So I’ve gotten a good amount of emails and a few comments on my most recent post about me monetizing an MLM satire series. From the feedback, there seems to be some serious confusion about what type of advice I was asking for and where I intend to go with it.
Allow me to clarify some things, as well as make some blunt statements.
1) It will be a paid series no matter what
The first thing that seems to be confusing people is that, in my note, I was asking would you be willing to pay a very small fee for a biweekly satire piece.
People seemed to interpret that as “would you rather have this as a free series, or pay for it?”.
Listen, The Manifesto of Agent Orange is going to be a paid series no matter what. My question doesn’t mean “would you rather have it free or have it paid” it means “would you pay for it period”.
I.e. if you’d like to help me out and reward me for my creative efforts OR get a laugh out of it, would you purchase it?
It’s either it exists as a paid series, or doesn’t exist at all. That simple.
2) I don’t owe you anything
Two email correspondents and one commentator told me, in different words, that I owed it to my readers to release the material for free.
Now they weren’t being snarky or entitled about it at all. They meant it more as a compliment than anything; my work deserves to be read by everyone who comes to this site.
Here’s the thing though: I don’t owe anyone anything.
Now this blog doesn’t take up my life; I have a full-time job now after graduating college, I have a girlfriend, I make time for my family, etc.
But please understand that YPR Pariah is still a significant, long term endeavor for which I have to set aside time and sometimes alter my schedule around. I have to sift through material, decide what won’t get me sued, arrange email correspondence through third parties, proofread, etc.
The information is for free though. I’ll never be like “Hey, guess which Vemma leader is lying today! Pay 99 cents to continue!”. The information necessary for people to decide for or against Vemma will always remain free.
I don’t owe you that either, but I do it because I think it’s the right thing to do so that kids don’t get scammed. A moral obligation, if you will.
The Manifesto of Agent Orange however is my creative venture and it is FICTIONAL. I feel no obligation to make that free.
3) I just wanna get paid
As stupid as this may sound, YPR Pariah is one of the most significant achievements in my young life.
I graduated near the top of my class in high school, graduated college as an engineer, and now I work at a promising job. That’s awesome, and I’m proud of it.
But how many people make a blog that becomes instrumental to taking down a multi-million dollar company engaging in corrupt practices? How many do that in their 20′s within only a year?
You guys have shown appreciation for what I do and how I do it, now all I’m asking is would you pay to see me do it in a fictional medium for a good laugh. It would be nice to leverage my young life’s crowning achievement into something that can pay some bills.
I hope that at least clarifies my stance on this issue aaaaand I hope I didn’t come off as a jerk!