201 Process Post #2

What about the money? The people?

I think that you need to have an intimate knowledge of what you’re actually doing before you can start considering making money doing it. I don’t mean to say that you should be an expert on woodworking before you start selling birdhouses, more so, I think you need to have a comprehensive idea of what YOU want to be doing.

Maybe it’s the artist in me, but I think having a natural fascination with what you do is so important. I can smell the difference between a business that means to profit, and a business trying to get by on the love of a profession. 10/10 times I support the business made from passion, even though, sometimes I can tell that the recipe is lopsided.

What I mean when I say this, is that the thing being produced from the love (while a beautiful product of happiness and light) is sort of blind to its own purpose. Luckily, there’s a lot of people in the world now, and chances are you can find a community willing to trade you money for your product.

I, however, have never been a fan of leaving things up to luck, and despite being literally controlled by my creativity, I’ve never had the stomach to chase a profit, judge me how you will. I’m afraid of what the money would do to my relationship with my art, and I value that relationship too much to risk it. I’m a fearful little thing.

So instead, I use my never ending supply of energy to generate ideas like this zero waste food blog. And while I get moments to be creative, ultimately, I like the idea of running a blog that serves a purpose in the utility sense of the word. I would love for my reader to like my writing, but more importantly, I want them to need the information I provide, in the way I wish I had found a more concentrated dose of the information I’m providing. And I mean, if someone like me needed to find the information, I can only assume there will be others.

And because I’m a part of the growing zero waste community, I will have the opportunity to gather a tribe there. My best bet will be focusing on readers local to the city. I think there’s enough room for all us zero waste bloggers on the internet… You should just stick to your city, and I’ll stick to mine.

Good talk.

In the mean time, I need to gather all my recipes. I have this terrible habit of writing them on whatever paper I can find while I cook. I think I wrote banana bread on the back of a flyer…

All the best,
The Dirt Mouth

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