Absolutely (un)important questions.

In asking these two questions, I am just looking for general thoughts, and only if you want to answer. Thank you to anyone who takes a time to respond!

  1. What are your thoughts on people who include “Buy Me A Coffee” at the bottom of every post they make?
  2. What are your thoughts on people who include “Donate to me” or “Donate to my blog” on the bottom of every post they make?

I’m curious because I see these popping up more and more with each day that I read new blogs. I was just wondering if this is the new ‘it thing’. If you don’t have them, what are your thoughts? And if you have these on the bottom of your posts, do people donate to you?

*Important Note – If you answer, please be respectful with your response. If you’re an asshole, I will flag your comment as spam.

Thank You!

121 thoughts on “Absolutely (un)important questions.

  1. If it’s for something that’s going to help improve their blog writing or make it easier for them, I have no problem with it at all.
    I don’t have it myself and I don’t know that I would but I’m stubborn and don’t like to ask for help.
    I’ve donated in the past and would donate again if it’s going to help someone out.

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  2. The ‘Buy Me A Coffee’ I don’t know what it does 🤷🏻‍♀️ ‘Donate to me’ I think it’s good, especially for freelance writers, as it could be a way of testing the waters with regards to how much people would pay to read their work or even hire them.

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    1. Yes, I was just going to say – my older son is a freelance journalist and writer, and he does have these buttons! I understand for him and people like him. But sometimes I see these buttons … where they should not be if you ask me 🙂

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  3. Personally, my wife or I have never had them, so I don’t know whether or not they work. But as a way of “monetizing” your website, I guess it’s rather amateurish..if you ask me. There are ways to make money from your readers that doesn’t require someone to donate. I think people should do what they want and I’m glad if it helps anyone, but asking for donations just doesn’t feel right for personally. Hope I wasn’t too blunt with my answer!

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    1. Thanks for an important take! There are so many different ways for blog monetization, you’re so right there. I’m not sure if it’s just because this is an easy option, maybe that’s why so many people are choosing it?

      I went from seeing one blog every couple of days that does this to seeing multiple blogs a day. Part of me feels like it’s a bandwagon people are jumping on…

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  4. I’m very new to the blogging world so I haven’t yet come across articles with either of the statements written. Though I suppose my reaction to seeing them would depend on how I feel about the blog and blogger in general. If i really like the blogger/blog I wouldn’t mind donating but if I had to pick between the options, I’d rather buy the person a coffee and get to know more about them.

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    1. That is also another piece – if you like the blogger and their content you might have a better reaction versus if you find the blogger annoying or hard to tolerate.

      I like your outlook – the ‘buy me a coffee’ button would probably entice me more than the ‘donate to me’ button. Although, I’m sure once you’ve clicked ‘Buy me a coffee’ or ‘donate to me’ all the funds probably go to the same place? I’m not too sure on that one, I’m just guessing. So it would depend on how the blogger themselves used that money…

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  5. Idk… I wish I did. I’m not offended by it. I wish I had the extra cash to throw at someone who wanted coffee online, but I sadly don’t. But, it’s a thing and more power to you if you can throw some blogger a bit of cash for a coffee because you like what they do. I’m got nothing for respect for those people.

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    1. I appreciate your opinions!

      Being unemployed, I’m seeing them a lot and thinking… hmm, that’s a nice outlet for people to use to make some cash, if it works. But also part of me is thinking that some people are really using it as an outlet to shove down your throat. You know?

      If you want to make that money, make that money! But as I am presently jobless, I can’t be the one giving it, sadly.

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  6. One of my favourite bloggers has the ‘donate’ button. She offers energy attunements, which I’ve happily donated to on the odd occasion. If I had the spare money, I’d donate more as I really appreciate her blog. However, there is someone else who is always asking several times throughout the post for donations and it really agitates me. It’s the way he goes about asking for it that appears morally wrong.

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      1. Some people really come across like they’re shoving it down your throat. It can, at times (depending on the person) come across as really disingenuous). On the other hand, some people are very respectful about it.

