It is now official (except for all the invoices and other paperwork being sent back and forth), and I wanted my faithful blog readers to be among the first to know.
I will now be accepting paid advertising for Sinespace on my blog (my first such sponsor, for which I am grateful). Please note that this advertising is completely separate from the WordPress WordAds and Google AdSense ads which I already run in certain places on my blog.
Here are my advertising rates, if you are interested. By no means is this an exclusive arrangement; the more advertisers I can get, the better!
In addition, I will become a paid, embedded reporter for Sinespace, writing 4 to 8 articles a month to cover all aspects of the platform and the people who use it: content creator profiles, event coverage, the rollout of new features, etc.
I would like to thank Adam Frisby and his team at Sine Wave Entertainment for this unique opportunity. And I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I will be paid for doing something I love!
I do want to thank you all for your kindness and support in the 2-1/2 years I have been writing the RyanSchultz.com blog. I could not have embarked upon this journey without you!
The RyanSchultz.com blog will continue, I will continue to write about other social VR/virtual worlds, and I will remain an independent blogger. In the case of Sinespace, obviously I am going to have to have a conversation with Adam and his team about my editorial independence. I do have a certain style and viewpoint, my readers have come to expect that style and viewpoint, and I don’t expect that things are going to change dramatically. I promise I will keep you posted.
This is a brand new endeavour for me, another step on the road of monetizing the work I do in social VR, virtual worlds, and the metaverse, and another step on the road of turning a beloved hobby into a career I hope to pursue full-time when I retire from my job at the University of Manitoba Libraries. (The current plan is for me to retire at age 60, four years from now. We’ll see what happens. I’ll take things year by year.)
We (Sinespace and I) will start off slowly, take things day by day, and see what happens over the next few months. If either I or Sinespace decide that this arrangement isn’t working out, either side can terminate it with no hard feelings. I believe that this is a win-win for both of us, and I am excited to see what comes next!
So, what do you think? As always, you can leave a comment on this blogpost, or you can join the RyanSchultz.com Discord server, the world’s first cross-worlds discussion forum! Over 300 people from around the world, representing many different social VR platforms and virtual worlds, meet daily to chat, discuss, debate, and argue about the ever-evolving metaverse. And we’d like to extend an invitation for you to come join us!
UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Adam Frisby has stated on the RyanSchultz.com Discord server, in response to questions asked about my editorial independence with respect to Sinespace:
Just speaking officially here – I have a strong preference if Ryan is independent. I have zero intention on us interfering on anything. We do want to be able to cover interesting stuff our users are doing, and that’s the goal—let Ryan find something interesting to talk about, and we’ll support his efforts doing so.
Thank you, Adam!