Don’t worry, I’m not about to ask for cash.
This Tuesday, 29 November, is officially Pay a Blogger Day. I say officially… someone has decided it would be a nice idea and so they’ve done it. I don’t think there is anything much more formal than that involved.
I don’t know how I feel about it.
Obviously I’m not averse to making the odd pound or two, but I think I would rather it be slightly more indirectly than simply waving an upturned cap and looking expectantly at you, my reader.
I never started blogging to make money. *cue cynical laughter*. No really I didn’t. I’m not saying I had an innocent dream to bring comfort and smiles to the faces of lonely orphans or anything, but I certainly wasn’t looking for straight cash.
The responses I’ve read to the idea of readers paying voluntarily for blog content has been mixed. Some say it’s only fair that if you enjoy someone’s writing, you chuck ‘em a quid or so to show your appreciation. We pay for magazines and newspapers after all right? Others say it undermines the spirit of blogging and just looks desperate, like begging.
Call it blegging if you will.
That’s actually a pretty neat term I reckon. If you hear that anywhere else in the future, remember you heard it here first.
To me though it just seems to bit odd, the argument that just because you find something entertaining, you should expect to pay for it. It feels a bit like going out for lunch with a friend and then saying at the end “Well, I made you laugh seven times, so that’ll be £3.50 please.” Or going for a walk in the park, and having to pay every time you see a beautiful plant or a squirrel or something.
What do you think? Are you a blogger who proudly features a donate button? Does the idea make you cringe with embarrassment? Would you as a reader pay to read your favourite blogs? More to the point, would you give 50p to an amusing squirrel?