The Value of Art: The Paywall Brand

I’m kinda surprised this is an actual thing. Like Kleenex or Google, Paywall is both a blanket term and product for people to use when monetizing their site. They set up an account, they grab a code to put into their website and BAM! Now visitors encounter a gate: dividing the free and a fee.

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I always joke that with i-Anything, gadgets synonymous with Apple require a fee just to Right-Click. Paywalls can get similarly annoying.

I’ve seen my fair share of websites where the minute I started to scroll, a prompt blinked into my view, like:

 

“Wait a minute! You’ll have to pay for that.”

The Losers

Much like with Newsletters, paywalls seem to be going extinct with the publishing industry. Newspapers continue to have the short end of the stick. Magazines seem to have strategies in constant-shuffle mode. Maybe it’s just me?

 

The Winners

Film-savvy folk I’ve found, have the most luck with this! Take Youtubers for example. Some artists I’ve found use a paywall-like method: a hybrid between samples and a paid-for product. While a creator posts free videos on their YouTube channel, they’ll upload full versions on their websites. Of course they might require further action on the viewer’s part from there (e.g., paying for membership access to full videos, tutorials, training and physical products to buy).

I am biased though. I’m looking at all this from a consumer standpoint. Paywalls can be a good business strategy when you add balance and flexibility in the mix. I don’t like paywalls as a widget, app or tool in-and-of itself. It just seems to unnecessarily restricting to both parties involved. BUT! Taking bits of a paywall method I think is worth taking note of when monetizing something YOU create.

 

See my thoughts about applying paywalls on my website!
Work in publishing and/or use paywalls first hand? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to leave a comment below.


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Detailed Photo Study

YAY! My first post of the new year! Hope 2017 has been good for you all so far! Here’s a peek at my latest endeavor: art composition practice and photo studies. This was a good exercise on controlling my edges and keeping the focus of the shot clear. Not too shabby for my first try. Maybe I shouldn’t sweat details so much next time though….

 

Jerusalem, Israel | Source Photo on Pinterest

Jerusalem Photo Study


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What Hobbies Are Really Made Of

Dreamer's Mindset


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Shakespeare In Love: A Sketch Analysis

Finally getting back into some perspective study! It’s been a minute. (^o^)/

"Shakespeare In Love" Sketch Analysis
“Shakespeare In Love” Sketch Analysis

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Requirements of Change

With the Electoral College vote looming (less than a week away), I’m deviating a bit from my art-centric blogging for a moment. Some of you may know of a petition that’s been going around calling for the EC to reconsider their choice for the US presidency. While I was going to respond normally to a friend of mine on her feelings about the EC petition, I decided to write an article instead to spread our conversation to a wider audience. Food for thought to get people talking. Here we go…

Generosity

*AN: I am a woman of color, my bias is not lost on me lol. Things happening in my country and actions people are taking, I insist on being sensitive to, because it’s quite honestly life-or-death for me: To act or not to act. Anywhoo, we’ll press on!

The Thing About Petitions

True. Change doesn’t happen over night. But it’s not something to wait around for either. Granted, Letters and signatures alone are not enough. It will take all of us to pull together and organize peacefully. It will also take phones to ring more than once a day. Trump didn’t happen over night either: racism, greed and bigotry had been waiting and paving the way for someone like him for a really long time in this country. This country has also not been a democracy since the day it was taken from the Native Americans.

Play House or Play Politics

The electoral college exists because founders thought citizens (who were mostly white anyhow) too dumb to elect their own leaders (a non-tyranical one). EC votes for our leaders instead. So they’ve been giving us a “Good Job Participation sticker” called the election ever since (a ‘lil bitter. Note my bias up TOP ^^). It is the responsibility of us citizens to hold powers that be accountable for screwing us over and to slowly change this country into a democracy it should’ve been in the first place. (Link below about EC’s Winner-Take-All setup)

Respect & Responsibility

We ourselves must be positively surprising. We must pave the way for our own freedoms and/or peaceful livelihood by our own SMALL actions. If this country called the United States is slowly boiling us citizens, and it is, then we need to slowly adjust our own temperature so that we don’t die. 

This starts with our attitude and how we treat EACH DIFFERENT OTHER. This country runs and money flows by the division, that parts of the government causes (or allows/ignores): divisions among the races, a stupid-a** party system 😅 and systemic corruption (to name too few).

Working Within Means

I cannot drive somewhere to park and march -I’ve no car. But I have a voice, I’ve access to technology, I’m educated and I am resourceful. This petition here is not a be-all-end all, it is a STEP. It is not an instant fix, but it is a STEP! The desired result might be futile but something WILL come of this. Already is. Dr.King marched for Civil Rights and JOBS. If he decided to cancel and stay home at the prospect of failure, my white friends, you and I would have never met or probably even be friends. 

