2020 and the state of things
Activity at Alt+H has been slow for a while. We’re all pretty burned out, and I wish I could say it’s just because of this coronavirus thing. But honestly, we’ve placed some pretty big expectations on ourselves, and it’s stopping us actually getting things done. So we had a meeting, and we’re gonna be cutting down and changing a couple things:
- Removing Patreon rewards. In particular, the monthly article is a really big obligation. We felt we had to do to it to continue to have a Presence and stay relevant in the tags, but… We were getting like, no engagement on the monthly article votes. In a way, this is a good thing - it shows that a lot of you aren’t here for the rewards, pledging money out of a simple desire to help. We really, really appreciate that. And at the end of the day, we don’t need to be expanding our operations to affect change. Right now, we just need to cover the cost of hosting the website and the forum, and maybe put some aside for printing and shipping costs for pamphlets down the line. (Marron has offered to continue writing articles anyway, but we’re still talking about it. I can’t promise right now what format they’ll come back in, how frequently, or if they’ll come back at all. We’ll keep you posted.)
- Loosening up things in the Discord. We’ve heard through the grapevine that it’s a pretty intimidating space for a lot of people. Fortunately, with the arrival of the forum, we don’t feel like we have to hold so high a standard in there anymore. So we’ll be relaxing the rules around having discussion of a Sufficient Quality at least. Community has been the heart of Alt+H since we started being a thing, and it’s super important that people feel comfortable expressing themselves in our spaces.
- Voice. We’ve long struggled with the right balance between professional and approachable. Obviously, we want to look like we’re taking this seriously, so that other people take alterhuman issues seriously. But we’ve invested too much in trying to look like a Legitimate Organization, to seem relevant and active, and our actual work has been suffering. Perhaps more importantly, it alienates a lot of you. So we’d like to lift the Corporate Persona a bit, focus more on the individual people here, and make it easier to talk to us. You might see us getting a little more opinionated and political, because, well, we’re opinionated and political people (and not taking a hard stance on that has attracted some weirdos to us in the past). Some of us might even say a cuss word from time to time.
And we are still working on stuff, slow as it may be. I’m still working on the species dysphoria pamphlet (though I’ve offloaded some of it right now since I’ve got my hands full with the forum and the website). We’ve got Rook and Marron writing the copy for 101 pamphlets about nonhumanity and plurality. Joey (the lovely person who wrote the plural self-advocacy timeline) is setting up a Wikipedia editing project that will invite a lot of community participation. We’ve still got plenty of ideas for pamphlets, surveys, community initiatives, posters and stickers, research, other resources…
Point being, we’re not running out of steam any time soon. We’re just lifting a lot of our expectations of timeliness. Shit will be done when it’s done, and we hope that work will speak for itself. In the meantime, we’ll continue to be in all the usual places, sharing our thoughts, feelings and ideas about alterhumanity and listening to yours.
As always, please get in touch with any questions or concerns you have! You can ask here on Tumblr, @ us on Twitter, drop into the Discord server or email us. We especially want to hear about what else we can do to make you feel more comfortable reaching out, having your say and getting involved with what we do.
Posted 2020-04-30 21:02:11 GMT