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?
Your ever faithful New Media Visionary