So thanks to one of my Tweeps out there @RannPatterson, I was introduced to Kachingle. What in the world is Kachingle you might ask? Well, I really like the description they give as a virtual tip jar for content creators.
Many of us out here are creating content for all of you first and foremost because we probably like it, and it makes us feel good that we may actually provide some value to our communities. No, I’m not kidding! This is fun for me!
The content that we create however does take time, and in some cases it also takes money. Heck, time is money, so regardless, we’re paying to do this. Some of us however are fortunate enough to have sponsorship, jobs that pay us to provide the content, or fat wallets that give us sciatica every time we sit down.
Disclaimer: At this point, I don’t qualify for any of the above. I just have some other sustainable endeavors that allow me the opportunity to be here. Remember, it’s because I like it!
Sure, we attempt to generate any kind of revenue we can via ad revenue platforms, affiliate marketing, and some of us even charge a membership fee for our content. I don’t see anything wrong with any of the above, but what about the option for you as a consumer of our content to be able to leave a tip each time you visit our site?
Our community members (as I like to call you) aren’t necessarily always going to click on an ad, or follow an affiliate link to a product or service that we may promote. To me, that’s completely okay as I want the information to be relevant to you. But, if I provide you with some value, would you feel better about leaving a small tip? There must be some intrinsic value in that, or am I just begging at this point? I of course truly enjoy all of your comments and feedback, and that’s a great payment as well so keep it coming. Kachingle just seems like a quick and easy way to show a little extra love around the Interwebs.
Just to let you know, we’re quickly headed into the month of May. What does that mean? Well, I’m shopping for birthday gifts for my wife, youngest son, and my mother. I have my wedding anniversary and two mother’s day gifts to cover. Not to mention school is almost out for the year and I’m having to sign up my kiddos for summer camps and purchasing sporting equipment.
Come on community, help a brother out!
All jokes aside, give Kachingle a try and let me know what you think. Oh, and don’t forget to tip on your way out the door.
[Update]: I wanted to provide a quick update and blast a shout out to Rob with customer care over at Kachingle. So apparently there was an issue with the Medallion script functioning properly due to a conflict with a floating header from a BuddyPress plugin we had activated. We’re about to launch a forum on the site and we were just giving BP a test run (more on that later). Anyway, the engineers at Kachingle are aware of this issue for future reference, but I just took it upon myself to deactivate that plugin as we’re going with another forum platform. Rob, thank you and the engineers that worked on this issue to resolve it. Innovative Nurse is glad to have an active Kachingle Medallion now. The Kachingle support is top notch and we look forward to seeing your growth.
Jump on and be a part of the movement.