@darrius, I think that using the platform for a wide range of community-oriented mutual support and such is a really good idea and a worthwhile thing for us talktimers; and as I mentioned in the original post at the top, I think this is a good project, and I’m glad to be a part of it. Please keep those in your mind while I give you a piece of mine.
The one thing you should not have said is:
I’ll tell you why it was a bad move to say it: Suggesting to us that this platform is not supposed to be viewed as a way to make money is actually dishonest. Most of us here on the platform arrived and signed up because we were led here through job listings for remote life coaching and other remote “positions”. They were and still are listed and advertised as jobs. Observe the following language taken from the official Talktime listings:
We were led here, collectively and individually, with the explicitly established expectation that this platform would be a place to start and grow our life coaching (and/or other) practices, gain and retain clients & customers, and develop skills through training (including live web-based conferences) provided and presented by the Talktime team. We were told and reassured in the job listings, the introductory videos, the “Talk like a person” worksheet, and other instances that Talktime is indeed a way to make money. That is why it is blatantly dishonest of you to tell us that we should not look at Talktime as a way to make money.
I will weather this unfortunate dearth of potential clients, I will work to overcome the obstacles of the current situation in an effort to grow my business without help from anybody else if need be, and I will make the best of what the Talktime environment offers even if it falls short of my expectations, but I will not swallow these false implications that Talktime is somehow not actually intended to provide us a means to create more income.
Darrius, let’s come to an understanding here: I am happy to use and promote Talktime, and will gratefully stick around and keep doing my part to build the culture here; but can you come up with a compelling reason why we all shouldn’t expect you to represent the Talktime team without simultaneously taking us for fools and sullying the integrity of the team itself by directly contradicting the messaging and assurances that persuaded us to join up in the first place?
One final note: What I would request is that you do not apologize in response to this, as that would be the easy thing to do. What I am interested in is an absence of suggestions like the one I’ve been rebutting. That’s basically it.