Personal Musings

Buy Me a Coffee

How you can support my writing and creative endeavors as an independent writer

After getting feedback on a recent post, I’ve decided to switch gears a smidge on implementing a paywall directly to my site. This allows me to keep my site free-to-all to read while giving you, my reader, multiple options to support my work.

Regardless of which option you choose, you can visit my Buy Me a Coffee page to contribute.

Monthly membership

If you are able, I would kindly ask you to consider a monthly membership. The cost is $5/month.

Tip jar

There’s a second option which is a tip jar. If you read a post that you find value in or a good laugh, now you can show your support by dropping a few bucks in my hat. How often you choose this option is up to you. It does not require a monthly membership.

What I believe:

  • Musicians should get paid for their music,
  • Artists should get paid for their art, and
  • Writers should get paid for their words.

Count me in the latter group. It’s why I joined as a writer on Medium recently (another option for you to support my work). I’ve written for fancy and not-so-fancy magazines, newspapers, websites, Fortune 500 corporations and so on, but I’m an independent writer at heart. I don’t believe in gatekeepers. I believe in direct access with my readers and Kevin Kelly’s theory of 1,000 True Fans.

I chose Buy Me a Coffee for a few reasons:

  1. As a supporter, you don’t need to sign up for an account (unlike with Patreon and Ko-Fi). It’s quick and easy.
  2. Buy Me a Coffee allows me to roll out Extras to my supporters who choose a monthly membership. I plan to get creative with this, but access to non-site content will be top of the list. This may be early or exclusive access to short stories, poetry, 1:1 coaching, and so on.
  3. It’s secure as secure can get and allows for multiple payment types (credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay).

One last nudge

I can’t speak for you but I can find many ways to blow $5 a month in less than five minutes by rolling on over to 7-Eleven or Dairy Queen. I quit eating ice cream (I know) but my kids still ride the ice cream train and a small Blizzard now costs more than $5. That’s nuts (wait, that’s an extra charge)! And people wonder why that Oliver Anthony song debuted number one out of nowhere.

So buy me a coffee, will you? It’s a metaphor for supporting my work monetarily. I’m actually a tea drinker 🙂