• 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.

    • Shauna

      sponsorship is brilliant! and i thought of you and one of your reader’s book idea when i read victoria’s post today about BLURB, a self publishing tool:
      http://sfgirlbybay.blogspot.com/

    • design for mankind.

      I love Blurb! I actually wrote a mini-memoir for a family christmas present and used blurb— great service! :) Thanks for the tip, Shauna!

    • Joanna Goddard

      congratulations on your huge success with these, you clearly are inspiring and touching people. good luck with sponsorships, you are just fabulous! ;)

    • dailydesignspot

      hey erin.. its been a little bit but i have been around.. just busy and having fun.. not a bad combo!
      lets start here..
      The frontal lobes are involved in motor function, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior. amazing right! so lets just say both you and your spinning class are lucky!
      secondly..
      i love to see such a passion to make what you do and love available for the masses.. i have long wanted to create equal opportunity with a resturant/cafe (cost + donation) or some sort of creative business venture.. haha. sorry!! boy do i get off track
      erin.. you are amazing at what you do and i really find it inspiring to watch someone grow and succeed like you are
      keep it up and good luck!!
      ps- wayy too long of rambles as usual.. je suis désolé
      pps- i tried to post this late last night but it didnt make it up!

    • design for mankind.

      Awww, THANK YOU! :)

    • nicole

      you’re fantastic! I felt so honored to be a part of your work. if you ever need help with anything, you can call on me. xox

    • design for mankind.

      AH, thank you Nicole! :)

    • Amrita

      I think you should charge a minimal fee. Its a lot of work. I am sure you have plenty on your plate. We artists have to support each other, if you do not charge an arm and a leg, there is no reason for you to feel bad…don’t undervalue your work.

    • design for mankind.

      That’s great advice, Amrita— thank you so so much.

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