𓅛 Pumilo

Birds, Wildlife and Gardening

Spring 2021 Updates

Clouds and mountains
Clouds over the Pryor Mountains in Pryor, Montana.

So much has happened in the past five months that I don’t know where to begin.

Those who’ve been following this blog might know that, after the success of my 2020 AmeriCorps term in Colorado, I signed up for a second term in Montana.

My Montana term has not been like the Colorado one, at all.

The Drawbacks of AmeriCorps

While I was faced with challenges in Colorado – including having to evacuate from a sneaky wildfire – overall I had a great time; my AmeriCorps program was well-run, and it fit the job description exactly.

A giant smoke plume from a wildfire.
The wildfire that snuck up on me in Colorado. I’m not always as observant as I could be.

The Montana AmeriCorps program has been quite different. Nearly everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, and for the first time it’s not (all) my fault.

I now feel like I’ve experienced many of the good and bad aspects of AmeriCorps, and overall the negative outweighs the positive.

As such, if anyone reading this post is considering joining AmeriCorps, I’d advise against it. I don’t feel comfortable giving too many details just yet, but I’ve resigned from the AmeriCorps position that I was thrilled about in January – sort of.

When Montana State Parks employees in western Montana found out what had been happening at my site (eastern and western Montana are different worlds), they began to see if I could be transferred out there.

Thus, I’m currently trying to see if I can finish my second AmeriCorps term at a site in western Montana. I’d like to honor my commitment to serve until November – but it feels like a long shot.

If the transfer doesn’t work, I’ll probably pursue a life of crime.

The Confounding Miracle of this Blog

Pretty much how this blog works. Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay

This blog is proof that we’re living in a simulation. That’s because, despite me not posting for five months, this site continues to earn traffic, and even to grow.

I’m thoroughly confused by this situation – and a little irritated. I’ve repeatedly said that I want to transition away from this site and towards a more professional platform, but gaining new followers makes that harder.

So, stop following me!

A metaphor for my life. Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

I’m therefore at a loss for what to do. If I keep The Jaguar and Allies as my main platform, I have to put serious work into making it more streamlined, faster, and focused on my niche.

But it’s hard for me to justify doing all that work at a loss, especially since my current job – paradoxically – has cost me more money than I’ve made. The more I look into it, the more I also realize that a wordpress.com site is a worse deal in the long run than a wordpress.org platform.

If anyone has any ideas as to how I can transition sites without losing all my followers, or revamp The Jaguar and Allies without going broke, I’d love to hear them.

The Future

I haven’t a clue where I’ll be when I release my next update. The way things are going, I might be living in a hut on one of the Florida Keys and supporting myself by selling pictures of Elon Musk with forged signatures.

Only time will tell.


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