Kevin Kelly has done it again. In his post about 1,000 true fans he details how a designer, artist or any independent creative can make a living as long as they have 1,000 true fans. If you would like to make a living in a long tail world where anyone can make anything and anyone can design anything then please read this post. If you want to use tools such as 3D printing to make a living, then please read this post. If you are a designer, artist or creative on Shapeways, and would like to make a living on our platform, then please read this post. Or if you just want to start a business at one point, then please read this post. I don't know how he does it but Kevin Kelly has through the morass identified and described quite possibly the most important element of becoming successful while using todays democratizing technologies. It is also a quite clear path forward for anyone wanting to turn a hobby and/or a dream into a living.
"I am suggesting there is a home for creatives in between poverty and
stardom. Somewhere lower than stratospheric bestsellerdom, but higher
than the obscurity of the long tail. I don't know the actual true
number, but I think a dedicated artist could cultivate 1,000 True Fans,
and by their direct support using new technology, make an honest living."
I suggest you read Jaron Laniers new book- "WE ARE NOT GADGETS" He like I, refutes many of kevin Kellys ideas and asks "wheres the beef?"
The 1000 fans article is one of Kelly's most un-researched religious blogs.
I may add the Starbase C3 ships to your site, although Ive been offering the same with a partner for over 4 years and even with the SL mania for avatars, We know what actually SOLD in terms of 3d models.
The idea is good, but please be honest about the actual money made by your "clients". Kelly isn't, and has been called out on it many times.
How many make a "living" from your web2.0 "platform" and what do you consider a living?
Consider this reality checking in;) Kevin Kelly posts fantasy.