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Summary for the week ending May 21, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 21st, 2017.

The Hermetic Library 2017 Funding Campaign is still going, and it runs through to the end of the month. This hasn’t been as popular this year as it was last time, but there’s some great perks available only during this campaign, including featured blog and website link and graphic spaces at significant discounts and that stay up for a full year. Plus other fun stuff to be had, which hasn’t been picked up, like the one day mini conference, which would be crazy fun to pull together. Check that out and see if there’s anything that strikes your fancy, and join the campaign, which helps keep all the fun at the library going through the year for another year.

I’m starting to get ready for the next Hermetic Library anthology, Magick Music and Ritual 13. I’ll be posting the call for submissions for both the Hermetic Library and Odd Order anthologies next month, so I’ve got to get post and pages and everything ready for that.

The other day I noticed there were a bunch of people that had created accounts on the Hrmtc Underground voice chat server while I wasn’t paying attention. Seeing there are actually people there makes me want to do something soon. I’m still stuck on satellite for Internet, so it’s not been possible to do “open office hours” while I work on the site yet. The idea was that I’d sit in voice chat while working on the site, which is most days, from early morning until afternoon. Other ideas were to have call in talk shows or presentations, which I think would be fun, and I could record so there’d be an archive of them. Lots of ideas of what could happen, and knowing there are people interested has had me thinking more about how to make that a thing.

I’d love to do another Zine or Reader’s Theatre is people want to send in things for that. Once I’ve got enough material for either, I’ll put it together. Although I previously had put Reader’s Theatre up on the library Soundcloud, and since I’ve left that service after they killed groups, I have to figure out how best to present the next one; perhaps as a podcast within this blog.

Although the Funding Campaign hasn’t been going well this year, so it’ll be more difficult to do than I’d hoped, I’ve been thinking about posting a “job description” for assistant librarians. Basically, I’m thinking these would be volunteer positions, but with a paid honorarium, not a job-job but not nothing, right? The idea is to finally start to Find The Others who would be willing and able to help out with content, communication, curation and creation at the library on the site, blog, BBS, and voice chat. If you think you’d be interested, let me know. One of the first things you could do to get ready for that opportunity is head over to the BBS and become active enough there so you gain automatic access to the “trust level 3” lounge. Or, something else! Get in touch and let me know what you’re interested in doing to help out.

And, don’t forget! You can submit your idea pitches for articles, reviews, stories, or soever for the library blog and actually, thanks to all the Funding and Patron supporters, get paid for those when they are posted!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and become a Patron!.

Summary for the week ending May 14, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 14th, 2017.

The Hermetic Library 2017 Funding Campaign is still going, and it runs through to the end of the month. There’s some great perks available, including featured blog and website link and graphic spaces, at significant discounts available only during the campaign. Plus other fun stuff to be had, which helps keep all the fun at the library going through the year for another year.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and become a Patron!.

Summary for the week ending May 7, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending May 7th, 2017.

It’s been a bit quiet this week, but I’ve been working on the site, as one does; improving old pages, adding new pages … On a lark, I decided to do a count, and there’s currently around 5000 pages on the site. That’s pretty huge! So, yep, lots of work still to do, but I’m on it.

Although off to a very slow start, I announced the Hermetic Library 2017 Funding Campaign at the beginning of the week, and it runs through to the end of the month. There’s some great perks available, including featured blog and website link and graphic spaces, at significant discounts available only during the campaign. Plus other fun stuff to be had, which helps keep all the fun at the library going through the year for another year.

I had a snafu at the post office with a bunch of the Postal Exchange boxes I was trying to send. I’d packed them for international shipping in particular boxes that resulted in the cost to send them being doubled from what it would have been if I’d packed differently. I literally didn’t have enough money to send them, even if I’d wanted to pay double. So … I was only able to sending one box domestically, and the rest came home to be re-packed and shipped the next time I can get to the post office.