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  7. In never thought about that option. As I am now in a difficult financial situation, I would say: ‘Why not?’ Sometimes you got to do what you got to do. It depends on your situation. As my blog is not that popular I don’t think it will work for me 🙂 I’m happy if somebody reads and sometimes comment on my posts. That is my main objective. But if you can get other positive outcomes with it, it’s not a problem for me. I would donate maybe if I had the means. I’m not offended by a button on the end of the post or on the site. Seeing it written multiple times in a post doesn’t make me want to donate. As with a button I feel I have more of a choice, if that makes sense.

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    1. That’s a really good outlook. If someone is in a tough financial spot and they have the ability to add the button, then I guess it’s not a bad thing. So long as they’re not shoving it down people’s throats.

      I still think the main focus should be on blogging and not on making money. Which is kind of the sentiment you explained in your comment.

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  8. I don’t have a problem with it. Running a blog is a full time job that people often do on top of working full time. Asking for donations/coffee don’t bother me at all. You can after all ignore it, and most blog do offer something you get from them free of charge.

    What can annoy me is bloggers who sell a project and mention it five times in each text including big pictures of buy my product, even if the product doesn’t relate to the blog post.

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    1. Bloggers can do that with their ‘Buy me a coffee’ button too. Not too many, but I have seen a couple do it. When it’s written so many times in a post, I get really turned off from wanting to read any more of their posts. So I totally understand what you mean.

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  9. I think asking for a donate or a free coffee in exchange for valuable content is fair enough. I would donate if I loved the blog. Life is tough. Sometimes getting by is tough. If I can afford to buy someone a coffee to help them continue their blogs I would. I haven’t seen it yet though.

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    1. Oh, you’ll see it more and more! When I started blogging I used to stumble on it maybe once every few days. Now I see like 5-10 blogs a day that do it. (I also probably spend more time reading blog posts than I should in my day, but nevetheless)

      For me, being unemployed, I’m not in a place that I can donate. I almost wonder if that sways my feelings about it, though. Like if I had a nice job I’d feel differently about how often I’m seeing it.

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  10. I think if you’re offering something of value to your readers (i.e. your blog isn’t always full of self-indulgent rants), then it’s perfectly fine to ask for coffee / donations. I also like the Patreon model where patrons get access to exclusive content.

    I think you need a decent readership for these systems to be worth doing. But hey – any money is better than zero money, right? And in your particular case, I think it’d be well worth doing, especially if you give out useful marketing info.

    Which reminds me, I was thinking… could I hire an hour of your time for a Skype/Zoom chat about marketing my blog? I find it really difficult and my brain just doesn’t seem to work that way. Would an hour be enough? I’m envisioning you taking a look at my blog and asking me lots of questions and giving advice which will help me work out what the heck I’m doing with it.

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    1. Oh heavens, if I gave you any advice on your blog, I’d give it to you just because you were kind enough to ask. That being said, any information I gave you’d have to take with a grain of salt. Marketing is a finnicky subject.

      Let me think it over though! My anonymity is very important for me, so I want to make sure that that could be maintained if we ever chatted over skype or any other means.

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  11. Maybe I’m not reading a lot of blog posts, but I haven’t encountered either when I’ve been reading XD
    I don’t mind either button. If people want to donate that’s kind and generous, and if they don’t that’s also fine.

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    1. I’m seeing more and more of it with each passing day. I think my opinions are swayed by the fact that I’m currently unemployed, which is why I was wondering what other’s thought on the matter. It is nice to the people if other’s donate to them. I see so darn many of them though, I wonder if they actually even work or not?

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  12. I actually don’t think much of it, I do hope people donate money to them so they can make a living, but I’d personally wouldn’t add them because I doubt anyone would ever donate anyways.

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    1. That’s why I added my little “if you have them do people actually donate to you” sentence in there. So far I haven’t heard anyone say that people use them and do make donations. So I’m genuinely curious if people make donations or if they’re just… for show and people for the most part ignore them.

