My time is worth (no) money
As it so often happens, some of my friends got in an argument on Facebook. Usually, it involves something unimportant, but today it was about whether our generation and people our age, or around our age, were lazy, unproductive and egotistical. This just so happened to coincide with a discussion I had with other friends about collaborating on a Hannibal themed zine. The whole thing got my blood boiling for various reasons.
I do not think that people as a whole are lazy or unproductive, and certainly not everyone who do things do them for purely egotistical reasons. What I think the problem is that people simply do things in private, you know, as hobbies. Or, they do things as volunteer work. The thing is people do stuff all the time, they just don’t report on them constantly because there is no need. Sure, now with social media people do advertise what they did (I certainly do whenever I accomplish something or I have an opinion I want to share and nobody is around), but I don’t believe that everyone who does so is doing it out of purely egotistical reasons, and to say so is being overly cynical. People want to report on what they do because they are proud of what they have accomplished or produced. That’s why I do it, and I’m fairly sure most of my friends and acquaintances do it too. We want to share it with you because we are proud of what we have done and think you would like it.
All of this made me circle back to exchanges that have occurred over the past few months. I volunteered to help plan a festival and when I talked about with some friends the first question I got asked was, “Are you getting paid?” and “Why do it?” That, I think, is why people are seen as lazy and unproductive. People, not everyone, think that their time is worth something. They’ve been told this by society, that if you are doing something, you sure as shit better be getting paid for it. The thing is, it really isn’t worth anything, at least monetarily. What you do and what you produce are only worth what you think it is worth. If you paint something and want to charge $5 for it, go ahead. That is your choice. If a group of people want to make a zine and hand it out to friends, awesome. You should do what you want to do, be proud of it, and not expect anything in return. If you can somehow turn that into a money making endeavor, cool, but that should not be the end goal. I sometimes write goofy stories and share them with friends, but I have no dreams of making money off of it. I just do it to make something that I enjoy and, I hope, my friends enjoy too. THAT should be your ultimate goal.
TL;DR Don’t be a cynical ass and you’re not getting rich from your hobby.
Clearing up Some Misconceptions About Wonder Woman
One of my favorite guest posters, Tim Hanley, has taken his love of comics to a new level. This week his book about Wonder Woman becomes available. I’ve read a copy and if you like Wonder Woman or woman in comics, you need to read this book. Buy it here. To celebrate the release, Tim is guest posting again and this time he takes on some misconceptions about Wonder Woman and her world.
Tim’s thoughts follow.
This man really knows his Wonder Woman. Also, this book is on my list of “To Reads” for the summer.