A Reoccurring Consideration

I have questions, I am hoping that those with experience will offer up their thoughts.

Every time I get the notification that WordPress is having its half off weekend, I consider upgrading to a paid site. Yet, I hesitate.

I want to upgrade so that I could monetize the site in the way of a donate button. I really do not wish to promote any sites or goods or services. I prefer to remain neutral and out of that form of monetizing. Because I don’t see it in me to push something unless I have full belief in what ever it is.

But, the donate button, seems wrong as well. I know, I know, this is incorrect, but to me, it feels almost like standing on the street corner with that cardboard sign. The words, will write for coffee, splashed across the board in cream colored lettering. 

Should I decide to give it a try though, is it worth it? Do people really donate enough to cover the cost of the site? Would it be better to have something separate for the donors? Thank you for the dollar, here is a poem or a video just for you. What about pod casting?

Once upon a moment, someone mentioned that it felt wrong to them and if they wanted to earn money off their writing, they would write a book. But without editors and publishers, self publishing also costs money. That catch 22 thing.

It also bothers me that I want to share my thoughts without conditions. Blogs should be free, so does adding a donation button make it, not free? Because of course donations are voluntary out of the goodness of the reader’s heart and wallet.

I don’t write a how to blog, or a travel, food, fashion, health blog. I write inspirational, hope this encourages you blog. Would a blog, such as mine, as is, doing any good monetized?

And the reason this has crept around yet again, while my retirement does pay the regular bills, suddenly this month I have a few unexpected that hurt. I can’t currently go back to work due to my parent’s needing me at odd times and for sometimes odd reasons. I don’t mind and am very glad I can be here. I’m not alone in helping them, but I am the daughter who lives next door and readily available. And no, someone once upon a moment ago, asked about me checking in to being their paid caregiver. I did, and they don’t qualify. But all that is beside the point.

Is it worth upgrading to be able to add the donation button and what methods make it a better success?

Some times you simply need to reflect on what is and what may be capturing it as best you are able.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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8 Responses to A Reoccurring Consideration

  1. John says:

    A good question, Rebecca. I’ve been blogging for over ten years, most of that time here on WP. My thoughts on this are that it’s not worth an upgrade unless you need more storage space for your photos, videos, and more. A donation option may not help cover your costs, that’s a guess of course. I have the Business plan solely because of the high volume of photography I upload. Having access to tons of plugins is nice though, they expand what you can do with your website many times. That’s how I have the local weather in the sidebar. But, that option is $300 per year… Too expensive really!

  2. Howdy Rebecca. Those are some great questions. I have maintained mine (I have 4) on the free version so far. I have thought of upgrading my main on though. The benefits, it seems to me, are the features you can get. I would imagine a donate button might not pay for it but that probably is not the point. Are the features (and can you really enable them technically) is the thing to thing through.

    You can add a donation button on your current version. A lot of people use PayPal for that type of thing.

    Please let me know if I can help.


    • Thank you. I will be up front and honest in that I am absolutely technologically beyond illiterate. I scrolled through the wordpress info and ever option said you had to have a paid site, even for donations.

  3. leendadll says:

    I can’t offer an opinion on upgrading. I created a Donate post when I needed help with expenses to TNR cats and got substantially more donations than I expected – mainly from people who have been blogger friends for 10+ years.

    I don’t like paid sites because they only display excerpts in the reader and I have to click thru to read more. I very rarely do that.

    But, that said, I’d see if there’s a Donate widget that you can put on your site. It won’t show in the reader but will be displayed to desktop and web viewers.

  4. Rebecca, sorry, I meant to circle back to this earlier than now. Of course WordPress wants you to upgrade. That is how they make money. That would allow you to use their Widgets. There is a way to get around this on the free version. It is a little complicated but feel free to reach out to me at michael.w.wilson@outlook.com and I can try to walk you through it.


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