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  13. I used to have one through buymeacoffee.com (I considered ko-fi.com but it only accepts Paypal). I chose to put it on my sidebar rather than at the bottom of posts so it wouldn’t be quite as in your face. I think I got $15 over the few months that I had it.

    Another option that looked interesting was through ko-fi.com. If you get a gold membership, which I believe is $6/month, you can set up ko-fi commissions that lets people pay for a product or service that you offer.

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    1. Interesting. I didn’t realize that there were other options too. I’ve only seen the ‘Buy Me A Coffee’ and the ‘Donate to me’. That being said, if the money you got went to PayPal, then that means a blogger could really use the money any way they wanted right? So you’re not technically buying anyone a coffee.. you’re just donating to them?

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  14. I don’t really agree with a blogger asking for coffee or donations, unless they are raising funds for an urgent medical fund or situation arising from a tragedy.
    I think also that wordpress.com is essentially a platform for expression, an opportunity to publish free of charge, and that therefore requests for donations should not feature, unless the cause involves vast need.
    Hope this helps answer your question.

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    1. Thanks for your take on the matter! I can appreciate that there are all different sorts of opinions on the subject. For me, I would agree that WordPress is a platform to express yourself. To me, I’ve always seen ‘Donate’ as a means of giving money to a charity, or someone in distress, So I absolutely understand where you’re coming from.

      Perhaps I might feel differently about it if I had a good job/steady stream of income. But since I can’t really donate, I look at them and in a sense, I can kind of feel bad… that I can’t. And I know I shouldn’t but I do feel bad if a blogger is asking for donations and I can’t give them. I think that’s just a me problem though?

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  15. I’m cool with it, in theory, because I know how difficult it is not only to make money writing, but how expensive it can be to BE a writer (monthly subscription fees, contest entry fees, editors, designers, etc). However, I wonder how much of a donation would need to be made and how often for it to really make a difference for these writers. I doubt that me tossing them $5 from time to time is going to make an impact. I get that the idea is for everyone who visits to donate, but … how often does that happen?
    Also, most “buy me a coffee” websites that make these donations possible (Patreon, for example), charge the account holder to … make money. So you’re paying a third party to allow people to donate to you. So again, how many donations have to be made for you to break even?
    I guess if your blog is huge, it can work but maybe not so much for others.

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    1. The thing is, your comment about it being Writers… it’s only applicable in some senses. Some people are sharing memes and asking for donations. Does your opinion differ at that point?

      Also, good point on the being charged to accept donations comment. I hadn’t thought of that. It’s a definitely a catch 22.

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  16. For me, it depends on the blog and blogger sometimes, because I’ve noticed seeing both “Buy me a coffee” or “Donate” (in some form or fashion). On some blogs it’s just something I see and it seems to flow naturally and not be intrusive. On other posts I see them and it makes me feel as though it was distasteful and overly aggressive in how it was done. Also, in my opinion….it depends on the content being discussed for example…you’ve discussed how upset you are over the loss of a family member or friend or pet or something…and then you wrap it up by asking for donations or a cup of coffee. How authentic was your post really…you were upset but not so upset you couldn’t forget to stick your hand out and ask for a donation? Just doesn’t FEEL right.

    Myself personally I wouldn’t be brave enough to stick it in every blog post, but I do have a page where folks CAN donate if they wish…I just don’t aggressively push for it because while I would appreciate any donations I’m still going to blog regardless. That being said, if anybody did donate it would go directly towards upgrading the blog (upgrading plans, finding/adding more features, etc.) and I think that’s important too…you can ask for donations but if people can’t really tell what you’ll do with them…it will affect their willingness to donate.

    Just my two cents…but it’s also early in the morning and I haven’t had any coffee yet lol so forgive anything that seems unclear.

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    1. That’s a good point! There are definitely some scenarios when it seems like would be really distsateful for someone to post “Donate to me” after the subject they’ve just spoken about.

      I’m not in a position where I could even consider donation, but I wonder if I’d feel different if I had a steady steam of income.I also wonder if I would ever feel good about adding it to any of my posts. To all of my posts.

