Monetization

Hello all! I wanted to let you know that I'm trying an experiment with Write.as' built-in monetization setup. I think this is the least intrusive way to make a little money off of this site; we'll see how it goes.

I've always been anti-ads. I can generally cover my hosting expenses out of my own pocket and I feel that advertising dilutes my point, when and if I have a point. I've tried things like Ko-fi (and you can still drop me a tip that way if you like!) but I haven't loved that either.

I like the route that Write.as has gone with making it easy to use Coil for monetization. The gist is this: if you have the Coil extension installed, and if you have put some money into your Coil account, it will “stream” a little bit of money to me while you read my site. If you read my site for an entire hour it would charge you about 36¢, so it's not exactly break-the-bank territory.

But I like the idea of having a passive way to pay for content if you're enjoying it, and removing the intrusive nature of online advertising from the mix. My goal is to leave my content front and center. No ads, no nag screens, and this is probably the only time I'll even mention it.

If you don't have Coil installed, if you don't pay for my content, then...well, nothing changes. I'll keep writing and you can keep reading what I write. I'm not expecting this to replace my day job, and even if I never make a penny I'll keep writing, if the past fifteen years are any indication. Thank you so much for reading!

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