I’m not just writing a blog, I’m writing a long form project (book) and not only am I writing it, I’m planning on spending significant resources to translate this into a language of a country where creative rights are not even a cultural consideration. I’ve even played around with the idea of turning my work into something even bigger. I’m doing this without a single care in the world for how I’m going to manage my intellectual property. What’s wrong with this picture?
Well first, let’s look at the reasons why I’m doing this… I’ve tried many things over the course of my life. I’ve tried to work for corporate America. – Good Money, brutal environment to the point of lies, deceit, and health issues. I’ve tried a couple of business where I’m selling other people’s products. That didn’t work. I wanted to do something different that would be truly my own thing. Something I could own. I see youtubers and blogs that I watch and read and they seem to be doing ok, making a living at least. I am inspired by people who make video games, many fail, but some are spectacular successes. So I can do this. I should be able to. At the very least I can turn it into a part time gig. There are varying degrees of Intellectual Property protection in all of these efforts and product lines, yet I rarely pay attention or get excited by them.
I guess the reason why I don’t care is because I don’t really have an asset yet. I have an idea, a dream, a process, but not really an asset. An asset is worth something in the free market. What I’m working on is a thing I hope will have some value in the free market. I don’t know if it’ll get there. If this blog and it’s relaunch starts to generate revenue, if the book starts to sell, I wonder how my opinions will change. Will I still maintain the Seth Godin approach of the share economy or will I become an IP tyrant?
The most interesting part is I have no idea, but it should be fun to find out.
PS, Yes, this one absolutely wins the award for the most self referential post to date!