      I appreciated your two cents. It was very clear, and very informative.

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  17. I’ve seen this around quite a lot too. I wonder does anyone actually pay money. I’m happy to buy books, etc but I don’t know about these blog buttons. I haven’t been tempted to buy anyone a virtual coffee yet.

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    1. From the consensus I’ve heard, people largely don’t donate. One comment said she had it up a few months and she got $15. But for the most part people are saying that it’s just… there.

      I think if I were employed with a steady stream of income, I’d be more inclined to buy a book… much like you said. There’s an author that I follow, I’d buy his book if I had the extra funds.

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  18. I am ok about this but do agree with the comments above that sometimes it can feel distasteful / too much and at other times it feels ok. I haven’t bought anyone a coffee or donated and I don’t think I will add it to my blog. That might be because I am starting out and slowly growing. Maybe in a year or so I will change my mind.

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    1. You’re right – there are some instances in which it seems really distasteful. I think it depends on the blogger and how they use their platform.

      Good outlook – growing slowly and reconsider in a year. That’s a great way to go about it.

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  19. I have one. It sits happily on my home page, people have used it when I was in a jam last year, I dont expect people to use, if they do its a lovely gesture.

    I get there are other ways to make money off your blog, but with most options you have to pay out before you can start reaping the rewards.

    I dont add mine to every post, as I say it just sits on my home page, I dont use the buy me a coffee, mine is called fund the lego

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    1. I do appreciate the buttons a lot more when they’re just on someone’s homepage and not being added to the bottom of every post. I still can’t donate myself, but I do see them. And I think it’s a better way to go about it when it’s on your homepage versus on the end of every post. Especially if it’s someone who posts several times a day…

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      1. I would say that was part of the reason why I didn’t, because on a weekend, depending on how popular it is, I have posted up to 13 times a day (I run a weekend share) so while I am sharing other people, the link would still come up and I would find it cheeky if someone did that to me.

        I will say that the wordpress community is very generous when someone is in need, at the start of the year my washing machine broke down, so we were doing trips to a laundrette or handwashing everything, I had money coming to me at some point, but we were not sure when (I had won a benefit appeal) A blogger contacted me, saying they could send me the money to get a washing machine rather than waiting for the money and the buy it and just pay them back once I get the money, I did refuse but the offer was there and at one point I was close to accepting them because I could not wash one more sheet in a bath tub.

        And time and time again I have seen it, where a blogger is in a bit of a hole, through no fault of their own and the community has come together to help

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  20. I’ve only seen one blogger who asked for donations to support their blog. Frankly, I had to unfollow the blogger due to frequent posts with their sole content and title being requests to donate/support their blog. I found this extremely rude and distasteful.

    I have no issue with people wanting to make money from their blog. I’d imagine that many a blogger hopes they will gain attention and a potential salary from writing/blogging. A quiet request for donations doesn’t bother me in the least, nor does a person using affiliate links.

    I guess like all things, there’s a way to do things and way not to.

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    1. Yeah, I’d say that most people are telling me there’s a good way to go about it and a distasteful way to go about it. I wonder if that person you unfollowed is the same person I unfollowed. lol. Don’t post any names though. We don’t need to do that. I bet it is the same person though!

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  21. Well I have never had a donate button on any of my blogs but I would really understand why they would include them. It is a way to fund work and totally understand. The way I see it, its just a way to try to get something back from the large amount of work that is blogging.

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  22. I have a donate button on my home page but do not put it on any of my posts — I haven’t yet drawn any attention to the button so haven’t received any donations. I see no problem with people having them or putting them at the end of each post as I’ve seen them and never minded them. I don’t see much difference really between those and the affiliate links blurb usually found at the top of posts, etc. I think they’re fine to have as nobody is being forced or pressured to donate. I just see it as a way for anyone who wants to show their appreciation for my work they can, but I don’t expect anyone to nor demand it.