I also go a passive-aggressive photocopied form letter about how I must pick up my mail promptly from my post office box and, according to the form letter, I’m consistently a problem. So, they are announcing that they suck, and wanted to tell me about that. Thought I’d share that news with you.

This month was also Beltane. I’m not sure why I posted that on May 1st instead of on astronomical Beltane on May 5th, as I’ve done in the past. But, I did that this year instead. I think I was just excited about all the stuff going on at the beginning of the month? Well, either way, whether on the 1st or the 5th, Beltane happened this week, and so did a bunch more stuff!

Oh, and I sent out another email newsletter last week. So, that’s two so far. Still not sure what I’m doing with it, but I’m apparently doing it anyway.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and become a Patron!.

Summary for the week ending Apr 30, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 30th, 2017.

Happy Beltane, Solidarity to you on May Day, and hope you made it home safely from last night’s Walpurgisnacht fête (is that what they’re calling it these days?)!

I just closed the 2017 survey, so I’ve got a lot of great responses to consider now. Last year I didn’t do any kind of report out about the results, but I’ve been considering that this time around. I’ll do more sorting through the responses and see what kind of reporting might make sense and how best to do that.

I’ve also just opened the Hermetic Library 2017 Funding Campaign. Will someone pick up the one-day mini conference perk?! That’d be fun for everyone, wouldn’t it? Fun to pull together, and fun to participate in, and fun to attend. At least, I think so!

I wasn’t able to get to the post office last week, but I should be able to get the next set of Postal Exchange boxes out tomorrow. After that, there’s one more set to get done.

I’ve done a bit more work on the BBS, and have decided to move the Visual, Audio and Video pools into Gatherum. Instead of sub-categories, the pools are now tagged post within Gatherum. I also moved all the Arts & Letters posts into Discussion. I think and feel that these changes will help make the Categories a little more clear. There’s more about that in a couple posts this week to Meta.

I’ve also posted the first topic Intolerance and Tolerance in Symposium this week. I don’t know why I hadn’t yet done that. Frankly, I kind of thought I had! Well, that’s something to check out and participate in that I’ve not talked about in a while.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Hermetic Library 2017 Funding Campaign

Help the Hermetic Library make Magick for another year!


Go to https://igg.me/at/hermeticlibrary

Help fund content, creation and curation at Hermetic Library!

Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism & Aleister Crowley’s Thelema for 20 years.

Will you help us be of service for another year?

Hermetic Library needs your help to keep going. For 20 years Hermetic Library has been the one of the most comprehensive and popular resources on the Internet for the kind of information in its collection. The Hermetic Library is justifiably famous, and perhaps a little infamous, as the source for an amazing collection of information useful to every researcher and student of the ancient and living Western Esoteric Tradition. Many students over the last two decades found their start with their studies by perusing the materials of the Hermetic Library and consequently started building their own actual libraries by downloading numerous pages of content made available to them in electronic and searchable form by the library.

Since 2009, John Bell, the Librarian, has been working to expand what was just a website into a multi-platform online presence, with active social media accounts in all the right places. He’s been working on constant updates and improvements to the site. He’s introduced many new services provided by the library. It’s still essentially a one-person show, with everything—all the work on the site and constant curation effort on social media and on the site and all—being done by John. Keeping the library going is more than a full-time job! The time and energy needed to keep up the pace and continue growing just isn’t possible without your help to make it sustainable.

This is the second funding drive for the library, and with your help we can beat last year’s $1,694 campaign total! If we beat last year’s total and reach our base budget of $9996 we can keep going for another full year. However, if there is enough additional support that surpasses the necessary goal, we can actually take large steps toward doing even more. With additional budget beyond the campaign goal, we can provide

  • more content from additional materials in existing and expanded sections;
  • more communication through developing a newsletter, podcast, or even finally launching our journal;
  • more curation of all the new and interesting things to be discovered through the website, blog, tumblogs and social media;
  • more creation through actively developing new ideas, new resources, and even commissioning new work from authors and artists to develop new ideas and resources.

