I’ll share a story how I get my first “coffees” on Ko-Fi, a place where you can get few bucks from people who would like to support you.
Or to use existing tweet:
It feels nice. I would suggest everyone to try new things every day. Switch yourself from “nobody will do that” to “let’s try this” mode.
I’ve put the ko-fi button on my blog without expectations. No big plans. More like to have it ready if someone would like to support what I’m doing. The text below is my attempt to warm up a visitor. You can see it on the right panel probably.
Imagine we met at a conference and I talked about things from this article. You found it very useful and offered to buy me a coffee, so we could continue our talk at a booth, waiting for that next session we agreed to go together. I wouldn’t have anything against it. Next time it’s on me!
It happened that a person I’ve helped recently with something completely unrelated to the blog spotted it here and wanted to “buy me a coffee”. Nice feeling. Although I didn’t expect it to come like that, other way around. I was thinking more like – one day there will be a killer article, and I don’t want to miss a chance to “be supported”. After I’ve shared that generic tweet about it, I get one more coffee. The power of Twitter.
Kofi platform offers you to create goals. But instead of creating some generic “I want a new computer” goal, I’m having a set of small goals that would help me improve myself. So it’s more like a general goal, split into smaller ones. I’ve started with the books. It felt natural choice. So, each of my Ko-Fi goals would be some book. I would buy it then for Kindle (that’s the price I’m putting on the goal).
The moral of the story – Go and set up those kofi, buy me a coffee, paypalme, patreon, whatever buttons next to your blog/profiles. You’re doing things for free anyway. You never know. Maybe there were several times when someone would like to donate you some small tip, but there just wasn’t a way. Provide that way.
But, on the other hand, you need to provide a good content too. Well, I can’t teach you that part. If I could, I would teach myself first.
If you have spare minute or two, go to my blog and check what I’m usually writing about. Maybe you’ll find something for yourself.
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