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  23. I do neither. But I do understand the need/want to monetize one’s blog – although, I’m likely to abandon my efforts there simply because I’m dissatisfied with the clickbait ads I get.
    Between the two choices, I prefer the direct approach of simply saying, “Click here to support”. The whole “Buy me a coffee” schtick seems disingenuous to me. I’m betting if I actually sent someone a Tim Horton’s gift card code they’d piss and moan about it.
    That said, looking back to your blog post about creating community a couple days ago…maybe the whole coffee approach registers with some audiences.

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      1. Yeah the ‘Buy me a coffee’ concept doesn’t seem to make sense. Especially since, in the comments above, someone mentioned they had it and it goes to a paypal account. There’s no specific requirement for use for the funds, so writing ‘Buy me a coffee’ should really just say ‘Donate to me’.

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    1. I’d agree on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ comment. You’re just sending a person money. They can spend it on whatever the heck they desire, so why say ‘Buy me a coffee’ and why not just say ‘Donate’?

      I definitely, from the stories I’ve read in these comments, feel there are some generous people on WordPress who do donate. But, it kind of seems as though, for the most part, these buttons are left untouched. Which kind of leads me to believe it likely doesn’t need to be on the bottom of every post and would be a lot better if someone decided to post it to their homepage instead.

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  24. Maybe its a way to make people spend their money help them, to promote theirself. But I don’t like doing that, cause for me its like begging for pitty. I think that when you working as a writter its mean that you need to produce good writting for money.
    But this only my oppinion, people have their way…

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    1. A lot of people seem to be of the idea that it’s like asking for pity, so you’re definitely not alone in that thought.

      To me, I don’t see it as asking for pity, but I do think it’s kind of weird when it’s on EVERY POST. When it’s on every post, I think of how annoyed I’d be with my friend if they asked me for money every time we hung out. If they asked me for money once in a while, I’d probably give it to them. But if they asked me for money every time we hung out, I’d get annoyed.

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      1. Yeah true… when they doing it all the time, what they become are beggars. They don’t have dignity anymore. And you’re right, it’s annoying when they ask you all the time, makes me want to leave them and avoid them whenever I can.

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  25. I have it on my blog, and actually got the idea from other bloggers. I use it as a way to somehow earn from blogging, sort of a tipping jar for blogs.

    While I do have an online shop unrelated to blogging, anything that helps the finances is going to be welcome.

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    1. Do people give you donations? Or has it just been more stagnant? Do you post it on every post or is it just on your home page? Just curious how it works since I’ve never used them but I am seeing them more and more!

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      1. I don’t have a lot of readers… so I don’t get donations that often. So I guess it is stagnant… hahaha…

        I try to post them at each post – sort of like a call to action.

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  26. It’s so interesting that you posted this because yesterday I posted a FAQ and it included a link to one of my books. I think it said something like “If you want to support the website, you can buy this book”. I did that because I honestly do need the money; the website renewal fee is coming up in a few days. How has it worked? Minimally lol

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    1. See, if I had a steady stream of income, I’d probably be more inclined to buy a book than to ‘buy a coffee’. Does that make sense? Does that make me sound selfish?

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. I was just curious what people generally thought of it, and for the most part in all these comments I’m reading, people are all for it! lol

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  27. I don’t really mind. If someone is blogging to gain money, then reminding people to donate is smart business. If someone is on here just to share their story, and get money just as a side thing, then that’s also cool. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with trying to get people to donate. The person donating is only going to donate if they want to, so asking people to donate only reminds them, doesn’t force them. But other bloggers like me don’t really care about the money aspect, so don’t bother trying to get people to donate. Both are fine imo

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    1. My initial reason for asking was because sometimes, when a blogger posts it on every post, I feel like I’m being pressured to donate. And given that I’m in a position where I can’t, I can struggle with it!

      That being said, I appreciate and respect your outlook. Not letting it even register as something is a good outlook for it. There’s no harm, no foul in it, just so long as people aren’t obscene about it!

