Poems are strings of wordswith hidden meanings.Gently whisper the soundsof handwritten thoughtsand they come to lifeupon your very breath.Be careful of the messages you speak,they will echo for generations to come,and they may just come true… Poetry inspired by the environment expresses overflowing feelings in […]
Sustainable Steps – Earthen yourself We left the earth as last, but not least one of the basic elements: after all, while you are pondering at the sky, over a glass of water and by the fire, you are resting your feet, bottom, back or […]
Sustainable Steps – Burn like your fire
Fire is what keeps one warm and dry, under the wide-open sky or behind shut doors. It cooks, it brews, it melts down, it thaws out, it dehydrates.
It also makes light in form of a single flame or a popping, sparking, dancing collective of arms that hug their food, the wood, peat or dung, but also surrounds you and your company into a friendly, loving connectedness across space and time.
Discover the fire in your child’s eyes and in your lover’s, that is equally docile, sparking, warm or burning hot, sometimes out of control for a moment, but a fire that always needs tending and not forgetting.
Feed your fire like you would feed yourself and those that matter a lot to you: with love and appreciation. Above the flames your food shall be cooked the same, with affection channeled from your heart (another hearth) through the utensil into the sauce-pan. So, don’t allow non-compatible synthetics, electronics and techno(il)logical waves to create an interference with this life-affirming fiery love.
Never allow any sort of plastic to start or keep your fire. Never!
Protest against, wherever you encounter such a disgrace. And protest quietly against any fire that has a man at the end of a pipeline telling you when, how much and with what conditions you can use its unsafe and unlovable fodder.
And don’t you fall for the virtual fire of induced heat. You are wiser than that.
In the meanwhile, stay safe and sound around your pit or stove, enjoying its music and smell, that even keeps you from drying out, despite the paradox it may sound as. Of course, we have been praising wood fire all along. The most primordial kind of fire, second or third only behind lightnings and volcanoes.
This is what keeps you and what you ought to keep in return, in perpetuity. That means a perpetual, therefore responsible, supply of wood. Ask the woods, ask the wood when and which one is ready to support you in exchange for caring even of the ashes of one another.
What kind of firekeeper are you?
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If you are a home-based artist, cultural creative, or writer/blogger/poet/photographer… and you have tried all the avenues of Etsy, Facebook and Pinterest, yet nothing has worked for growing your business, don’t despair, there is still one place left to look for your dedicated audience.
The audience who shows up, because they absolutely love what you are doing.
The audience who comments, because they have something meaningful to say.
The audience who pays, because they know that “what you are doing – matters”.
Patreon is the exception to the rule when it comes to connecting Patrons with their beloved Creators. Unlike crowdfunding with a one time push to help someone start/fund a project, Patreon supports honest, hard-working people who are already creating content by establishing a reliable monthly income based on tier levels set by the creator.
How Patreon helps creators connect with their audience:
Patronage for the arts goes way back, all the way to Mozart and Michelangelo. Long before the internet came about, there was a way for creators to make money – and many artists found their work being shared by a select few, rather than by a random-mildly-interested-few-thousands of people.
When a smaller, loyal group of dedicated followers lands on your Patreon page, they will need to see that you are also dedicated to the project. You need to show up and be producing interesting content on a regular basis.
Everything you need to get started on Patreon is right here. You can learn how to perfect your page, find out what to do for the best launch possible and learn some tips and tricks of growing your business.
It takes heaps of creativity to get started, but once you do, you’ll be able to focus on your message and provide exactly what you are ready and willing to give. Finding your crowd may take some time, but if your project is compelling those Patrons will come!
Final words of advice for using Patreon to connect with your audience:
Listen to Amanda Palmer, author of the book and Ted talk – The Art of Asking – and begin to ask what you want, and what you need, for yourself.
Imagine what you can give to others in return for their generous support, ask them what they want!
Let people know that likes, shares and retweets are nice, but at the end of the day they do not support the work and life of the creator(s). Keep Facebook in mind: even though a page may have more than a thousand followers who often comment and like images (with text), it means nothing when only a hundred people see the call for action, and the rest keep scrolling by…
Technology is changing and we need to change with it. If we like something, we should be willing to pay for it – not everything is for free.
If you want to support an individual, or an entire family, just because you can, do it!
And if you would like to support our simple, sustainable journey of ecological living and homesteading in rural Romania, now is your chance.
For the price of one monthly coffee ($3) you can help us grow into this landscape:
And with your support we’ll be able to share our lives as we gather up our hens and our garden seeds – which will allow us to gather eggs and share what we eat from our organic garden.
We’ll hike and converse, draw and create poetry inspired by the landscape around us, there will be videos, audio (so you can hear our intent voices on why it is so important to live slowly, mindfully, simply)…
It is up to you, as much as it up to us. Traditionally, small farmers make enough money to survive; we seek more than enough money to thrive, because a great change is needed to upscale the income of sustainable farming. With modern (in the sense of novel), innovative ideas, and the love for old-world ways, we are more-than-ready to inspire people to live lives closer to nature. And we are excited to share it all with you.
Come – join us!