Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Passion for Teaching

What makes a person create content to share to the world? What energizes a person to share the stories of their life, their views and belief systems? Is it profit? Ego? I mean think about it. It takes a lot of time and effort for someone tho to edit photos, write up a post, set up a video, do a podcast, anything like that on a consistent basis. Why would anyone in their right mind put themselves through all of this and subject themselves to the trolls and spammers? I am going to tell you and I am going to fill you in on some secrets.

Why we do this.

A person doesn't spend this much time and effort on something unless they are passionate about the subject. For every video, blog post, or podcast there is normally hours of research. Think about that. A 10 minute video may entail a minimum of 45 minutes of reseach, sometimes as much as 2 hours. It has to be a passion. If it isn't, you the reader, listener, or viewer will know it and you won't pay attention.
A content creator has to want to teach and share what they are doing in order to stay motivated. It has to be something deep inside of them.

It's not for the money.

There are a few (a very small precentage), that make a living writing, on YouTube, or podcasting. Most do it simply for the joy. Most people who are content creators make the bulk of their living from other activities. Some write books, some are virtual assistants, some sell training courses, but most have a regular full time job to go along with what they are shareing.
I am going to let you in on a little secret, and I will be honest I am a little nervous about it. If my income from the blog stays at the current rate I will make a whopping $41 this year. That's right I said $41 total. From the YouTube channel I will make about $151 this year and that is up from last year.
Why did I tell you that? To let you know that in the niche of Homesteading and Preparedness content creators, they are doing it because they want to spread a message and to help others. It is as simple as that. They can supplement their income by helping you find products that you will use or by directing you to learning opportunities, but in general any money earned is a trickle.

When a creator wants to do more.

As I stated above, if a content creator wants to expand their teaching and possibly make more money in the process they have to move into other areas. Books and courses tend to be the primary methods for creators to increase their income. Increased income means they aren't as reliant on a traditional job, which means they can produce more and better content.
I myself have come to this place. I may be slower than most, but that is okay. I have set my sights on producing PDFs on wild edible and herbal plants. This will enable anyone who is interested to create their own foraging notebook. That is just step 1. Step 2 would be an eBook and step 3 is a printed workbook. In order to make this happen, I need some help. We have a Kickstarter running. The Kickstarter ends July 4, 2017. You can watch the informational video below.


We are over halfway to our first goal. If you can help us out with a contribution, thank you so much. If you can't help with contribution but are willing to help by sharing the campaign to help us get the word out, thank you as well. I believe in this project and would love to have your help.
Thank you,
Bringing Rural Back