I know some people have tip jars on their blog, BuyMeACoffee, or Ko-fi. But does anyone make money on these? I’ve written about this before, but I wanted to talk about it again because of something I stumbled across related to our dear friend Sebastian.
BuyMeACoffee shows you when people have bought someone a coffee. Sebastian, the infamous king of blatant serial liking who will often like your post within five seconds of you publishing it, has managed to snag quite a few coffees—53, to be exact (not that I’m counting, or anything…), along with multiple people supporting him as monthly members. If you are familiar with Sebastian, I suspect your jaw will have dropped by now. How does this happen?
A few people thank him for reading/liking their posts. You poor, naïve people! Who are these people, and what is going through their minds? How is it not obvious to all and sundry that Sebastian is not actually reading anything? I suppose it’s not as obvious to people who don’t use the WP Reader, but still, this is not the behaviour of a person behaving like a person.
Tearing my mind away from Sebastian for a moment (difficult as that may be), a lot of people have tip jar-type situations going on. I have nothing at all against that (or attempts to monetize in general), but it always surprises me a bit when people talk about getting tips. Who is doing the tipping?
My line of thinking with this kind of thing is that you’re unlikely to get many tips/coffees from fellow bloggers, because why are they going to tip you for doing the same thing that they’re doing for free? I wonder, too, if niche makes a difference. In the mental illness/chronic illness world, you’ve got quite a few people on disability benefits who don’t have extra money to be sprinkling around.
As I said, I don’t have any problem with people trying to monetize, but in my head, people paying for content seems more likely to happen than tipping. If people can get money with tip jars, that’s awesome; it just surprises me a bit that they do.
If Sebastian can garner that many coffees, though, there are clearly people out there who are willing to tip. And if I seem slightly (or not so slightly) fixated on him, it’s because he fascinates me. As Hetty said, where would any of us be in life if not for Sebastian? I have a hard time wrapping my head around his success with the fake liking, given how obviously fake and gamey it is.
So, tearing myself away from Sebastian again, here’s my question for you: do you have a tip jar or coffee button on your site, and if so, do you ever get tips or coffees?