This is a time to do whatever we can to take what we can upon ourselves to make a difference, however small that difference is…

Are we the change that needs to be?

Are we the change that we want to see?

These questions are answered by how we go about our daily lives.

Moving Forward Takes Movement

There’s supposedly gonna be a women’s march after Trump’s inauguration. Sure! Sleezy and dangerous men aren’t just gonna suddenly disappear and all sexual/domestic issues cease, but guess what—those girls and women are still gonna march for the rights to their own bodies and for the respect they deserve. This isn’t just a matter of simple optimism or positivity; this is a matter of patience, necessity and survival. 

To Sacrifice One’s Comforts

The man who started this EC petition, QUIT HIS FULL-TIME JOB, to dedicate himself to this petition full-time. But guess what? He’s connected with support groups since taking this initiative, he’s gathered information and gained much insight, I’ve no doubt, about himself and has empowered people, despite being empowered himself. Even if the EC isn’t swayed by this man’s efforts, I doubt he’s gonna just plain…QUIT everything.

The Value of Defeat

I wrote an article on my website last week about facing failure and rejection, and I said this:

“Change your attitude. Remember, experience is a valuable investment, no matter how many plans fail. With each failure, you build your worth.”

So, what world change do you want to see? What change do you want to see in yourself? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Links to get in the know:

Why the Electoral College Exists

What the Civil Rights Movement Was/Is About

What MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Speech was about

How YOU Can Participate in the Electoral College petition


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~ PennyDoth

The Shameless 365!

Hey everyone! So a dear friend of mine and fellow artist, got me privy to a YouTuber who goes by the name Shameless Maya, and told me to check out one of her interviews. In this video, Maya and her friend talked about the importance of self-promotion, and how they became successful. They promoted their works or activities everyday for a YEAR! Doing so not only boosted their confidence, they also learned their self-worth and invested their time productively, because they were doing something they loved. They also built a huge network. Since they challenged viewers to do the same, I decided to give it a shot!

Here’s to my #beshameless Kickoff Week!

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The #beshameless Kickoff

Wanna participate? Get started today by using the above hashtag, use Twitter or Instagram or any SM of your choice and post something you’re proud of today. It could be anything you’re working on: a website, a band you’re forming, your art, an Etsy store with your latest crafts on sale, or just something positive you did that got someone’s positive attention—an award even!

Feel free to connect with me on any of my social media to keep in touch with the #beshameless community. This is a means and platform for YOU to build success, a foundation and just feel good about yourself.

If you’d like to follow my friend, you can find her (and her art) via the info below!

trenitafinney.net

TW: @trenitafinney

Website: http://society6.com/trenitafinney


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Please pardon me if I am not too accurate with the subjects I post about. I do try my best to stay current and not generalize. Constructive criticism and “Grammar Nazis” are welcome (especially about my artwork ^_^), but no flames …[pretty] PLEASE? If you have anything to add, correct or would like to share any cool topics you’d like me to draw for, feel free to click on the links towards the bottom of each page, or drop me a message here!

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NO! Is Not THE END

Some motivation on a cold winter’s night! (^^)

 

How to Save A Cat


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Please pardon me if I am not too accurate with the subjects I post about. I do try my best to stay current and not generalize. Constructive criticism and “Grammar Nazis” are welcome (especially about my artwork ^_^), but no flames …[pretty] PLEASE? If you have anything to add, correct or would like to share any cool topics you’d like me to draw for, feel free to click on the links towards the bottom of each page, or drop me a message here!

Thank you!

~ PennyDoth

Hope Takes Action

It’s been a while, huh? Allow me to make up for lost time! (><) I know I keep saying I’ll be coming back with more, but it’s been a crazy season. Stay tuned?

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~ PennyDoth

 

Even Death Has Her Day

Reposting an old favorite from last year! A happy , safe holiday and good time for all those celebrating! Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

Pen Doth Persist


[OLD POST]

Make that several days. This past week marked the end of the annual, 3-day-long Mexican celebration of the deceased and ancestors long passed: The Day of the Dead.

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Lady of the Dead “The Book of Life”

I remember first learning about this holiday during high-school from one of my Spanish teachers. I was hooked ever since!

Mesoamerican Tradition Meets Catholicism 

I say my teachers taught me, but honestly I’ve forgotten all the history associated with Dia de los Muertos (along with OTHER holidays lol). Let me see…I forgot about the difference between Aztecan cultures versus Incan heritage. Biggie number ONE. I’ll make further distinction just to clarify for those who often confuse one for the other as much as I have: the Aztecs were of Mexico, the Incas were of Pre-Columbian Peru and the Maya heritage came from Guatemala. The ancient trifecta of Southern-American empires, if you will. But…

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