Looking back through my archives, it amazes me how much I’ve actually written. The Digital Ambler has been around since 2010, at first on Blogspot as a devotional blog to XaTuring, the modern god of the Internet, but in 2011, when I started actually studying and practicing magic in earnest, I shifted gears to be less devotional to that deity (which, admittedly, I never got too far with) and more studious and practical in my approach. Skip ahead seven and a half years, over 600 posts and 700,000 views later, and here we are.
It really has been a trip, you guys.
More importantly, the focus of that trip has changed. Long-time readers of my blog have noticed that I recently redid my blog layout and appearance, but a more subtle change is up there at the top of the page. The blog motto used to be “embrace the detours on a Hermetic path”; after all, when I was starting out, I had no idea where I’d end up, much less what paths I’d be taking or skipping or changing. Now, the motto is changed: “always forward between Heaven and Earth”. The path, the Work, has not ceased, but it has shifted; I’m done taking detours, and now I have a (however slightly) better grasp on what the path I’m on actually looks like. The most important thing, though, is that I don’t stop on this path that’s been laid out for me.
Over the years, I’ve made the commitment to share my notes, experiments, thoughts, and details of my Work publicly. I don’t share everything like this; I have some stuff kept in ebooks now, other things are saved for future publications, some topics will be reserved for worthy students-to-come, and yet other secrets will remain as such. But, of the things I do share, I share gladly and freely. As a result of my writing and sharing, this blog has become something of a useful resource for many students of the occult, magic, and divination across the Internet. It humbles me, and it makes my heart glad that I’m able to help others just by doing what I do. Besides, I consider it good that I write so much, because even I forget half the stuff I come up with unless I’ve written it down; this blog is as much for my own benefit as it is for the public’s.
This blog has always been free to read, and I intend to keep it that way.
Unfortunately, bills pile up, and the bitter taste of economic insecurity is in the air. No, I’m not suffering from some cataclysm or huge emergency, but things can get worrisome now and again. The more things I have to take care of, the less time I have to write or Work; the less time I have to do those things, the more dust my blog gathers. After the past 18 months of significantly-decreased output, I want to get back to the Work, but it’s hard when there’s so much else to take care of. While I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and the support of my readers over the years, pride and good cheer don’t pay for my gas or power bill.
But you know what you can do? You can buy me a coffee on Ko-fi, an internet tip jar service that lets people support their favorite content creators by donating a few dollars, the price of a cup of coffee. Every little bit counts, and every little bit gets my deep gratitude and appreciation for your support. Yes, you’ll be able to keep me caffeinated and awake and energized enough to continue to Work and write, but your support will also help me cover ritual supplies, research materials, travel expenses, and much more.
If you’ve ever found yourself entertained by my rambling and whining, spurred onto deeper research and study because of my notes, or enthused enough to incorporate my Work into your own, please consider supporting my blog once in a while; it’ll help go towards making sure there’s always more to be entertained, interested, and enthused with. Check out this little video I made talking about me, the blog, and Ko-fi:
(This was my first time using A/V editing software. Happy as I am with it, please forgive me my shoddy work.)
So, if you like the content I post on the Digital Ambler and want to help support me in making more content, buy me a coffee on Ko-fi! And, if you like the good work Ko-fi is already doing and the fact that it’s a free service for both creators and supporters, consider buying them a coffee to them, as well.