One of the least popular comments I ever made was a few years ago, on the blog of someone who asked the visitors who read his blog regularly, to show their support by donating funds to keep his bank balance healthy as he was spending so much time blogging that he was not earning as much as he could be, offline.
I strenuously disagreed with his request and made my opinion known. However, the blogger had his share of sycophants and needless to say, you could have hacked off my little Catholic corner of cyberspace with a motherboard after I clicked ‘post comment’.
Now ‘for the record’, I don’t disagree with bloggers placing a paypal button or a ‘Tip Jar’ icon on their blog so that readers can show their appreciation for a blogger if they choose to, and I certainly don’t have a problem with bloggers who offer a service other than writing blog posts, trying to make a living, or at least a little side earner, via their blog. There are bloggers who are for example, authors selling their wares in physical or digital format via the internet, I happen to think that’s pretty cool!
I’ve purchased from bloggers in the past, and one blogger who IMO provides a great service to the Church and to the Catholic Blogosphere, is the Catholic Apologist Dave Armstrong. I bought a disk from him about a year ago containing numerous apologetics books he’d written that I can now access on my laptop/computer at my leisure and though I haven’t made good use of it yet or even had time to dip into it, I know that it’s there at my fingertips when I want to do so…and the same quantity of physical books rather than the CD version, would have cost me much more…well I simply wouldn’t have been able to purchase them. If I remember correctly, Dave was in a pretty tough place financially at the time and he dropped the price of the disc to considerably less than it was actually worth in an effort to continue to support his family financially.
Well I like it when i see my fellow Catholic bloggers taking the initiative to help themselves or to help others. Right now, one of my blog buddies is trying to raise funds for a very worthwhile endeavour, which will involve him cycling some 90 kilometres/55 miles each day over two days, raising funds to help build and/or repair several schools in Asia, Africa and South America.
You can reach Owen’s personal fundraising page by cicking THIS link and you can read more about the Chalice Catholic Sponsorship Programme HERE. The Ontario “Cycling for Children” fundraising bicycle tour benefits Chalice, which is a registered Canadian charity (Registration #13759 1012 RR0001) supporting 38,000 children in 15 developing nations.
I know these are hard times for many of us financially, but if we can just do without our Starbucks coffee for day or two (I must admit, I’ve never had one myself and don’t intend to either) or make our own sarny’s for lunch tomorrow instead of spending a fiver on canteen food or take out or a packet of cigarettes…then maybe we can throw a few quid/dollars etc, into the Chalice kitty instead?
If you know Mr Owen Swain as i feel I have come to know him over the last couple of years, you have to also know that his heart is all about service and doing the right thing when called to do something, whether that be in leaving his protestant pastoral ministry which meant losing the job associated with it, because he heard God calling him to the Catholic Church and obeyed….( the upheavel and uncertainty that followed for his family, can you imagine it!)….or whether that be in cycling 90 kilometres a day to raise money for children in need….yup, Owen is most definately a man of action!
Now, if you’re like me, you don’t necessarily have much to give ….. so BLOG about this worthy cause and bring this to the attention of those who CAN give. So all I can ask of you is that if you have £1 or $1 (or whatever your currency is) to spend on a coffee tomorrow, why not spend it in a way that will make a real difference to someones life…. and hey, don’t you know, coffee isn’t that good for you anyway!
…but getting back to my opening statement….I do so often go adrift don’t I?…..to me it seems a little arrogant to assume that one’s blog entries are worthy of ‘pay to read’ status.
Would you pay a blogger to blog?
What say you?
p.s this isn’t a trick question, if you say ‘yes’, you won’t suddenly see a tip jar appearing on my blog, I promise!