Following my recent announcement that LRT is winding down on 31st October, I’ve received some questions and comments via the comment section and by email.
In this post, I want to answer these publicly, so everyone is on the same page. If you have further questions, feel free to leave them below!
LRT is my go-to for intersectional/alternative witchy info and inspiration. Can you recommend other blogs and sites I can turn to?
Yes! I think this is a question the whole community can help answer. I’m putting together a open thread post which will be published soon – here everyone in the community will be able to share their recommendations in one place. This will be published early October.
I love the Bits & Bobs newsletter. Will we be able to keep up-to-date with you (Beth) personally?
Yes! Before finishing the LRT newsletter on 31st October, everyone will be offered the opportunity to join me on a new, more personal mailing list, where I’ll still be sending out the same kinda stuff – just without the LRT component. In order to comply with GDPR (and my own ethics) I will end the existing list, and start over with a new one. Look out for links to join the new list in emails throughout October.
I am a student in one of the online courses. What will happen to these?
Nobody will lose what they have purchased. Whilst I do intend to change the way courses are run in the future (I may revamp them with audio and video content, or I may cease offering them, since their purpose has been to fund the blog and pay writers – I haven’t decided yet), if you are registered on either/both A Card a Day or The Alternative Tarot Course, you’ll continue to have the same access as you do now.
Have you fired the writers?
No. LRT writers are freelance, submitting posts in line with their own schedules, nobody has been fired. Writers have been given two months’ notice of the change, and those who need it are being offered support in finding alternative platforms for their writing. The loss of this platform/income (small as it is) does present an issue for some of our team, and I’m in conversation with them about any useful support I and/or LRT can offer to ease the transition.
How do you intend to be accountable to the social and financial capital this blog has brought you?
I will publish a post soon addressing this. I’m very aware that in running this site, I have personally gained a lot – not only in joy, friendship and emotional support, but also in terms of social capital (a platform for my voice, a space to shape political discourse, some ‘fame’ and generally being seen as a cool person, etc) and cash (because the blog promotes and benefits the shop, which is my living).
I want to completely own this and talk frankly about how we can be accountable to this as business owners, and offer practical examples from my own work here.
What will happen to the columns?
Some will end, some will shift over to their writers’ own sites, and some are seeking new homes. You’ll know what is happening to each column if you read them, as I’m sure each writer will let you know where you can continue to follow them and their writing after October. Of the columns that are seeking new homes, I’m speaking with writers and offering support in finding suitable new platforms.
I’m also hoping to share a series of interviews with some of the writers, so you can find out more about them and follow and support them.
You talked in spring about creating a community space – what’s happening with that?
Back in spring, I was all excited and passionate about creating an online community space I’d been imaging for a long time. I believed that the next evolution for Little Red Tarot had to be this. As I have sat with this idea over the months since then, and connected more with my own capacity and desire, it has shifted. A lot. Right now, it’s possible I may embark on this project – or I may make peace with letting it go, and do other things instead – all I know right now is that I need some space this autumn to die back a little and see what generates anew after than. I still love the idea – and I have realised I am not in the right place just now to create, hold and sustain/maintain such a big project.
I’m sorry that I spoke about this earlier, when I was excited and totally believed this was what I was doing. I’m really trying to learn not to be so ‘urgent’ and to build in time for swirling and letting things shift, before making announcements. I’ve definitely learned a thing about when to share and when to keep things in my head. It feels irresponsible to have gotten people excited with me – only to drop the idea later on, and I’m sorry to anyone who feels let down there.
If you have any further questions right now, I’m listening. Please drop them into the comments box below this post and I’ll answer you there.
Thank you all so much for being here,