Tiny House Ontario is made up of one tiny house, one blogger and a Facebook page which now has two admins. Me and Lulu.
The plan here is not to make money (We don’t) but to promote tiny living as a viable option for Ontarian’s.
When I first started blogging it was just about my house, but as more of you started reading and asking questions I started talking more about movement itself and of course the following grew when I expanded my horizons. I am just about to hit 600K who have put their eyes on my blog, which feels big. It would be nice to have a dime for every one though, right? HA!
Tiny House Ontario’s Facebook page has about 6000 followers now but Lulu and I have about 8000 people who we reach a week, so you are a pretty loyal following! Thank you – it is numbers like this that make me think that we are doing something right here.
But going back a bit… as more eyes started looking at what I was writing about, I decided that I would not advertise and I would try to have all those fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants wannabes at bay. This was largely to do with three very negative experiences in the very early days. One from a guy who can only be described as a stalker that went on to ask a lot of people for personal information to build a community, another from a “business” that was threatening me because I would not promote after I had some bad feedback and another from a known accused pedophile (who got off on a technicality because his trial was not expedient enough) that wanted to start a tiny house community… Clearly, with these three cases, I believe that I would not be acting in good faith if I were promoting them, I stood firm and shut them down. Though one of them is still out there exploiting the hopes of tiny house wannabes by pretending to be a viable option for those who wish to live tiny in Ontario… and the complaints about him are still coming in to me.
So, what do I do with negative comments about these folks?
When I get negative feedback from any sources about anyone who has involved themselves with the tiny house community in any way, shape or form then I am not going to share or promote them. I also delete comments about them from our Facebook page. This is not just because I think it is unethical to promote those who I understand to be maleficent. Frankly this is a new movement – we don’t even have the ability to live in most municipalities yet, but there are a lot of people who think that they can grow cash quick by building and selling houses or by starting a community. We owe it to ourselves and the community to make this way of life as safe as possible, do we not? We owe it to those who come after us, to keep this community credible.
Am I right?
I hope so! I would like to think that this vetting makes the sources that I give as being trustworthy. I guess, what I see my role as, is that of a dispensary of the people’s information, and because I can only depend on the sources that give me information, I might not always get this right. But rest assured, that at the very least I try!
Why am I sharing this information now?
Recently the audience here has grown and new people may not have read previous comments and posts where I give warnings.
I am just reminding you all not to spend your money or give out your information to anyone who claims to be a tiny house builder, community or voice of the community before you have fully researched what and who they are! I was reminded just today that not all tiny house sites take their roll as a mentor as seriously as I do, so use your heads and do your research please!
Stay safe! ❤ L
I agree, just as with anything else, do your homework, check them out. Double check! Better safe then sorry! Great topic Laura. Well said.