My past life working in digital marketing taught me just how important it is to have your call-to-action — in my case, asking you to help support me and my writing with donations — appear multiple times throughout your site. So, since not all of you read the whole arduous ‘Man Behind The Words‘ section and may have missed when I explained myself and this whole donation thing, here’s the deal…
Why a donation button you ask? Because the system is broken.
Art like recorded music and writing, no matter the quality, has been deemed valueless (which isn’t the same as worthless). Seriously, who pays for things like MP3s and journalism these days? They are seen as public domain the minute they hit the internet.
Musicians, in turn, have reverted to making money by near-constant touring and selling their songs to every cellphone and car company under the sun, but aspiring writers and journalists are left to either learn best-practices at neutered mainstream media outlets that breed journalistic apathy or they’re forced to turn into human content farms that never grow or develop as writers.
When putting this site together and gathering all of the less-embarrassing pieces I’ve written from the varying expanses of the interwebs, I was reminded of all the energy and effort I had put not just into each individual article but this journey as a whole. That reminded me of all the other, more talented writers I know whose quality work is getting overlooked or undervalued.
And that reminded me that because the current marketplace values page-views over insights and creativity, writers that truly believe in their work shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask for contributions to help them continue to develop it. It’s not a bad thing to think that one’s best work might be worthy of something other than a Like or a Retweet.
To paraphrase the Wall Street Journal:
[Good writing] is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that [good writing] should not be free, and my prediction is that individual [writers] and their [readers] will someday decide what an [article]’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.
So click around the site, enjoy exploring the vast recesses of my digital brain, and if you feel so inclined, throw some change in the digital tipjar. Please and thank you and I can’t believe you read this whole thing.
I love you,
To reach me/to offer me a gig (freelance or otherwise), email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
To give me money without the expectation of me writing something for you, click the ‘Donate’ button:
Thank you so much for reading, and please make sure to CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON ABOVE!
(Marketing 101 says you’re more likely to donate if I explicitly ask you to in bold capital letters)