We hardly ever get paid to do the things we love. Who among us aspiring writers, Forteans and armchair scientists don’t hold full time jobs, have families, maintain homes, have other related responsibilities and also manage to keep up with news, email, do research and write in our blogs? Likely all of us. That’s precisely why the current situation at Cryptomundo puts me off.
I may get razzed for this but I am not of the opinion that one should ask for money to sustain my personal research (unless I’m asking for a grant) and blogging about arguably marginal topics. My blog is for my own personal satisfaction and if anyone else reads it, likes it, passes it on, that’s terrific and I feel great about that. That was my point in the first place. But, let’s get real and understand that life goes on without cryptozoology news. Not everyone cares about, is interested in or needs to know anything at all about cryptozoology, etc. in order to live their life. It’s a super small niche compared to the big picture of international conflict, poverty, health care and basic education.
Loren asking for money on Cryptomundo- first to buy a new PC and then to keep blogging at all – is disturbing to me. I’m sorry he’s down on his luck in the employment category. Not many people can make money writing nonfiction books, or contributing to websites, blogs or magazines. Ask some renowned college professors who literally, wrote the book, and receive pennies or nothing for each copy that may cost $100.
I have personally contributed a few bucks to open-source software creators to support their work because it seemed like a fair thing to do and it was the only way I could do it. I have even donated to certain web sites because I used the information provided. I would have bought a book if it was available. I’ve purchased some of Loren’s books, an autographed copy of Mysterious America, for example, because you should support good authors writing on topics you care about. I feel like I’ve contributed already in the most appropriate way.
But, soliciting money directly from your blog readers reminds me too much of a televangelist requiring donations so God doesn’t sweep them away to the beyond. It’s not right. It smacks of self-importance.
Cut back on the posts. Tell us why and we’ll be sympathetic. We understand the demands of day-to-day existence. I’ll live without the blog and get by. Sorry, but it’s in very bad taste to call yourself a mini-celebrity and require payment for your opinion on a subject most people would rank as rather esoteric.
Having said that, lots of people lost their jobs yesterday in a country where the current leadership cares little for the middle class and poor but enjoys rewarding the wealthy. I wish the best for Loren and all the others struggling to make ends meet and make a positive contribution to the world by discovering, teaching, raising children or saving a life. Let’s all get our priorities straight and move ahead.