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      1. “pressured to donate” it always feels that way when we are broke lol I don’t think that is the intention though..its more opportunity then pressure? I admit though, I won’t read that blog regularly bc then I feel , like I”m reading for free when I should be paying. same with podcasts..

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  28. It’s not a turn off when I see it but I myself will refrain from including that on my blog. Sometimes I feel disrespectful for not paying to read a blog, so I feel like I am stealing. I am all over the place with my blog and I am not looking for fame, money, yada yada. Really, I am hoping and would like to meet other people from around the world and to show off the photos that I take to other people that are not in my inner family and friends circle. This way I can get perhaps an honest critique from a complete stranger.

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    1. I have definitely felt that guilt before for not paying. Sometimes, when people really press on about it, I feel like I have to in order to read their blog. And since I’m not in a position that I can, I feel bad. So I totally understand you there!

      Isn’t it wonderful when you get honest reviews from strangers and you know that because they don’t know you and don’t feel like they ow you anything you feel like they have to be telling the truth? Like if it’s a good review you can feel good about it being true and if it’s not necessarily a good review, you know truthfully what yo have to work on? I totally understand that desire to have other people review your work.

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      1. Yes, I love it when I get a comment or critique from unknown people. Most of my days are spent at home and the only other live person I ever speak to is my husband. So, yes, it feels good to hear either positive or negative critiques.
        Thank you for being so nice, by the way 🙂

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  29. I have never seen either of these statements in the blogs I follow (then again, maybe I don’t follow those which write them). First impression would be slightly uncomfortable, as they imply some expectation of financial support. Even if it’s to support their career blogging, there are other ways of going about supporting oneself on the blog (e.g. ads, sponsors). Sounds like these bloggers are trying to turn the blogging community into that of YouTube, where many YouTubers ask for donations on Patreon to support the content they put out. Maybe one day blogging will go along that route…

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    1. Yeah, I’ve definitely felt that uncomfortable feeling. For me, it can kind of come across in that I feel… guilty almost. Like I feel like I have to donate in order to read their blog.

      I have nothing against anyone making that money, but I don’t want to be pressured to give to them, you know what I mean?

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    2. I haven’t come across that either. And I hope the blogging community remains the way it is, cause I love it just like this.

      And V quit with the guilt feeling please.
      We’re all writers and we all need money, especially me!
      But like Rebecca said, there’s a way to go about money making in WordPress.

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  30. I have the ‘Buy Me A Coffee’ button on my website. I use it as a way to a) make some form of income from my blogging (I like how someone else previously commented it’s sort of like a tipping jar of sorts) and b)use it as a way for others to show appreciation for what I am writing. I don’t see anything wrong with it. We all work hard on our blogs and we all need to make a living. No shame here. I’m not begging. I’m simply leaving it up to the reader if they would like to ‘tip’ me basically for my work.

    I have seen when people put them on the bottom of their posts. I feel that is slightly spammy, but at the same time I get the mindset of drawing attention and marketing it so that maybe you get a few more ‘Buy Me A Coffee’ clicks. I don’t think people always notice when you have it on your blog and putting it at the bottom of a post showcases it more.

    Ultimately to each his own. No judgement here. We all need money and we all work hard on our blogs.

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    1. I’ve seen it on your b log before, and honestly, I much prefer it when it’s on a homepage versus on the bottom of every post. I’ve been seeing them pop up on the bottom of every post on more and more blogs and I’ve started asking myself if I need to be donating in order to keep reading the person’s blog. And that’s hard for me! Perhaps it’s just me being selfish, or taking it the wrong way, but when it’s on the bottom of every post I have a hard time not feeling guilty.

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  31. And you know what…after reading this post I’m feeling a little inspired to change my ‘Buy Me A Coffee’ button to say ‘Tip The Writer’ or something. That would be more honest I suppose.

