You Don’t Care

I think I finally figured out what’s been nagging me for these past couple years. Trust me, the truth hurts but it needs to be said.

“You Don’t Care.”

There, I said it. Now for the evidence:

Fact 1: You Don’t Take Action

Fact 2: You Want Everything for Free

Fact 3: You “Pirate” Your Own Copy

Fact 4: You Don’t Leave Comments

Fact 5: You Don’t Share

Fact 6: You Hoard Mountains of Junk

Fact 7: You’re Not Thankful

Fact 8: You Don’t Support Your Artist/Rockstar/Guru

That is alot of evidence stacked against you, what’s your response?

I can explain to you why there are “starving artists”, why many bands break up from lack of funds, and why the individual is kicked to the curb. You are selfish. You just want the information without even a nod of thanks to the people who spent years of their own blood, sweat, and tears to provide this information to you. A simple “thank you” would suffice, but you don’t even have the guts to say it. If something is good and you like it, SUPPORT THE ARTIST! Buy the music album! Buy that painting! Tell the content creator “Thank You” by sending them some money! Lip service only goes so far, actions speak louder than words (1 John 3:18).

Why in the world do you think the internet marketers of today tease you with some “free information”, then want you to buy the rest of it?  Because they know deep down that you will not do anything with the information. Because they know that you want everything for free. Because they know that you don’t care. Not only the internet marketers, but just about every other business. They give you free stuff in the hopes you actually buy something, but the actual conversion ratio is pretty sad. For once, I’d like to see a company actually charge for the information that would normally be given away for free and see what happens.

The only real reason why we dance around and look like complete idiots sometimes is because we want you to notice us. We want you to care. We want you to like us. We want you to support us.

Now, before you get your pants in a bunch and start yelling at me, let me just mention a couple things. I follow what I preach. I buy music from artists I like. I buy books from authors I love. I support those who create stuff I like as a “Thank You” gesture and encouragement to keep up their work. If you want to dig through my 13k+ tweets worth of information I’ve shared, go right ahead. If anything, I may be giving away the HOUSE with the amount of information I’ve shared with friends and family.

I’ve always maintained the thought that if something is of high value, of a good price, and the artist put alot into their creation, I will happily support them in whatever way I can. If that means monetary support, I am happy to give it. I make sure of it.

I don’t know much about you, the reader, but your actions speak louder than your words. What are you going to do about it? Are you just going to read this post and then walk away or will you actually take some time out and remember to “support” your artist? I’m not saying this just for my benefit, but also for the benefit of artists and content creators across the world.

I quite frankly don’t care what you do, JUST DO SOMETHING!

Leave a comment at the very least (I can guarantee 6 out of every 10 readers to this post will just blow it off though, which proves they’re not listening to anything I just wrote), but STOP taking a passive stance. Make a vow to yourself to be proactive and support your artist, whatever it takes.

My Mom always says, “It seems like I’m talking to a brick wall at times.” Are you a brick wall reading this or a human being?

-Taylor Marek
Your ever faithful New Media Visionary

Is The Thank You Economy A Myth? A Letter to @garyvee

I’ve been mulling over this question for a while in my head. It all started when I sent Gary Vaynerchuk this tweet:

It prompted this response from him later in the day:

This is the reply I sent back to him and am awaiting a response:

I am genuinely interested in getting to the bottom of this question. Is the Thank You Economy broke? Is it a myth? Gary, if you are reading this I would love for you to leave a comment so that we can start a discussion or creating a video with your answer that I can link to.

The reason I am asking this question is because I’ve been running my online empire for over four years now, but all I’ve had along the way is small breaks. Sure I’m making new friends and connecting with some pretty awesome people, but if I am trying to turn this into a profitable online company, it is making me squat. I need something more concrete, something more than just sharing *more* content from even more sources and making friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the connections I’m making online (I’d be completely alone without them), but even they are starting to question the long time benefits and profitability of my journey.

Will this venture actually be able to go full circle and start moving the arrow or just spin my wheels and not move at all? I can wait a lifetime to start reaping the rest of the benefits, but by then I may have moved on to something else. Gamblers know when a game goes south and call it quits, which is basically the same for an entrepreneur. The same idea applies here, but I may be the crazy captain who goes down with the ship.

I’d love to get a discussion going on this, so leave a comment below with your opinion. Is the Thank You Economy a myth?

Taking A Page Out Of Life’s Book

After taking a brief hiatus from my blog, podcast, twitter, facebook, and everything else online, I’ve come to several conclusions.

First one is I need to schedule and take a break more often from my online world. At least a week or two each year so that I can refocus everything and solidify my thoughts. It truly helps to take a break sometimes. Humans aren’t machines, as much as we’d like to think that. We created machines to do the work for us, so let them do the work right?

Second thought. I need to be more willing to let a vision die. This year has been the craziest year yet. The beginning of the year was bumpy, but this past month is where everything I did online came to a head. I had to take a hard look at the things I did online and be willing to let it all go. It was hard, but I am more pliable now if my online world needs to be killed. The only thing that would hurt me the most would be not talking with everyone I connected with online and losing my outlet to push valuable information to you guys. It wouldn’t kill me, but I would be severely crushed. God helped open my eyes to this reality and that I need to be able to let everything I do online die if He wants it to. He has my best interests at heart, so I don’t need to worry much about it. Comforted by that fact, I reaffirmed that He owns everything I have and do and that I’m just the steward managing His household or a shepherd watching over His sheep.

The third and final thought I have actually comes from Seth Godin’s Blog. I should really try to shoot for a daily blog post and leave it at a couple paragraphs. Seth is a genius in how he does this and I need to look into what he does further. Many of his books are compilations and thoughts generated from his blog posts and those that link to him. If an idea is viable, it should be able to be conveyed in a couple short paragraphs. If it is profitable, others with latch onto the idea you presented and start interacting. If it isn’t, you’ll know soon enough. 😉

That being said, now you know what I’ll be doing in the following months with this blog, podcast, and the rest of my internet properties. This is me, about as raw and real as you can get. 🙂

How about you? What pages have you taken out of life’s book when the hard times came?