East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Buy me a coffee?


Yes, there’s a Buy Me a Coffee button in my sidebar.
It’s been there a few days, and it looks like this…

Buy Me A Coffee at Ko-Fi.com

Should you click it, you’ll be offered the opportunity of… well, as you can guess, buying me a coffee – or more than one, should you feel like – through PayPal.
And since I don’t drink coffee, I might use those money to, say, buy a domain for Karavansara, or a better template; or I might employ that cash to promote online my ebooks, or buy cover art for my ebooks, or to buy gifts for my long-suffering editors… you get the idea.

Now, I was told so many times that putting donation buttons, Amazon product links and Amazon shops and other commercial links on a blog is in poor taste…
hugsI was told so many times you can’t blog for money…
I was called a tramp for saying that a few cents might be fun to have after all the writing…

… hell, I was publicly slammed for (supposedly1) trying to make money with my Italian blog by a guy that tried to sell his own blog’s brand T-shirts in the same article!

In other words, basically, I was told so many times that this is a no-no, that as soon as I discovered ko-fi.com, I decided to use it.

After all, I only had to place the button on my blog.
Everything that comes afterwards depends on you.
You can use it, or ignore it – the overall performance of Karavansara and your experience of its contents will not change.

Nor will I start writing differently because now I might get a tip out of it.

So, let’s see what happens.
What do you say, was this really such a terrible breach of etiquette?

  1. actually I have no time to waste with lost causes, so I never tried making money with my Italian blog – but you know how these mind-readers are, they know what we are thinking better than we do ourselves. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “Buy me a coffee?

  1. Thanks! Ko-Fi is a great alternative to advertisements and affiliate links. It’s much more polite than asking for money too.

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  2. How have you found using the Ko-Fi button? I recently added a ‘buy me a coffee’ button on our site as well, but I’m not too familiar with Ko-Fi and whether it is totally legit, or works well. I’ve tried searching for some reviews on it, but haven’t had much luck. Interested to hear how you’re finding it.


    • Hi!
      As far as I know, the Ko-Fi button is perfectly legit, and it works – I have received some donations on my PayPal account.
      Of course, much depends on the generosity of your readers, but from the technical point of view, the widget works just fine.


  3. How are you finding the ko-fi button? We’ve just added it on our site as well. I haven’t found many reviews on it.


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