Amanda Palmer talks about how she’s monetized her art in a non-traditional manner, and how much success she has had and how much money she has made despite giving her music away for free.
Her husband had some words about piracy that dovetail beautifully with Amanda’s philosophy. They got me to thinking — how much do we really value the things that we get without paying for them?
I’ve got some thoughts floating around in my head about this, as it relates to blogging on the internet and about the inevitable fund-raisers we end up doing for one thing or another, and how generous the readers of this free content are even in the face of frivolous fundraisers like my drive for funds to go to Women In Secularism. They may coalesce into a post of their own, but for now, all I can say is this: It’s more than reasonable to give content away for free and ask for money in return based on people’s abilities to donate. It still eats at me when I do it, but I’m always surprised at how big-hearted people are — especially the people who probably couldn’t really afford that $2 donation they just gave you. (And really, those make my heart sing the most.)