by Rachel Melcher
A year ago, Nature Nurtured was created with a lot of help from my friends. We started with a fairly simple plan–to craft a pagan family website that was equal parts professional and inspirational. We attempted to accomplish that with monthly digital magazine-modeled issues on a theme that were then fed into an organized archive, by article type, for future reference. It was very important to me to give back to the pagan community–and so we also promoted pagan cottage industries with our monthly Shop Spotlights and Gift Giveaways as well as by paying the writers, photographers, and artists that we featured for their submissions. It was a wonderful way to explore and share a magickal home-centered lifestyle with our readers. But after five months, I realized that it wasn’t a sustainable model for me.
After growing and greening with my family this past summer and fall, I checked back in with the website for the first time. It feels like a big, cold spaceship that was left adrift. It’s built to be run by a crew, but I’m here now flipping some switches, checking the gauges, and firing up a few systems. I’d forgotten what a beauty she is and just what she’s capable of–what she was built to do. The most surprising thing of all is that she’s been doing it without me. Every day, web browsers direct people to the articles we have on archive. Every day, we’re the answer to someone’s Google search about pagan family life. Despite six months of silence from us, we’re still getting new members on our Facebook community page. There is something of enduring value here and we’re just getting started.
So here’s what I suggest for a more sustainable future at Nature Nurtured. I’m throwing out the monthly deadlines, the themed issues. They create unneeded stress for me and for my contributors. I’m going to continue to add to our content, to interview more of you for Your Family features, for example. I’ll spotlight shops and create giveaways, too, but they’ll come when they’re right, not on a monthly scrambling-for-the-deadline basis. We’ll explore, for awhile, a more blog-style approach of individual articles on individual days. We’ll slow down, savor more, and mindfully work to cultivate more magick in all of our lives.
A year later, and our goal is still the same. We are creating community and supporting each other in our pursuit of a warm and wonderful home life, infused and informed by our spiritual traditions.
We are Nature Nurtured.