I read a comment yesterday on a board saying that this person had unsubscribed from our newsletter because we had become too commmercial.
Now I have no problem with people unsubscribing from my newsletter – and I wil happily help people to do so when they email me if they are having any trouble doing it themsleves. I don’t take that personally. Sometimes people just get tired of having a million newsletters in their inbox.
But in pondering why this person announced it to the public, I wonder if this person has personal issues with people making money doing what they love, or if perhaps this person believes that raw food education should be free. Or perhaps I really have too much promotion for the programs going on in ratio to the information and inspiration provided.
I too believe that raw food information should be free for everyone – hence our blogs, 75 free raw recipes, free eBooks, and free daily raw inspiration which we also put out on facebook and twitter. We also do free talks, interviews, conference calls, radio shows and webinars.
But I know we could not do as much for the raw movement if we didn’t make it our career. We would have to work day jobs to feed our family.
Sometimes I think it would be nice to get a regular pay-check, but I am a believer in following your bliss and giving the best of yourself to the world, and so I’m grateful to have the Internet and the entrepreneurial spirit to make a go of this.
I am still learning how to be a good business person. It would be easier if we sold supplements and superfoods. We would weave the ads for these throughout our sites and newsletters, and change them up, always offering new deals on the latest products. But we don’t use these products, so we don’t sell them.
What we sell are simply our menu plan programs that are helping hundreds of people over the years to go raw and stay raw. I try to limit the amount of daily raw inspirations that focus solely on promoting our programs to once a week, and to always include some inspiration even in those emails. I also try to keep our promotions interesting and inspiring.
However it is challenging and I know for some of you who have been subscribers for a long time, it may be getting repetitive. I apologize for this, and hope that you can enjoy the new insights, recipes, resources and ideas shared in this newsletter and skip over the parts that you already know about.
We continue to have new subscribers every day and I want to make sure they understand these programs are here and that they know what they are all about. I consider these programs our greatest service, the best of our knowledge and experience that we have to give.
I also like to make sure that all our program alumni know about the new start dates so that they can repeat the programs, which many people do as our programs come with a lifetime membership.
By the way, to get our 75 free raw recipes, simply sign up for our new aWeber Daily Raw Inspiration list at http://TheGardenDiet.com
And to unsubscribe from the old Dadamail version of the Daily Raw Inspiration list so you don’t get two copies of the same newsletter every day, click here.
(We are slowly phasing everyone out of this old Dadamail list and in to the new aWeber one as it looks much nicer).
I look forward to reading your comments and ideas re the commerciality issue!
Thank you for your support and readership through the years!