Statement: Fair Trade
I’ve been thinking for a long time about what is driving the economy in SL, and I don’t like what I see. I see talented people struggle, almost solely creating stuff for Miserable Mondays, Tatty Tuesdays, Whiny Wednesday, Thrifty Thursdays, Fuckedup Fridays, Squealing Saturdays and Silly Sundays and then they manage to squeeze in some time to keep up with the rat race for the various themed projects, sales events, awareness fairs, agency ego trips and other craziness.
Whereas I think there should always be room in our community to reach out for those in less fortunate situations ( I seriously love how people manage to step up to the plate and create awesome stuff when disaster strikes, like for instance the Haiti earthquake, the Victoria fires and the Pakistan floods) I also think that stuff has gotten way out of hand, and when I listen to the people around me, I think I’m not the only one with that opinion. Creators make hardly any sales at a number of events, to the point of not making tier anymore and closing down. Others still do have sales, but they are so tangled up in things that you find panic plurks about not having met a deadline and being bashed by the organisers of the missed deadline event and in many cases, I have not seen any regular releases in ages, just specials.
Now, I realize that this is not something that will change easily. Frankly, I think many more shops will close over this madness before things normalize, because I simply think the market is over saturated. In the future, content creating will be for the professionals with a good business model, and the true hobbyists who don’t care if they are putting in money instead of cashing out some. I still think that being a succesful content creator in SL is possible, but I seriously doubt it will be the case for the people in the rat race right now unless people are willing to start to think long term again, instead of making a quick buck.
Personally, I have decided to NOT feature any of above mentioned weekly cheapies anymore on my blog. and be REALLY selective on what events I will give coverage. I want to support quality content. Fair Trade. A fair price, for good stuff. And I hope that over time some of the creators that I admire will have the guts to step up and say “Hell no, my stuff is worth more than this!”