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The Evolution of the Crafty Revolution #2

"I've got mixed feelings about poetry cause done well poetry is fantastic. But not many people are capable of doing it well. I think you should have some kind of license to perform poetry. A poetic license perhaps."
— Craig Ferguson

More thoughts on Free since posting The Evolution of the Crafty Revolution #1. There's a massive discussion going on at CraftyPod. And Diane is an awesome moderator.

We are readers and writers in a niche of creativity, art and craft.

Bloggers offering free content do so because they CHOOSE to do so.

Readers CHOOSE to be on the other side of the equation. You can bounce in and out without leaving a footprint (SCUBA mantra, leave only bubbles), or you can leave a comment, click an ad, buy stuff you would buy anyhow through their Amazon/Dick Blick/etc. link, link from your blog, fav a photo, do a workshop, buy an e-book, share a recipe for espresso quiche or invite them to your wedding.

There is NO obligation on the part of the reader. Zero. Zilch.

My choice is to not take Free for granted.


ṫḯρ ʟøṽ℮ {I've added a Tip Jar to Daisy Yellow and your donations provide a much needed energy and happiness boost.}

฿Ѧℝт€ℝ ʟѺⅤℰ ~ Negotiate trades! You can take my e-course free if I can take yours free. Or I'll trade you a matted print of this mandala for a print of your cafe sketch.How would that work? What if you offered me a print of your cat and I wasn't interested? A payment option on etsy or zibbet or an entirely new platform, to pay via art rather than currency. I'm not a techy guru, but there is potential here.

What else can we do to sustain the inspiring world of Free?

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Reader Comments (6)

This is a really interesting topic. I'm all about free stuff on the internet, but as a blogger I'm becoming increasingly aware that it IS a two way street. You give and you take. But it's really important to give something back to the person offering the content, even if that content is free.

Take comments. Comments are really meaningful and important. They're a form of payoff, for writing good content, imo. I feel energized and excited by them when I get one, it means I'm writing material that is interesting and engaging enough to my readers to inspire them take two minutes to leave a few words. That's really, really something I never want to take for granted.leaves some bubbles.

01.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRainy

Rainy, Thank you for for leaving some bubbles! Before starting a blog, I was so timid about leaving comments, but now I am comfortable because the truth is that there is another person just like you on the other side, reading them! And it spurs discussion and further comments.


01.29.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

Link love as a way of giving something back - it's so obvious, but I hadn't thought of it in those terms! That's something that even us penniless types can do - although I will be buying you a coffee at some point ;-)

I'd love to see bartering become popular. I've always been interesting in bartering as a way of sidetracking the money issues. :-)

01.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Sam, Link Love is an interesting idea to pursue - it's kinda like giving your cousin the name of a calligrapher to do her wedding invites. Kind of. But I love that you are thinking about Free in new and different ways.


01.31.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

I totally agree with you that bloggers (and other web authors) choose to provide free info and that readers incur no obligation. Quite a while back I set up a commercial-free web site (that I pay for) to provide info on a non-craft topic that I feel is important. I chose to do this at the time and I choose to continue paying for and adding to the site.

I do sometimes wish that readers would put more thought into their comments. I end up avoiding reading the comments and even staying away from certain craft blogs where one can always count on way too many repeat comments of the "I love your stuff" variety.

I'm also somewhat of a cynic in that it seems obvious that some bloggers promote controversy to increase traffic to increase income. I only found this blog a few days ago but I've been coming back primarily because it feels very honest and genuine to me.

01.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggySu

PeggySu, Cheers for freedom of speech! We can publish ideas that we want to get out into the world, our own little newspapers. Your point is well taken - many writers/bloggers incite argument, sensationalize posts and lack sincerity. It is heartwarming to know that you find honesty here. Thank you.


01.31.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

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