Eriko in my last post Linked this video.
Very very interesting. Part of me wants to totally disagree with this concept, but on the other hand it gives some VERY compelling examples.
Also yours truly writes a blog for free during his time off.
On my behalf, if I was recruited to write for some media source, I would only do it if I was paid a significant sum, because right now I choose when I write and what I write about. If tomorrow I don’t feel like typing something out or re-posting something, no new materiel for you, and you have no recourse, because you read this for free, and I’m my own boss. To add a boss, it would significantly decrease the enjoyment of this, as well as if I became an entrepreneur and was my own boss, and now my readers were paying customers. I don’t feel like writing one day, paying customers might pack it up and let me dangle.
I’m also a little disappointed that there is no time spent explaining why or theories why the higher incentives don’t work for intellectual tasks.
Could it be that crux between art and science? If I need to build a box, or haul a load of wood, or mow my lawn, its either done or it isn’t. If I need to write a post, if you force me when I’m not feeling it the end product is going to suck, meanwhile if left to my own resources I’ll only produce better quality work…or nothing at all. Maybe some incentives could increase that efficiency, but there might come a breaking point where it is simply pushing too hard to get the money’s value in end product.
What do you think? And Eriko, thanks for the link!