I thought now that 2019 has just started, I would share some of our plans for Metaphysics of Physics.
Metaphysics of Physics got started in early August of 2018. Since then we have seen ten podcast episodes, a few non-podcast blog entries and the addition of new features, our “Random Scary Quote” widget.
Well, as far as our first five or so months ago and considering we only release episodes every two weeks, that is not too awful. But, I think we can do better in 2019. How so? Let me share some of the ways, in no particular order:
We produce a podcast episode every two weeks. We are pretty happy with this and except as noted below, we are unlikely to produce podcast episodes more frequently than this. But this does not mean that we will not produce more content!
We will be releasing longer text articles at least once a week, including the weeks on which we produce podcast episodes. These will not be short blog text posts like we have seen on the site so far, but medium or long sized text equivalents of podcast episodes.
However, for the most part these will be available only to those who have made a donation. With some regular or additional content being made freely available.
If you want to see the extra content, then all you have to do is donate at least $2 or $5 a month to get perks respectively.
This is essentially a subscription service where you get additional content, starting at the low price of $2/month.
See the section below for more on donations and subscription.
So, when does this new content start? It was intended to be by the second week of January, but we we are pushing this forward to the first week of April. This allows this to debut with several previous weeks of articles (about 8 or 9) already published and ready to read.
Earlier in the year, we set up a Patreon account. We have not really been promoting it much. Nor have we really spent a great deal of time trying to find the best reward incentives. We have decided that Patreon was not really the platform for us, we have set up a donation platform here on the website, using PayPal.
But, why do we need a donation platform?
We will continue to produce Metaphysics of Physics content as long as we have time and the means to do so. However, we still put in a fair bit of time bringing you this content. So, any donations you might like to make would be greatly appreciated.
In order to encourage you to donate, we are planning on offering content which is exclusive to donating members. They will get access to member only content. Which will mostly take the form of additional content. This is basically a subscription to additional content.
If you would like to find out more about how to make a donation and our membership perks, you find out on our Join Us page by clicking here.
If you are not willing to become a member, then fear not, we will be creating free additional content as well. This will take the form of shorter, but far more regular blog posts. These will not follow any set schedule or frequency. However, about once or twice a week on average seems fairly likely at the time of writing.
Our podcast episodes are usually between twenty minutes, up to about an hour, with some being a little longer. Usually, we do not go into great depth in any one episode. Although, future multi-part episodes will go into greater depth on some issues.
This is all well and good, but we would like to cover some topics in greater depth and devote more time to them. To this end, we will be producing audio lectures on topics such as the fundamental issues in modern physics and their causes, the true nature and importance of mathematics and more.
This will, of course, be in addition to whatever else is going on with Metaphysics of Physics content.
We will be selling these lectures once produced. Although, for a very reasonable price. We have not decided on the pricing, but they will be somewhere around the range of 2 to 5 dollars each.
How often will we be able to produce these? It is hard to say, it depends on how much time we have to create them. But, I hope to get at least two done in the first half of 2019.
Metaphysics of Physics Merchandise
As well as running Metaphysics of Physics, we also run a t-shirt store selling stuff to pondering minds such as yourself. There we also have a Metaphysics of Physics Merch line. This is Metaphysics of Physics related stuff. All proceeds from this merchandise goes back into funding Metaphysics of Physics.
So, if you want to help support Metaphysics of Physics, this is another way to do that!