WTF is The Afterglow?
Hey there. I’m Ariel Meadow Stallings, an author, publisher, and dancer from Seattle. After 20 years of giving my content away on the internet on websites like Offbeat Bride, this newsletter is my way to find an intimate, sustainable relationship with the readers who care about my work.
I hope you’ll join me.
I’ll be writing weekly with my thoughts on everything from the future of the publishing industry to the edges of self-development to personal insights to devotional dance videos.
I see this as a delicious experiment, and it’ll probably be a bit messy. After years of overly-engineered content marketing strategies focused on to maximize advertising revenue, I am SO FREAKING EXCITED to focus on a subscriber-supported platform. Let’s get messy AF!
Free vs paid subscriptions
You can follow for free to get a monthly post, but my weekly newsletter with the most interesting stuff is for my paying subscribers.
By “interesting stuff,” I mean the squishy vulnerable personal stories, the dishy behind-the-scenes industry stuff, the NSFW self-dev, maybe chapters from my erotic novellete, and who knows what else.
Also, paying subscribers have the option to be added to my “close friends” list on Instagram. I use Insta Stories to share videos of my daily devotional dance practice, which I jokingly call lapdances for god.
The universe in conversation with itself through all of us
My biggest motivation with all my work (both personal development work and professional creative work) is exploring conversation with those who are also deep in it with their own work.
Paying subscribers can comment on all posts, and I hope you’ll feel empowered to click through and speak up! I’m always excited to hear about books you’re reading, your own personal insights, questions you might have, or concerns about something I’ve shared.
I love the way the universe talks with itself through the conversations we have together… I can’t wait to get to know you!