Some bloggers have ‘Affiliate’ sites. They act as a conduit for retailers or specific products, and if you click through their site to buy them, they get a small commission.
That’s fine with me. The bloggers almost always state that fact from the outset, and they are just trying to make some money whilst featuring books, or other products.
Occasionally, a blogging friend faces genuine hardship. Maybe a bereavement, or serious illness. They might ask for a personal donation to help them out.
That’s fine with me too. I can choose to help them, or not. Mostly, I do.
Then there are those bloggers raising money for a charity close to their heart. They might be fundraising for medical charities after surviving an illness, or running a marathon to help out an animal rescue shelter. If they ask me to support them through a valid donation site, that’s fine with me as well.
However, I have noticed a recent trend is on the increase, and I don’t care for that at all. I saw on the sites of a few new followers that they are asking me to ‘Buy me a cup of coffee’.
In other words, send them some money that they may or may not spend on coffee. Why would I do that? I don’t ask anyone online to buy me anything, let alone the coffee I drink. You people are embarrassing yourselves, believe me. This is just begging by electronic means. I think it has no place on blogging platforms. Anyone else agree?
Then there are the ‘blatant’ beggars.
They put things like this on their sites. “If you enjoy this blog, please consider making a donation so I can continue to keep blogging”. Or, “Donate now, to see more great stuff”.
These bloggers have ‘Payment’ buttons on their sites, linked to companies like Paypal or Western Union.
Why would I ever want to send money to a stranger so that they can continue to blog? The platform is FREE, let’s not forget that. It costs them nothing except for their time, and if that is so valuable to them, I suggest they get a job instead.
So, buy your own coffee, and pay for your own time at blogging.
And if you are just blogging to beg for money, be honest about it.