The fact of the matter is that a lot of physical, mental, and emotional energy goes into each of my articles. As an author, it's profoundly rewarding to know that I have an audience of some kind that is interested in (and perhaps even benefits from) my work. When you subscribe, this fills the proverbial sails of my ship with motivation to continue producing and sharing. It's a simple way to let me know that my efforts are being valued, like saying, "Hey Jason, thanks! I just wanted you to know that I'm here and I care about what you have to say. Keep writing!"
What You Get
Subscribing unlocks permanent access to the entire library of articles contained on this website, as well as all future writings too.
Please don't worry that you will be bombarded by a seemingly endless, inbox-cluttering deluge of emails from me. The only thing you'll receive is a short note every once in a rare while containing a link to my newest article whenever I create one.
Why This Site Asks for Subscriptions
The sad reality is that, in the world of traditional publishing, any of the top publishers care less about the quality of your book and more about the quality (i.e. quantity) of your "platform" or audience. The number one measurable they consider to diagnose this isn't Facebook likes or Twitter followers or the fact, let's say, that you're a really swell and popular therapist. Nope, it's your email list.
The Editor-in-Chief of Hay House (the foremost publisher of books within my genre) confessed to me that he won't ever consider publishing a book unless it has a subscribers list that reaches a certain number. Care to guess that number? If you do, you'll likely be many thousands off. Thirty thousand, he told me. 30,000! To quote Shaggy from Scooby Doo, Zoiks!!!!! So, yes, that is why I use subscriptions and why your subscription to my website deeply matters to me. One of my goals is to someday be published by Hay House and you can (and would) play a valuable role in helping me get there, just with a click or two of the mouse.
How You Can Help Even Farther
Publishers don't only care about subscriber lists, as it turns out. They care also about this thing called "open rates". The "open rate" refers to the percentage of subscribers that actually (no surprise here) OPEN the sent emails. So, if you subscribe, please keep an eye out for any future emails from me and be sure to open them, even if you don't read them. Oddly enough, this is helpful.
Another thing to keep in mind for GMAIL USERS: please make sure emails from me aren't landing in your "promotions" tab. If they are, you can simply add my email address to your contact list and (I think) future emails will land in your general inbox instead. Oh, and please don't unsubscribe someday. That's just so terribly heartbreaking.
Lastly, one of the BIGGEST WAYS YOU CAN HELP is by using the share buttons located on the top and bottom of each blog post. Remember that 30,000? Social media is the only way to get there.
My Gratitude to All Subscribers
Thank you! In the immortal words of my sons, Xavier and Kingston, "You are in my heart forever." (That's them to the right.)