I don't know how many of you read my journals.. Or how many of you have talked to me personally but typically the first thing out of my mouth is something about ethics. I have a morality code for how I treat people on here. The people who are close to me know it too because they have to abide by it too or I get furious. Cause its on me.. not them.
I am here to have fun but I take myself, my page, my business, and my relationships on here very seriously. I try to never post rants or negative content. Those of you who are on my page a lot know if you post a comment 99% of the time your gonna get a reply. If you have a question I will go out of my way to answer it for you. If you need advice I am here. I have posted journals before about my open policy.
Use my art, my contracts, my documents, my layouts, my species do whatever you need to become successful. I am here to support you. I am here so that you can become a better artist. I am not here for myself. I don't know if you guys realize this but I gain nothing of value if those are my goals. I want to build relationships. I go out of my way every single day not because I have to but because I want to be there for the people who want to learn. Every day when I log on I know everything I write,post, or say could have me criticized. Or better influence someone younger than me. I know every day I log on I am a role model and I love it. More than you all could possibly know.
I work so hard to be fair, considerate, but most of all make sure people are comfortable around me. I say a lot when people compliment my status "I am just a normal fag" it is a joke but I really am just a normal fag. We are all just people.
I have watched hundreds of times in my almost decade on this site as the under appreciated rip into those who have status for the sake of status. Lately though its been about money. Most my watchers can't know this but I take business very seriously. Incredibly serious. So serious if you ask about money, I will (unprompted) sit with you for 8 hours helping you write a commission price list, contracts, and sale procedure. I am all about making friends and happy faces till money comes into the equation and then I become another person.
I will be the first to tell you selling is art is hard. It can be rewarding and other times agonizing. I have found a way that makes it not hurt so bad for myself. I have also purposely made my work open ended so that I don't have to put stringent rules and obnoxious clauses in my paperwork. I do it to save myself pain and hype but it is hard to see your work misused or underused. Its hard not to use those clauses. But I know it is bad business. Once the commissions start its great. 5-10 dollars. But it doesn't add up. You become overwhelmed, feel used. You raise prices. Paranoia ensues. "Is this too much?" Your stomach knots in fear to send a note to a client for a 30$ commision. I still get hiccups when I have to send people totals...I sit for hours wracking my brain about percentages, fairness, my worth, how long it takes.... It isn't a joke...
Today I watched people rip into the value of a product. I often see complaint journals about originality and over pricing. You guys talk a lot about "what is a product" I don't like drama (to be honest I delete them or those people from my list). I am not here to insert some opinion about the conversation other than to simply to point out. Those are your peers you are talking about; and that is all I want to say about it. We are all peers here regardless of your opinions. You could be the worst artist in the world and me and you are peers.
There are plenty of people in the adopts community who have different selling philosophy's than I do but they are my peers. As much as I may agree or disagree with their business they are a business and I take it seriously.I will be the first one to open my mouth to tell you off for toying with someones right to conduct business without scrutiny. They are just people trying to make money, people like you, and me. Not some abstract force of evil hell bent on licking quarters out of your wallet strictly because they are ignorant to the little man. We are all the little man. I am not here to get so incredibly good that no one can produce anything to compete with me. I am here to tell you HOW to get so good you can compete with me.
I really hope that none of you are mad at me cause I am selling stuff.... I am doing it for fun and for others...hell I spend a lot of time coming up with ways to make things more easily available...Gosh darn it I am sorry for font but it had to be said cause this journal has been brewing in the back of my head for 3 months. It always came out super negative but not this time! I just ask you please read and think it over...huff
...and please dont like post omg I hate the drama about -insert name here- I hate that xD like ...seriously...I just got done explaining they are your peers...respect them cause this isn't specific to anyone or to create drama just to make you think~ otl