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The Evolution of the Crafty Revolution #1

"Man—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life."
~ Ayn Rand

A creative revolution.

Writing, designing, sharing... a recipe for Tequila-Lime Chicken (Pioneer Woman) ♣ how to do an embroidered lock stitch (Pin Tangle) ♣ embroidery patterns (Needle 'n Thread) ♣ photoshop actions (Coffee Shop) ♣ left-brained writing promptsright-brained writing prompts (WritingFix) ♣ creative experiments to try (iHanna) ♣ design inspiration (Share Some Candy) ♣ J. Herbin ink reviews (Spiritual Evolution of the Bean).

It's magical. It's amazing. It's inspirational!

Cue the dramatic theme music!

My mind is racing with ideas. since reading a discussion at Craftypod with Sister Diane: How Sustainable is Free?

FREE, noun. DEFINITION: free stuff/services
As an english teacher's daughter, I like using Free as a noun. Definition gleaned from Craftypod.

In today's crafty revolution, here's one side of the equation. A ginormous number of people are busy manufacturing Free. These folks, the producers, might close up shop, start charging, charge for part of their work, or move to Alaska and teach dry-suit diving! You, the user, get to use the Free without doing/giving anything in return. On the surface it seems like this might be lopsided, out of balance. Yet it continues to work.

Why do we blog? A brilliant chat about blogging from Seth Godin and Tom Peters at 33 Charts.

But back to Free. To to my mind, the producers of the Free will keep going as long as they are getting something that they value in return. Motivation. Fame. Power. Influence. Creative Sparks. Friendship. Enjoyment. Challenge. Revenue from ads. A book deal. Collaboration. Problem-solving. Revenue from other stuff (art, consultation, photoshop actions). Charity. Sanity. Etc.

Further discussion of Free at A Little Hut

What else can we do to sustain this fun community of Free? How do we thank the bloggers we read, those who share their talents, ingenuity, time, energy, humour + experience? How do you know what motivates a particular blogger? Please add your ideas in the comments or pop over to Diane's original post and give her your thoughts.

PS. Craftypod is a groovy podcast about all things crafty.

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Reader Comments (2)

I saw your comment over on Crafty Pod. I've been pondering this for some time (since the last time she discussed it, in fact).
I'm a user of FREE rather than a provider, and I benefit from it everyday - how do I return the benefit, or even out the equation? Diane was talking about the crafty community recently, and giving back with comments. I used to be very good at commenting, then I had too many blogs and too little time, but I'm trying to get back into good habits. I know how great I feel whenever I get comments.
With my super tight budget, books get added to an ever growing wishlist, pdf's and classes get viewed longingly, but FREE stuff on the internet and the library are where I remain. Someone's suggestion of a "buy me a coffee" tip jar seemed a good idea.
Another way is to produce some FREE myself, then the circle goes round and round. But I'm not confident enough to feel I have anything new to offer. I have a little shop of crochet items, but I'm very aware that there are hundreds of others offering much the same.

Eek! Very long comment. I just want to add, I love reading your posts, and seeing your artwork. It is very inspiring. Often I don't comment, because I can't think of anything to say - I can't say "Lovely" everytime (or can I??)

Sam xx

01.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Sam, Every time I read a post about the creative blogging arena, it makes my mind swirl with thought. So you raise an interesting question. Are users of Free who don't produce Free "different" than users of Free who are also producers? I actually think they are equal from the perspective of the original producer of Free. What if a user of Free produced knitting patterns only for wool yarn. As someone allergic to wool, even though they produced Free, I would not use it. It's not like there's a huge pool of Free and people give and take equally.

And you blog about your creative adventures, which inspires others!!!

To your point about comments, I love any sincere comments, because it means that you you are out there getting something out of DY. Another idea for bloggers and non-bloggers alike is to see the comments as a conversation where readers ask questions and it becomes a dialogue where readers can add value with their insight and experience. That is what you did above, and for that many thanks!!!

I'm considering a tip jar. I'm nervous about the concept. But I think it makes sense.


01.14.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

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