So, Amanda Palmer wrote a blog post, why i am not afraid to take your money, by amanda fucking palmer, and in this she explains why she feels no shame in asking for money for her webcasts.
I wasn’t aware that she needed to feel shame, but apparently, some “fans” have complained about paying money for her performances. In my opinion, those people are not fans. If you disagree and think that a fan should demand free work from an artist, stop here and bail out now. Otherwise, I’m likely to offend you. And I won’t apologize for doing it either.
I prefer to be bluntly honest in this blog, speaking my mind on a lot of issues. Sometimes after I write a post, I’ll have hubby look it over, and he’ll ask, “Are you really sure you want people to read this?” His main concern is that by being so honest, I might send away readers who would otherwise read my stories. I think that if anything about my posts offends you, odds are good that my characters will too. Either that, or the situations I put them in will.
I don’t agree with the concept of self-censorship for the sake of better sales. But, that doesn’t mean I still don’t practice it all the time. I might not agree with it, but it’s ingrained into me to seek the approval of as many people as I can. I’ve been told about this approval-seeking behavior way back in my teens, and I consciously fight against it. But now I’m also supposed to bite my tongue about some topics in order to foster goodwill among my potential readers.
In my head these conflicting values can create a looping error. I will want to make a statement in public, and along comes the silent editor, who tries to quell or water down the statement for fear of costing me sales.
Today, I’m going to write some things that could offend my readers, and damn the editor. That’s because I’m going to talk about money, and about asking for money and support. and then I’m going to talk about what I expect from my fans.