Creative endeavors, from writing to sculpting to dancing, are things we show that we value not just by paying money but by paying attention—and, most of all, by doing. I don’t feel exploited or undervalued because I’m giving this away for free—it’s not free. You’re giving me your attention, which is the most precious thing you have. Money comes and money goes, but the five minutes of your life that you’re spending to read this post can’t be refunded. (Sorry!) It means a lot to me that you care what I have to say, and I hope you have something to say in response.
…I have a lot more curiosity than I have money, and I have more to write than you have money to pay me for the right to read it. Whether or not I can be paid for it, writing isn’t my job. It’s what I do.