when i get money i'm just going to buy everything from etsy

anonymous asked:

Hi, I don't mean to be rude, but why not try to find a job instead of making people pay just because they want to know things about spanish or need help with grammar? It seems a bit out of place, in my opinion. Tumblr is a public platform and now that you've made a following by helping people you want them to pay you?

Listen. First, you are being rude and you know you’re being rude otherwise you wouldn’t be on anon. You’re afraid I’m going to call you out or someone’s going to disagree.

Second, I’m not “making” anyone pay anything. Did I come to your house and hold a gun to your head and say “pay me”? Nope, I sure didn’t. I gave people an option to help support me if they want to.

Third, I’m a content creator. Forgive me if I decide, “Hey, you know what, my time and efforts helping people are valuable. Maybe someone would like to support me so I can keep doing this for free.” You telling me what I should or shouldn’t do with my hard work is what’s out of place.

Let’s just be real clear here. I am under no obligation to give you free help with Spanish. Never have been, never will be. And for you to imply that I’m being predatory because I ask people to support me with money if they want to, is rude.

Because let’s look at what is I do and why people are here:

Spanish books cost money, and internet stuff tends to be unreliable or doesn’t answer everything, and you don’t often get a real person to help you because real people cost money. 

So I provide a service that one normally gets for money, except I do it because I want to. But at the end of the day, my content and what I create or explain, is mine. And you don’t have the right to tell me that I shouldn’t charge for it - on a separate website no less - because I’m struggling financially. 

If I were giving help as a teacher or tutor on a salary, it wouldn’t be rude for me to ask for money. That’s business.

I do the work of a Spanish teacher and tutor here - for free. Normally one exchanges money for goods and services. It’s no more predatory to ask that people give money IF THEY WANT TO, then it is for a bookstore to charge you money for buying a book. 

“Well, gosh, I sure would like to know the things inside this book, but they want me to pay for it? How rude of them to make their content private!” said literally no one ever.

Do you think it’s rude for people with youtube channels (free content on a public platform) to advertise that their followers can buy the book they’ve written? Or support them on their various other accounts? 

Is it rude for a podcast that reaches thousands of people to tell people how they can support the show or are they just using their followers to get money?

Do you find it rude for an artist to have a Patreon and to crowdfund? Do you find it rude when people link to their Etsy accounts? 

Do you find it rude when people ask for money for Go Fund Me or Paypal, or for artists to ask for emergency commissions? 

Do you find it rude when other websites set up ads for books or things on free resources?

It’s called business. And because I own my own brand, I get to do what I want with my stuff and if people are able to support me, so much the better.

Because SpanishDict and a lot of other places that offer Spanish resources charge money to get to the good stuff with subscriptions, and I don’t see you writing them saying how rude that is that people who want to learn something might have to pay for it.

How dare I use the following I have amassed through years of free work to say, “Hey, here’s a thing where you can maybe give money if you want so I can continue doing this for free.” What a monster I am.

Furthermore, I opened the Patreon because Tumblr isn’t a place where you charge people money, but let’s not forget that there are sponsored posts up here on Tumblr too so that they can reach people. This is how marketing works. I don’t particularly like it either, but this is the system and I do need to live in order to create content.

Btw, if I “try to find a job” - which makes it sound like I don’t work at all or that I’m not currently looking - and the job takes up more of my free time, then what do you think happens to this blog with the magic free Spanish?

It would go away because I’d have to spend more time doing that job and earning a living. This whole account came from my free time. If I don’t have free time, there goes the blog.

Right now I get the impression that if I became homeless you’d be more upset you don’t have access to new content, rather than me being homeless. That makes me feel REAL motivated to continue to put out free content for people like you, so thanks ever so.

I’m doing what I can not to have to go on an indefinite hiatus. I didn’t force anyone to give money. I’m not doing it now. I’m not “making” anyone pay me.

Not to be rude, but, yeah, I would like people to pay me because I do help people, so that I can keep doing it. I’m not going to force them to do it, but i will absolutely ask, and if it gets rid of people who only want content and don’t care about the creators, then that’s a bonus.

If you have a problem with me using my special skills to ask people to consider donating money, then you’re welcome to direct all further questions about Spanish to Google Translate instead.

That being said…

If anyone would like to support me over on Patreon - and you absolutely don’t have to if you don’t want to - come join me because I create content for people who are interested in the Spanish language every single day!

anonymous asked:

Hey I love your blog and I'm a new witch so i don't have a lot of things to use around my home and my mom doesn't really know or approve of witchcraft so i'm just wondering if you know normal things around homes i can use? Like for herbs and stuff like that? Thank you!!

Hello and thanks so much for visiting my blog! 

You’re in luck; a lot of everyday items can be incorporated into our practice and you’ve come to the right person. I am a very cheap witch and don’t buy a whole lot unless it is absolutely necessary for my work. :)

                  SO, TIPS FOR THE FRUGAL WITCH: 

  • Kitchen knives or letter openers can be used as ceremonial blades!
  • Wine glasses can be used as chalices and ceremonial goblets.
  • Altars don’t need to be huge and elaborate; decorate an old shoe box up and keep your tools of the craft shielded from negativity in there!
  • Any type of candle can work for a candle spell, you don’t need to buy huge expensive ones! Dollar stores will become your best friend.
  • Incense can be expensive, especially buying the herbs to make your own cones; you can get stick ones for cheaper in all various scents and cheap wooden holders to hold ‘em in.
  • Not all wands are the beautifully crafted ones we see on Etsy, you can go out into your own backyard and pick up a stick that just catches your interest. Carve sigils in it or decorate it with what you like and ta-da! 
  • Rocks and gemstones are important (to me, anyways) but, if you don’t have specifics on you, you can pick up any old stone and infuse energy and intention into it. Heck, you can even pull up photos of the rocks on your phone/tablet/computer and leave it up while you do your work. This works for herbs, and invoking god(s) and goddess(es) as well. :)
  • Into working with bones? Don’t worry about scavenging the side of the road or paying a buttload in shipping fees for a tiny package, just wait until the next time someone cooks meat and respect the animal enough to use all of it, the bones included. Clean, sterilize and keep safe.
  • Into green witchery and can’t have a full garden? Go out and get starter pots and plant your own seeds of the herbs and flowers you like for a little windowsill garden. 
  • When it comes to herbs/products that can be useful, they are ALL over the place! Everything from your table salt to a spice you’ve never even heard of before all have correspondences. The trick here is just to look through what you already have in your home and then google something like “Magickal correspondence of <item here>” Everything you need to know will pop up for you! This site may help ya out too. :) 
  • The best thing about being a frugal witch is realizing that money doesn’t make for a better or more respected practitioner. When we can draw from our surroundings and what little there may be to use, that’s when we can see just how powerful, flexible and capable we really are. So, look into DIY projects, have fun and don’t let anyone tell you that you need something to be successful. It’s all in what you feel works best for you.

I hope this could help you out!

**I feel I need to post this very important disclaimer too: If you are under the age of 18, please be careful in your studies and who you seek help from. To be honest, some countries have incredibly strict laws against teaching minors wicca/paganism and other forms of the craft without parental consent. So, PLEASE, if anyone is a minor and reading this who hides the craft from their parent(s)/guardian(s), try to find a way to be open and incorporate it into your life so they see there is no harm. You don’t want yourself, or anyone else to get into trouble just for you seeking knowledge. As stupid as silly as it is, it’s true. Be careful, be smart and be honest, always. I will only ever give advice to those who seek it from me but, I can never encourage more secrets. Lots of love and blessed be. x