It really is amazing how people try to hit you in other areas when they do not have counter-arguments. Their ego cannot accept that you may have a point, they cannot bring themselves to say that. So they play foul.
After the accusation of me waiting for applause, the other day came an accusation of me trying to promote my website with the discussion of the Open Letter to IATA.
Actually, there was truth in the “accusation”; there was an element of promotion in the things I was writing. But what was I promoting?
What am I promoting in my website, what am I writing about? Am I talking about my travels, oh how nice and well I travel, do you see cheesy photos of my feet and the sea, or photos of what I eat? Do you see photos of my happy family aimed at getting likes or do you see any hotel or airline promotions?? Do you?
I'll answer for you: No! I promote ideas. Travel related ideas!
Sure, I talk about my experiences, but it's mostly to get to a conclusion about the travel related issues today. There is nothing in it for me. Apart from the satisfaction of doing something I believe in. Nothing material. I do not even have a crowdfunding.: Which I plan to get one day.
"You do have a crowdfunding campaign on your website," someone said.
Nopes I don't. My husband looks after this stuff; he opened up a Patreon account but it's idle. Yes, there are donation links, but these methods do not work. Nobody has ever put a cent into my account for what I do. And there is no reason for me to believe or expect anybody from any traveller group or friends group to donate anything. Nobody cares.
Perhaps they might make some contribution if I open up a GoFundMe or the like; after all, the concept is popular and familiar. But I am too busy with other things to write, couldn't get around to working on that yet.
I am trying to open up a discussion. A discussion about travel and right of movement. I have loads of stories and ideas. I need feedback from travellers and other people. I need support. I am not chasing money. I need people first and foremost.
Where to find them... is the question.
I have hundreds of pages, almost all on different aspects of freedom of movement; articles on other related issues connect to the right of free movement, other issues are all related to philosophical essays on world politics. Nobody would go to such great lengths to write about this stuff if s/he did not really care about it. If I chose to spend my labor on this, it shows where my priorities and loyalties lie.
Nobody would write all these hundreds of articles, spend so much time and effort on these matters just to self-promote. That would be a ridiculously laughable claim. I have done three round-the-world tours, one by land, one by sea, one with family. So it's obvious that the way of self-promotion for me would have been emphasizing all this. That's where the glamour is. All the glory and fame is. Okay, let's not call it fame but all the praise is. I'd have had many fans if I took that road.
Where I stand is lonely.
So... Anybody who claims I am after money must be joking. Even though I'm still waiting for that anonymous large donation or that call from some prominent person, someone who believes in my ideas, to say s/he'll be funding me, I'm not holding my breath. Money does not lie on the road that I took; it lies on the opposite road of advertisement in the travel industry and popularity on social media.
Anybody who dares to even imply self-promotion... is so illogical and immature that s/he doesn't deserve even my contempt. Still... I'd like to share this meme, just because I find it so funny. Apologies for the profanity in advance!