Freemium Is the Most Expensive and Least Inclusive Model Ever Created

After 33 years of using the internet to share art, meet people, learn, sell, and communicate, I’ve discovered just how expensive it is when some new platform invites you to join or use their FREE thing. And to qualify, I was 14 the first time I sent a piece of art into the internet to be received by someone through this fancy magic we now use everyday, you can do the math for my age if you feel the urge.

It’s easy they’ll tell you. Just create an account. It’s FREE! Lies, lies, lies. And we now all know it. It’s so expensive, in fact, that there’s whole companies built just to help you “get the results you want” from said free platform.

Not only that, but inclusivity and community on these platforms are basically a joke. If you’re not scoring at least X amount of views or clicks, you are going to the bottom of the barrel where algorithms are concerned. Algorithms are designed for advertisers, not for members of the platform as a whole, but for members who meet their view count criteria – to be pushed into your feed, whether you like it or not. It wasn’t always like that, and it needent stay this way either.

It’s free because they want to sell your numbers to advertisers. It’s easier for them to get lots of people in the platform – that makes the numbers look good for selling advertising to companies who then, in turn, advertise to you and kick you to bottom of above mentioned feed barrel.

It’s hooey!! So what do we do about it, we can’t just complain when we’ve got the power to act!

I’m tired of it, and if you are too, we would love for you to join our community.

We’re flipping the script and putting the advantage back in your court. Even for your freemium accounts. (which I’ll write a whole separate article on and link to here so you can learn more about striking matches instead of cursing darkness)

You can use these platforms to some degree of success, but unless you’re spending $$$$$, forget about it. And they’re not gonna help you either. If you don’t have the money to spend, you’ll trade that for your time. Spending countless hours creating and posting and commenting within their walls. And you’ll have to do that individually on every platform you join.

Well… almost every platform. You don’t have to do any of that here in the Artocalypse. You don’t even have to create an account. You just do what you do on your blog, and we’ll display it. We’ll create expos and challenges to inspire you. We’ll curate your work into enjoyable reading experiences for our audience, and we’ll support you in your journey.

It only costs about 11 cents a day – nothing major, and you’ll gain self control of your assets, focus and perspective, you’ll learn and enjoy a community of artists and art lovers —  and unmatched service for your blog.  We spend a lot of care and effort listening and paying attention to what you do and what you need. Creating ways for your work to be discovered and enjoyed in an environment fine-tuned to display your creations and get people to your site, not sell advertising to media giants. Quite literally no one else is offering what we are.

And you’ll have to link back to us on your site somewhere, but not because of some vanity thing, because everyone is helping everyone. If someone goes to your blog and sees that you’re a proud and happy member of our artist community they may want to join, and we in turn, link off to your site on every single one of your posts in our platform. The collective effort makes the work less for everyone and creates an environment where everyone feels and is contributing and receiving the same benefits as everyone else. A community you’ll actually be happy to tell people about.

In fact, you don’t ever have to visit the Artocalypse if you don’t want to after you’ve opted in. You can just do your thing in your blog, and we’ll do the rest. You can also just choose what you want to see and simply add the url/feed to your own feed reader. Of course, we’d love it if you do want to visit and participate in expos and prompts and challenges and collaboration, but you don’t have to. There’s something for everyone.

Audiences are just as tired of the usual models as the creators are.

The environment here is calm and art forward. There’s no dings and weird need to like everything with a heart or comment. It’s a much better overall experience. One your audience will enjoy. You become a pretty awesome person to know when you’ve introduced someone to something that’s good for the soul, good for the spirit, good for them. As opposed to making them join another advertiser platform to see what you’re up to. Just think about what a different conversation it will be with people you talk to.

Person you’re talking to: How can I find you or see more of what you do?

Your answer when all you’ve got is a bunch of freemium platform accounts: I’m on insta, LI, TikTok, etc etc etc etc… which one are you on? Ugh and ick. If you’re not on the platform they’re on, then you’ve got nowhere to go with the conversation. And if you are, you’ve got to do the platform shuffle to find out which one you match on and be sure to not lose the momentum of the introduction  – which happens guesstimately 95% of the time, perhaps more?!

Ay yi yi.

You’re answer if you join Artocalypse: oh I have a blog the adresss is … 

See the difference yet?

Once you’re set up on your blog, you can go drop those links anywhere you want. You are no longer beholden to the advertiser – aka freemium platform. You’ll be free of a bad, lop sided abusive relationship – you’ll be able to turn the tables instead of being used and abused. 

How do you even have time to create or sell or develop with all this extra nonsense going on? And I’m pretty certain you’re not feeling much joy in your journey either. I can’t tell you how many artists I speak with reply with – I don’t have time for xyz, or I can’t add anything else to my plate, or I haven’t done much creating lately, and yet they are also not where they hoped to be either. They are just plain burnt out. And with good reason.

How could you not be disappointed or confused or lost  . . . It’s a bloody miracle any of us are still standing with all we’ve been exposed to. It’s definitely time for a real change, wouldn’t you agree?

I’ll stop there for now, but . . .

There’s lots more to this pitch (not that it needs it) — but I’m just getting started. Buckle up my awesome creative geniuses. It’s time to take your life back and rediscover your joy! (You know, that reason you started creating art in the first place, before it became about likes and view counts) which, by the way, you dont need any of, to sell, to create, or to find your people!

What do you say? Are you ready to do some fishing?!

Until next time, stay awesome, it suits you!

Abstract by Kimberly

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