Talk Brown Now!

This is the new podcast I am beginning.

For a long while I was an ambiguously brown person; though I have recently been permitted to learn more about my roots, and so disambiguate much.

Regardless, throughout this podcast series the conversation of race from the perspective of brownness will be a focal point of perspective while remaining a notion open to critique.

Continue reading “Talk Brown Now!”

idioke and away

The primary focus has been to finish the English-learning and coding curriculum.

I’m a super far behind on the latter, and almost done with Round One of the former.

Though I am super stoked about the idioke program, especially the pricing structure!

The aim is to not burn myself out, while still be accessible to broad clientele; so as to hopefully build-up a waitlist of new clients.

That is the goal.

Pricing Structure

I was going to solicit individual lessons, but that soon felt finicky and petty.

Complete programs are the ticket! (Thanks BBF!!)

And at $300,000 COP per month for 10 hours of lessons ~ I am able to scale this up for digital group lessons. And will be able to pay USians to teach 🙂

Step by step, day by day …

I talk a bit more about the aspirations over at my Patreon.

Though everyone is able to check out the curriculum!

idioke and Away

All of the classes and curriculum are being solicited beneath the idioke umbrella, an application for learning language through music.

While I’ve recently finished updating the website to house various languages; I’ve updated the Google Application as well, though have yet to push the update 😉

Another next step will be to attempt adding Google Ads to the domain as well.

And to continue adding more songs to the library!

Pasitos siempre ~

Digital Toolbox

I will continue to add to this post ~ this is just a place from which to start.

Any crafts-person relies not just on their knowledge, but their tools.

In this post I layout my complete tool-set for my entire digital existence!

Open-source: I love using free and open-source software because number one, I don’t have the money for all the proprietary stuff!

But also, the ability to dig into the software to make adjustments under-the-hood is incredibly appealing; because sometimes, you want something to work a particular way, and eureka, after a quick internet search I can find someone else with similar aspirations, see how they did it, and follow suit.

As well, by using my chosen operating system, I can easily keep up with the latest software updates, and newest features. Continue reading “Digital Toolbox”

Along with Patreon, now Gumroad

[Update: I have since read more about other platforms, and will link to a post when it is written.]

Gumroad is an online platform that enables creators to sell products directly to consumers.

I made the switch to Gumroad, from Patreon, because the services it provides are much more aligned with what I am trying to accomplish.

The music, poetry and updates I want to share, I wish them to accessible to anyone that wants them!

Gumroad allows for this through their primary sign-up!

For those wishing and able, to provide financial support, that is entirely possible too!

Why the switch?

Patreon had some issues a year or so ago when they tried to change their fee structure.

This was the consequence of investor frustrations ~ it is happening again.

Patreon seems have payout delays rather frequently.

I know, I had like 6 patrons ~ they were awesome, but its not like I was missing out rent checks …

Though one day I do hope to serve a larger audience than half-a-dozen amazing friends.

FREEdom

Patreon automatically assumes that a paywall needs to exist for people to stay updated with your profile.

Gumroad allows people to just subscribe with their email address to get all of the goods.

This is more aligned with the level of accessibility I would like to maintain!

Scheduling

I have the first 16 weeks scheduled out for every new follower!

Which is amazing ~

This provide 16 weeks of content for every amazing individual who decides to follow my updates!

I have 16 weeks to get my act together to be posting regular up-dates; and considering what is being started, I think it is entirely possible to creating music monthly, along with poetry and conversations, to build a regular show.

Moreover, I can continue to do this!! With other various content …

(I just found a new tool: Pressbooks.)

With Patreon, I am not able to do this; in effect, content on Patreon is one-time use.

With Gumroad, every piece of content is new for every user!

Custom domain

When building a brand, it is a boon to have all of the primary assets closely networked.

Gumroad does this by allowing me to use my own url for my own store ~

store.cultureclap.com

The interface remains sleek with an easy payment system; my only qualm is that the story URL is not secured with HTTPS.

The payment pages are protected, and so this becomes more of an aesthetic ding in the presentation, than anything else.

Future Products

Gumroad brings together the benefits of MailChimp, with a point-of-sales interface.

The next product I plan to release will be documentation for the six-week coding class I am building for ScreamFreely.

Here again, scheduling Workflows with Gumroad, I will be able to schedule the entire course for every participant.

Instead of focusing my time on creating individual curriculum, I can focus on what else students will need to succeed and improving the curriculum I have!

There are other course ideas brewing.

Gumroad has been a bit of a revelation.

And so, away we go!