I just got an email from a woman – lets call her Denny – who said she was severely disappointed because I had “sold out” by starting the private membership area.
And here is what I wrote back to Denny “that is not selling out – that is the reality that I cannot continue to give out content for free and somehow cover expenses.”
Just today every one of my websites was repeatedly hacked. I have absolutely no clue how to deal with that, and thank goodness our web guy, Justin, totally got the situation under control.
BTW, thanks so much to those of you who wrote in or called to alert me about it.
Turns out the attack was not directed at me or the message of growing food – there was an outbreak of sites that were attacked and it was done by some kind of impersonal web bot that crawled through the web and attacked any security vulnerabilities it found.
There has been some fun jokes about possible Gov’t motives… what a group we are, huh? LOL, But seriously I don’t think there is any conspiracy on this one.
The hacker that created the “attack bot” actually did me a favor – nothing on the sites was damaged – it was a warning and showed of weaknesses in my security. Security I didn’t even know I needed! We’ve always been very uber careful about the checkout processes and customer records, but as I learned, security needs to be much more extensive than that. We are now working with HostGator doing a thorough sweep of every file to ensure there are no bugs, hidden codes, or viruses.
Anyway, Justin our web guy, is a family man who works really hard and rents a home and provides for his homeschooling wife and three kids. Justin honestly does a lot more work than I can pay him for. And Justin’s kind of expertise needs to be paid for. That is just one of the many expenses it takes to keep this business going. It costs money to do research, write, keep up websites, editing, software services, card processing, marketing, tech people, bookkeeping… it goes on and on.
My 12 year old daughter packs the shipments and attaches the shipping labels.
BTW, if you get a package with a silly little smiley face – well, that was from Kimber – hoping to make your day. And she apologizes for those recent orders where she accidentally put the wrong videos in the packages.
Now I have spoken with many of you and I know there are some on very limited fixed incomes. Also, there are lots of people with very valuable information to share – people that just aren’t participating much in the Federal Reserve Note system. And I am going to work out a way for scholarships or work trade for access to the membership area. Actually, some of our best information comes from people who have already ‘dropped out’ to some extent. And that is definitely welcomed in this community. So I will absolutely come up with a way to accommodate.
Of course, I will continue to send out free info.
I don’t know Denny’s financial situation. But I am very surprised that someone like her that has gotten so much from what I’ve produced and given away – that she would then tell me I am selling out because I am offering extra focused quality content, providing a safe private area for our community, and only asking for a tiny amount.
So here I have to clear this up. If you feel that I’ve “sold out” –
then I’ll tell you what I told Denny.
PS: Now I know you are going to comment! And I love it. I do want to hear from you. The absolute best way is to write your words in the comments section below. Yes, I read all the comments – it is the best way to get to me directly.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.