sus·te·nance

some insight

Whenever I tell people about my blog, I usually get a response like, “Oh, what’s it about?”, “What do you write about?”, or “Get away from me.”

To be honest, I haven’t really formulated a way of putting the meaning or purpose behind my writing into a short explanation. I always end up thinking for a couple of minutes and, if they’re still there, give them some ad-libbed pseudo-philosophical answer about the deeper meaning of life.

No, it’s not really about the deeper meaning of life, my take on how to live it, or even a self-help blog. I personally find the genre of “self-help” amusing and ironic because it’s someone else that’s suggesting it.

If there’s anything I’ve learned through life, it’s that an idea planted by someone else is minimally effective compared to one conjured up by your own mind.

This blog is here to do exactly that: make you the protagonist in your own life and help you find a way to seize it on your own accord.

26025946_331925937286713_3027981563241757062_oso, what is it?

TPI is something of a creative blend.

It’s meant to make you take a breather from the greater marathon of life, reconsider your situation, and evaluate any changes needed while simultaneously presenting you with a new perspective from someone you wouldn’t otherwise have acknowledged the existence of.

A beautiful layout, flowing writing, and my favorite photos I’ve taken between blog posts are supposed to stimulate your right brain while the left is forced to ask the same questions I’ve asked myself about your own life. This blog suggests taking a step back and daydream a little bit about what your ideal life would look like and what values you hold in high regard. What I do is put my own version of it into words.

I also enjoy exploring the topic of mental health through articles like Hollow Shells and Happy Pills, self-improvement through the new series Harder Ways, and legacy through memories about my own upbringing, like Incipience and A Dedication.

The Perfect Ideals explores the topics of life experience, minimalism, and what kind of legacy you want to leave. Everything on the website has been my own work, and I will continue to keep it a one-man machine for as long as it’s alive.

sustainability

In an attempt to grow the number of readers I have, I want to really start investing in this blog. Recently a scarce production, I will begin by making one promise:

I will write one feature-length article per week. 

Feature-length being the typical essay length, anywhere from 800 to 2000 words, depending on the topic. Each essay takes anywhere from 8 to 20 hours, depending on length and amount of media featured. Maintenence cost of the blog is about $50 a year.

If you are a fan of this blog and would like to help it grow, I will just ask that you do one thing: share.

As a personal improvement project, I managed to bring the number of Facebook friends I have down to below 100 — every person being someone that I consider to be a close(r) individual. Unfortunately, from a marketing perspective, it was the equivalent of digging myself into a ditch.

Each reader here is bound to have a couple of people that would be interested in perusing the work here and, hopefully, they’d be inclined to read this post and share as well.

You can click here to visit my Facebook page, where you can receive notifications whenever a new blog post goes live.

I will be unapologetically grateful if you would take the time out of your day and share this blog with the people in your life in an attempt to make their situation better.

patreon

Last, but not least, I launched a Patreon for my blog. Patreon is basically a crowd-sourced support page for creative minds like me. Each month, I will be releasing a couple of Patreon-exclusive posts, as well as a host of other bonuses like anonymous surveys about topic ideas or group conferences to discuss life.

TPI hasn’t quite taken off yet, but I’m not going to upset if it doesn’t. However many people read it is merely dessert on the dish that is my creative outlet. In other words, creating these works is refreshing on its own — having people enjoy is just the icing on the cake. Each post takes about 10 hours to complete. Between the initial writing stage, rewriting it, and compiling the photographs and designs for the post, blogging is an endurance test.

The Perfect Ideal is something that I want to invest in. Time, energy, and money all go into making a dream a reality. However, I can’t do this alone. Ideas and perspectives, funding, and motivation are all limited resources. With the help of Patreon, I can pull from the collective minds of my readers in order to create something that everyone will feel connected to.

What the Money Goes Toward:
Unfortunately, nothing in this world is free. My initial goal is a total of $50 per paid article or written essay. Each paid article will be based on reader suggestion and I will host discussions in a private conference call based on each topic.
This small income will be enough to make TPI sustainable in a way that will let me grow the blog:

– Hosting: unfortunately www.wordpress.theperfectideal.com just doesn’t feel professional. My first goal is to pay for a domain name that looks and reads professionally. Also, I’ll have an email server just for communicating with my audience.
– A redesigned website: a free WordPress template just isn’t going to cut it, especially by today’s standards for originality. One of the goals of the website is to have a minimalist, modern design that will be appealing for all eyes to see and allow for the reader to focus on the creative output of the blog.
– Living: as a college student that’s dependent on my parents, money isn’t terribly easy to come by. As I have no time for a part-time job, this will be something of an occupation for me.
And finally,
– Producing a book: 
becoming a published author has been a lifelong dream of mine. As I grow older, I’d like to self-publish a short psychology influenced book that explores how nurture influences our thinking and how growing up as an Asian-American has impacted my life.

Click here if you’d like to check this service out.

Whether you decide to support me financially or not, I’ll continue making our neurons fire.

Thanks for stopping by,

Lawrence Hu

 

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