@Artistic, I thank you for your cander, and I want you to know when I was talking about people badmouthing others I wasn’t referring to you at all. I was actually just ranting about some peoples comments on youtube. And comments made on work of ones that make tuts and then people just make rude comments about them. Actually I wasn’t even talking about anyone badmouthing my work. I have been fortunate enough to only have maybe one or two comments that were rude on one of my other tuts. Most people have been very gracious. Yourself included! (if you look at the other comments I’m talking about, you will see what I mean?)
As for the charging in a free and open software, people have to make a living. And time is money. If I take time to make tuts for others I think I deserve to offset my expenses (website hosting fees aren’t free). Even the programmers that make blender get paid. They work on donation basis and have sponsors like google that support them. I don’t qualify for help from google so I have to resort to charging. FYI: On some tutorials like one I’m working on now that will be free btw, I spend 20+ hours working on them behind the scenes just so when I do finally film them, everything can flow smoothly and I don’t leave anything out. Each tut I do I am getting a better system down so that I don’t make as many mistakes during the filming. I actually do the tut several times and then document in writing the steps I take so that when I go to film I just read the script I have written. Even then sometimes I forget something and have to do an edit. I hope this helps you better understand the “need” to charge.
Trust me, I love the free atmosphere and would do all my work for free if I didn’t have this bad habit of eating every day. In fact one thing about freelancing, for those of you considering it, are you having fun working with blender right now? Well, once you start doing it for a living, you will find it becomes more like work once you introduce money into the dynamic. Some of the projects I’ve done, for example a project I did for an inventor on a trash can addon, it was a headache. When I took on the job I thought it looked like fun, and it would’ve been if I was doing it on my own time and no deadline, no contract. But once you are obligated to do something it no longer becomes fun and begins to look and feel more like work. I know this part is off topic but just for anyone that is thinking about making this a career? It’s not all fun and games! OK, my rant is done now. Best wishes to all!