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.
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