What We Need & What You Get

$9996 dollars will allow us to pay our bills and expenses for the entire next year. That means providing money to offer a stipend or honorarium to volunteers for their effort, expenses related to keeping our websites up and running, and the tools needed to keep our social media presence going.

This budget is what is necessary for Hermetic Library to continue to be of excellent and essential service to the community. We need your help now in order to continue. It’s time to decide not only if we can keep going but if we can keep growing!

It is not a coincidence that this campaign is being announced on May 1st. Not only is this timing to coincide with celebration and solidarity for May Day—this campaign is a loud mayday call through the aethyrs to you. Will you help?

The Impact

The Hermetic Library is a shining example of excellence for providing and supporting a living esoteric tradition online. Millions of people a year visit the site. A hundred thousand people follow the Hermetic Library on various social media platforms. Every year more and more people can count on the Hermetic Library as their best and primary esoteric resource online.

We need your help not only in making the current level of activity sustainable, but also in taking the next step in our ongoing growth. This 2017 fundraising campaign will be what decides whether to keep going and growing or not. We need your help to make that decision, and your support is needed to continue putting in all the incredible amounts of time, effort, and love into this endeavour.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you aren’t able to help out by contributing, there are still plenty of ways you can participate and support this effort!

  • Let your esoterically-minded colleagues and friends, who may be interested in such matters, know about this campaign.
  • Please share this campaign on your social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and with any forums where you are active. Use the sharing tools here on Indiegogo, or post your own personal messages.
  • Let other people know how important Hermetic Library is to you!

Share this link: https://igg.me/at/hermeticlibrary

 

Summary for the week ending Apr 23, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 23th, 2017.

Lots of ongoing work on the site, preparing Postal Exchange boxes for Patrons (the next batch should be heading out tomorrow), responding to 2017 Hermetic Library Surveys (which will close for new answers at the end of the month), and more this week.

This week was also a big milestone. Seshat and the Clitoris by Nandani Felicia Bharrat, the very first guest post was posted to the blog. And, it was a super popular post on the blog already, so if you’ve not checked that out, go take a gander.

Also, I added a comment to the post via the BBS and so you can see an example of how the BBS integrates with the blog for commenting. So, head on over to the BBS and join the conversation on this or other posts to the blog.

This post made it through the new pitch and submission process which starts by heading over to submit your pitch. So, you know, get on over there and submit your pitches! Did I mention that you should submit a pitch?!

Special thanks to Funding and Patron supporters for their support and help making this submission process and guest post happen. Not only do supporters help provide funds so that I can pay authors for these new posts, but Patrons with access to the private Patron Lounge on the BBS are able to take part in the submissions process.

In addition to the submission process, there’s a lot of other ways to participate, not the least of which is the new submission process. Consider also participating on the BBS forums or send in something for the Zine! And, if there’s something else you’ve got in mind, just get in touch so we can discuss your idea.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Apr 16, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending April 16th, 2017.

In addition to ongoing work on the library, this week, for me, has been mostly about getting Postal Exchange boxes ready for supporters (Funding supporters who got the “Let the goat come to you” perk and Patron supporters with the “Postal Exchange” perk and above). The first 6 are done and ready to go! I’ve got quite the assembly line set up and going. The house and library cats have been very curious about it all and jumping in boxes, so hopefully I don’t accidentally ship one of the cats …

Today is also the very first guest post, posting to the blog shortly, from the new pitch and submission process which starts with heading over to submit your Pitch! Special thanks to Funding and Patron supporters for their support and help making this happen. Not only do supporters help provide funds so that I can pay authors for these new posts, but Patrons with access to the private Patron Lounge on the BBS are able to take part in the submissions process.

There’s a lot of ways to participate, not the least of which is the new submission process. Consider also participating on the BBS forums or send in something for the Zine!

This month, I ask you to take a few minutes to answer a few questions about what the library means to you, how you use it, and so forth. Your answers will help me improve the library, for you and everyone, and you will also have for a chance to win a gratis download for an anthology album!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.