Here’s looking at you, 2018

Some stuff about me and my work for the year ahead

Photo by Federico Bottos on Unsplash

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we slowly come out of our holiday hibernation to violently rip up last year’s calendar and open up that new one with exuberance.

Since we’re all doing this (at least metaphorically), I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what to expect in the year ahead when it comes to my work and this publication.

More purpose in 2018

So, first of all, after writing here for so long and interacting with my readers along the way, I’ve learned who I’m here to serve. This time off has given me space to really appreciate this. Because that’s what it’s all about, right?…

Finding your tribe and serving them in a bold way is what makes writing online worthwhile, meaningful, and purposeful.

I’ve found that my tribe is composed of creatives, freelancers, and solo/entrepreneurs who are into making a living doing the thing they love and who want to not only do great work but enjoy life while they’re at it.

These are my people. This is my ‘ministry’ if you will. Not that other people can’t read my work. They can, and do. Plenty of my beloved readers aren’t specifically in this category but find that I speak to a certain part of them, and that’s fantastic.

I guess these people are my people because who I just described is… Me. (Weird how that works, right?)

And so, in 2018, I look forward to writing more about my craft (copywriting and online messaging), but also telling more stories, exploring the absurd, cracking more jokes, creating more things, spouting more anecdotes, and connecting on an ever more grounded level (while keeping it woo-woo when necessary, of course).

Now, here’s the thing that’s important to you, the reader (if you enjoy following my work)…

Why I’m taking my love to my email list

I’m trying something new in 2018. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much over social media. I’m opposed to the idea that it’s the holy grail to anything, business or personal.

This isn’t the place to go into the philosophy why (stay tuned), but I’ll just say that I’m taking things to a more intimate level (no, not in a creepy way) in 2018.

What this means is that my daily words will all be published to my daily email list, but only some to Medium.

To give you more of a rundown, here’s why you should jump on my daily email list in 2018…

  • My daily posts will first go out via email to subscribers (while being posted on my main site, Only certain posts will be published here on Medium at Higher Thoughts.
  • I’ll be guest posting on other publications more (in fact, check out my most recent post on Thought Catalog here). Whenever I do, a link will be sent to email subscribers so you can catch it right away.
  • I’ll be offering some spiffy stuff in 2018 (you know — bespoke products and services based around writing, creativity, personal development, and whatnot) and email subscribers will be the first to find out (and thusly be able to capitalize on early bird offers, etc.).

Aaaaand that’s about it, friends. I look forward to seeing you around the internet soon. Please know that serving you has been one of the biggest honors of my life (sorry, I’m getting all sappy again). Thanks so much for reading and supporting me and my work.

I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond pumped for 2018. Here’s to a year filled with more purpose, intention, and meaning (and less stress, hustle, approval-seeking, and anxiety). May this find you tossing out that 2017 calendar with gusto and embracing the 1–8!

As Ever,
Jonas Ellison

P.S. (Again, you can get on that daily list — but only if you reeeally want to — by clicking right here.)