Back in 2009, I made a Facebook fan page the same day I heard the news of a famous celebrity passing away.
I was shocked by their sudden death and along with spending the day listening to some old hits, I created a Facebook fan page which back then had accumulated around 70k likes although I didn’t really do much, aside from post a few YouTube videos. If you want to see the page, you can check it out here.
At a certain point when the page likes started to get higher, I started getting messages about selling the page and a couple of people told me I should probably monetize it, but I felt, “meh” about the whole thing. You may think “duh” why would you try to profit off such a thing, but trust me people are doing it. They will quickly grow a following from a sensationalized tragedy and make thousands of dollars.
It just didn’t feel right.
Not every opportunity that arises is the right opportunity to profit from.
Some things are less obvious decisions and are not ethical dilemmas like my previous example.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about why I’ve only posted one locked article for the Medium Partner Program since my announcement that I would be participating a couple months ago. Here’s the single post I locked, don’t worry I’ve unlocked it now, so I hope you enjoy if you choose to read it.
I don’t think there’s any right or wrong answer for participating or not participating in the program and if anything it’s probably “right” considering all these changes I keep hearing about Medium. So trust me, I’m not knocking anyone’s hustle, keep locking away… I just feel like I want to share my journey without locking it up, even if it is only a $5 paywall.