February 21, 2011

My First Tipjar

I'm a BIG tipper. My hero is the Steve Martin mobster character in "My Blue Heaven" who tips the flight attendant $100 for a drink. Rick Moranis (FBI character) asks him why he is so intent on tipping. He says "I'm not -- I believe in over-tipping."

I'm not that good, but I'm a good tipper, and a big believer in supporting those things in which I believe. Yet I have never once, I don't think, hit a blogger's "tip jar." I consider it a bad business model and am reluctant to support it. I did give Andrew Sullivan money in his first couple pledge drives -- and look at how that investment came out. I bought some blogads on Day By Day for the band and the blog and the coffeehouse that were not 100% media buys.

But "please hit my tip jar?" Never.

Until today. I don't know that a big time Law Professor in the famously generous Wisconsin public sector needs my $20, but I remain impressed at Ann Althouse's on the street reporting and promotion of an important local story with huge national implications. I posit that this would have gone nowhere without her. A commenter led the charge to reward her for doing "what the MSM won't." I could not agree more. There is a PayPal button and an Amazon search on her home page.

UPDATE: Professor Althouse emails "Your contribution is appreciated and encouraging." Now Mom can get that operation, I suppose...

Media and Blogging Posted by John Kranz at February 21, 2011 10:42 AM

Hi TS'ers,

I've read that PayPal is anti-military. Are there suitably reputable alternatives?


Posted by: nanobrewer at February 23, 2011 9:04 AM

At last -- a good reason to dislike them. I fundamentally dislike their service. I live online and have little compunction about most online purchases but PayPal seems so cheesy that I do not trust them with my info.

Yet, as you say, they remain the only game in their space. There are others but none has the critical mass to displace big ugly.

Posted by: jk at February 23, 2011 10:05 AM

I've been reading about Gearpay; www.gearpay.com. I might give them a whirl, as I've barely begun with PP, and my first few months will see low values.

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 24, 2011 9:12 AM

Oh, and for full disclosure; PP isn't anti-military per se, the main stink is they are anti-gun.


It apparently became obnoxious after the eBay buyout.


Posted by: nanobrewer at February 24, 2011 9:14 AM | What do you think? [4]