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How much money did I donate? Well, I thought 2 dollars a month is a good amount and some extra when I bump into a great blog post every now and then as a bonus. I can afford that. I am happy to give this amount to some of my favorite bloggers.
Isn't that a rather small amount? Well, if I am the only one donating 2 dollars a month it is not much, but if many of their readers and visitors donate the same amount it will be a substantial amount to help them do what they love and continue to contribute with great crafty material to Blogland.
What type of blog did I donate to? The blog authors I donated to are turning their blogs into part time and full time businesses. The hobby has grown and they need financial help to keep going. I look at my donations as subscription fees.
It is a delicate thing this thing with Donation Buttons. Shall we or shall we not ask people to support our blog work? What type of blog should have a Donation button and what type of blog shouldn't have it?
In my opinion I think crafty bloggers that put down a lot of work and are trying to make it a business really should have a Donate button at the bottom of a tutorial or free pattern blog post and in tehir sidebar, and I think people (us readers) should make the effort to press that Donate button whenever they (we) feel gratefulness and excitement towards an informative blog post or a blog that they (we) really like.
I've thought about this for a long time. Not many of us crafty bloggers have a Donate Button on our blog. And if we do, not many donations are made. I wonder why? What stops us from pressing the Donate Button to donate a "Cup of Coffee". We are a great and supportive community full of encouragement and empathy. We could be financially supportive too.
I use to have Donate Buttons a while ago but no donations were made. Maybe this is something that feels like a taboo around us crafters. Is it shameful to ask people to support your blog work? Is it considered greedy? Why don't more crafters have Donation Buttons on their blogs when economy, political, health related and technical blogs have them and make a good financial support from them?
As you know I have the opportunity now to grow my blog professionally. I have the chance to spend more time on contents and designing new patterns. Come up with new ideas, CALs, secret projects and fun tutorials, free patterns, Give Aways and more. And I will. Because I love doing this. I love being a part of this. I am proud of my blog, of what I have created with My Rose Valley. But how can I monetize my blog?
I could fill my blog with advertising, I could write sponsored posts but do I want that? For the moment no. But maybe I will have too. But first I want to try the Donate Button. I will add it on to my tutorials and free patterns and into my sidebar. You can donate 1 dollar or more. I won't judge anyone just be grateful for any donations made. And I'm curious to know your opinion on this. Please join in and spread the discussion. I think this is something that we all need to talk about.
NOTE: PS I don't expect anyone to donate just because I am writing about it today. I don't want anyone to feel "forced" to donate just because I am bringing up the subject. I am more interested in what everyone thinks about this and I am just trying the waters here. If I don't feel comfortable having the Donate buttons on my blog and if it makes you readers loose confidence in me, I will take them away. But one has to experiment, try and see what works and not. Big thank you to anyone who is supporting my blog by visiting and commenting which is a fabulous reward in itself. I hope you all stay with me on this journey of finding my own best way of blogging, learning, sharing and inspiring.