Before I get to my report of how I supported some Free this month, I want you to know about a pretty cool day, organized by the folks at Flattr.
Pay a Blogger Day is tomorrow (Tuesday, November 29th). The idea is that, if you read and enjoy blogs, you take this day to say “Thank you” to your favorite bloggers by paying them something tangible. You could click on their donation button, or their Flattr buttons, or buy something in their online stores.
As you might imagine, I love this idea! Go forth and appreciate your favorite bloggers, OK? And if you’re a Flattr user yourself, comment here and I’ll come Flattr you!
Image by tonx, via Flickr
Now… in other news, here’s how I supported some Free in November.
I finally got off my patootie and made a donation to Wikipedia. Seriously, I use it a dozen times a week, and if there’s any site to which I owe a debt of gratitude, it’s that one.
What websites do YOU use all the time for free? Is there any way you can offer a little support?
I also had an interesting experience with a fellow blogger, Linda. I’ve read Linda’s illustration blog for a while now, but I had no idea she had other creative bloggy enteavors going on. That is, until I saw this post in my pingbacks.
In it, Linda writes honestly about her stuggles with sustainability – about how much Free she’s sharing, and how few sales are coming back. I think it’s a brave and important step for any of us to be open about our challenges. How else are our readers supposed to know there’s an opportunity to offer meaningful support? So I ordered a new copy of her excellent zine, Persieri.
But more importantly, I was able to share with Linda that, until that post happened, I wasn’t even aware that she has multiple blogs and online stores. We had some productive dialog about how she might make these channels more visible.
In talking about our challenges, we come closer to finding solutions. If you’re having trouble making your blog sustainable, I really encourage you to talk with your readers about it.
Image by Dana Rocks, via Flickr. This is not me, by the way.
Thank you, as always, for witnessing this little project, which I’m proud to report is in its 11th month. Turns out, it’s not at all difficult to integrate regular community support into even my tight budget. How are you supporting your community? I’d love to hear – please leave a comment!