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  32. I’m okay with it. I have a personal blog and I have a blog where I donate learning materials. I don’t care how it’s phrased “buy me a coffee” is a bit dated but who cares? its just semantics showing appreciation. Eventually the blog where I donate my materials, I will get a button on there. Not for my personal blog. I don’t read many blogs that aren’t connected to books, so I’d buy the book instead. I’m not going to tip someone who isn’t remarkable aka akin to professional writing- but I’m not offended by the asking. I kind of liken it to artists on tumbler or others where they draw an anime pic and you buy it. Which is so out of my realm of reality (bc of being 52yo I think) that I can’t deal with that concept at all hahah

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      1. i can’t find the reply to reply to lol , yes i saw quite a few on tumbler for anime drawings mainly..but i didn’t follow very many folks and only for a few months, i’m sure there’s more.

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  33. I am new to blogging but hope someday to somehow earn some money from it so I can retire before I am 90! However, the whole coffee thing is a little weird to me. I am hoping to build a site that can direct people to some cool things to buy but I don’t think I can say “buy me a coffee” . I am more a, “I would love a martini my brain cells are tire from writing this blog! do you want to buy me one LOL”

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  34. To each their own I suppose. If you want to add it to your blog, great, if not, no big deal. The world is too judgy to begin with. Let each decide what they want on their blog just as people will choose to donate or not. Very simple.

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  35. For me, I use the Ko-fi site because I’m not able to upgrade my WordPress plan at this time. Someone mentioned it being a way to test the waters as far as their blogging goes and I agree with this. I love to write and would love to get paid for it but realistically am not sure if anything I write would be worth being paid to do. I appreciate the donations (I’ve only received 2 so far) but its never a requirement. I’m just happy that people take the time to read my words at all.

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    1. I think that sounds like a really great outlook towards blogging. I’m sure that your words have a far greater value than even you could comprehend. You never know just how much something could mean to someone until you say it!

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  36. I guess I’m a bit naïve, but I write my blogs for fun and definitely not for profit. If someone reads something I’ve written and ‘likes’ it and/or comments favourably (although, sadly, few do!) I get a warm glow, but that’s the most I hope for. When I started blogging I assumed everybody who does it was motivated similarly, by an ambition to write well and communicate their ideas to others. Everyone’s financial circumstances are different so I wouldn’t necessarily criticise anyone for seeking to make a few bucks out of a brilliant blog, but that’s not for me

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  37. I think it’s just how things are slowly changing and if you really like someone’s content, you will think that they deserve to be supported, at least that’s what I feel everytime I see someone who inspires me. It also depends on how you present it, if I can see that your main purpose is to make money instead of inspiring people with your work, I will be slightly repelled. But as one of the other commenters already said, each to their own, people are free to decide themselves if they want to donate or not.

    And whether or not you feel guilty is up to you, you don’t HAVE TO feel guilty ;P

    I like how this guy puts it:

    Been following him for years, he clearly points out that he doesn’t NEED the money. But people appreciate his work and are donating and that’s awesome.

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  38. Oh and also, as the guy in the video mentions, donations may be a good way to avoid ads. Personally, I’d rather pay money than be distracted by annoying unrelated content in form of ads.

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  39. I’ve had one since I started my blog. At the time, I did not know you could monetize blogs with ads. I had other ideas on how to support the amount of effort it takes to create a blog, but knew it would take time for those to come about, so chose to put a ‘tip jar’ on the sideline of all pages. I consider my blog still small at 180 subscribers and only a little over a year old and so far have not received a tip, and that’s ok. I appreciate this topic to learn more about how people feel about it, since I have one 🙂

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  40. Woah – this touched a nerve! (judging from the comments). Although I don’t have any requests on my blog, I remember seeing pizza donation buttons on blogs YEARS ago. I’ve always ignored them, but thought “good luck if you can get away with that”. I mean – who wouldn’t love to get a coffee, pizza, or whatever else donated ?

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    1. I ask the hard-hitting questions, what can I say? haha!

      I’ve never seen a pizza donation button. I feel like if I had a coffee button, I’d go and buy a coffee with it and then send the picture of the coffee to the person who donated. But, I’m learning that all these donation request thingys go into the same place – a paypal account. So… it’s up to the people what they do with their money – if people donate.

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