• readers speak: ezines.

    06.02.2008 / Miscellaneous

    Ok. So I’ve been rolling around this issue in my over-packed brain for a week now, and I’ve just got to get it out before it erupts and overpowers my frontal lobe. Because I’m not sure what the frontal lobe does, but I think it’s probably essential in my spinning class.

    I’ve heard from a number of you who are encouraging me to start charging a small fee for Inspiration. And I’m not going to. And it’s not that I don’t love you all for being so sweet and encouraging me to look at my hobby as a commodity, but I can’t. It doesn’t feel organic, and to be totally honest? I’m not ready.

    Part of why I resigned from my full time position was to focus more on the eZine and turn it into a REAL! LIVE! PDF magazine. A good one, with lots of content and a variety of features, which is what I love about blogging so much. Think of it as Design for Mankind After Hours or something, I don’t know. But it’s what I want, and it’s what I’m going to make.

    The new eZine will come chock full of more inspiration, and may even entail a new name. I don’t know yet, but what I do know is that I just can’t charge for it. My mission for this blog was to make design more accessible and to inspire— for FREE. I can’t fathom the idea of abandoning this thought process so soon, and although the idea of getting a few bucks for the 8,000 of you that downloaded the last issue is pretty yummy-sounding, it’s not right. Not yet. Maybe not ever. But not now.

    What I will do is offer a sponsorship for those of you who would like to contribute to the eZine. If you’re a small business and/or freelancer, of if you’re a big business and feel like being philanthropic for the day, email me here for a rate card. I’d like to keep the costs low and still have a few issues to hash out, but for now, we’ll start with this.

    I can’t thank you enough for your well wishes, and for those of you who mentioned that I should charge— I don’t mean to publicly reprimand you. You were only looking out for me, and for that— I’d give you each a double scoop of Phish Phood ice cream.

    Love to you all.

    • karina

      I have mixed feelings about it, I FEEL YOU ARE RIGHT, but I also feel that you are working so hard so it would be ok to pay you, I think is something you ll have to think.

    • design for mankind.

      Thanks, dear Karina! :)

    • thelaundryisneverfinished

      You really are too awesome for words; your time is so precious…and to have all of this inspiration for free is amazing!

    • design for mankind.

      Ha, you are so sweet to say that. Thank you!!!

    • Krissy

      mmm. phish food…. and holy crap 8,000 downloads!

      I really think it’s a great idea to keep it free and love your values behind that. The idea of a sponsorship is brilliant :)

      You really are amazing.

    • design for mankind.

      THANK YOU KRISSY!!!!

    • A Print A Day

      i admire you for going the free route. it’s mighty awesome of you.

      though if you did come up with hardcopied books for sale, i’d buy it as well :)

      i do hope your plans come into fruition girl!

    • design for mankind.

      Thanks, Yas! And I’d love to do hardcopied books for sale! Soooo expensive. :(

    • Barbara

      I hope sponsorship goes well for you. Hopefully with as many people downloading you’ll get a few takers.

    • karina

      I just me or mails are cra!
      I can not reach your mail for fees!!!!

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