're refusing to contain themselves to a brand.

When I started writing online, every piece of advice I received told me to specialize. Pick my topic. Stick with it. Regular content even if it was mostly links. Make sure people know what they're getting when they come to me. Looking around at my peers, I have to admit that the advice looks useful. Specializing is a great branding strategy.

It's not a great writing strategy. At least, it doesn't work for me. I'm not a specialist by training or by temperament. I'm a generalist. I want to write about all the topics that interest me, and I want to explore the places all these topics intersect. I want my politics to be informed by science. I want to write about art through a lens of politics. I want to commit art when I write about sex.

That can make me a hard sell to people looking for predictability. If you're here, though, I don't think you're looking for predictability. You're here because something I wrote made you say, "Hmm. I hadn't thought of it from quite that angle." That's what you want more of, whatever the topic happens to be.

I can do more of that with your support. I can spend more time chasing down alleys that might be blind or might end in a small ray of sunshine. I can afford to take the time to apply different lenses to a problem until I find one that brings it into sharper focus. I can consume and study broadly and bring you back the small gems I find among it all.

Is that a brand? I don't care. It's who I am and what I do. Thank you for helping me do it.

If you want to sample my approach, here are a few topics I've covered:

Recent posts by Stephanie Zvan

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per essay
15 patrons
Preview the essays before they go up on my blog. Offer feedback with the chance of making the essay better. Since I may still try to find homes for some of these at paying outlets, this may mean getting to read these well before anyone else.
Pledge $3 or more per essay
2 patrons
In addition to the above, get a picture of our ridiculously photogenic husky with every essay.
Pledge $5 or more per essay
2 patrons
In addition to the above, read my unpublished young-adult science fiction novel serialized weekly by chapter. This may be your only chance. Did I mention my unreasonable aversion to querying?
Pledge $10 or more per essay
1 of 20 patrons
Along with everything else, join a group video hangout once a month to discuss one of the recent essays. May be saved to YouTube if everyone agrees to make it public.
Pledge $20 or more per essay
0 of 10 patrons
Take that whole bundle, then give me writing assignments. Want my take on your topic, a particular post or video, a prime piece of whargarbl? You can give me one a month, and the results will go on my blog.