Today, we’d like to introduce you to our newest feature at Writer Unboxed: tinyCoffee. TinyCoffee allows us to embed code at the end of our posts, providing you with an option to make a small donation–in line with the cost of a cup of coffee–to the author of that day’s post.
Do you have to use it? Of course not; only if you’re so inclined. But we’re sincerely happy to have a way to offer you this option, and we hope you’ll feel compelled to at least occasionally reward those who generously donate their time to create this site’s rich and empowering content–especially when a post resonates with you and/or you know a lot went into writing it.
We’ve already taken steps to make this feature more user-friendly based upon early critique. Now you can donate as little as $2 to the author of a post, and the font no longer screams at you IN GIGANTIC TYPE. That was our fault, by the way, and not developer Arūnas Liuiza’s, so don’t blame him.
Speaking of Arūnas Liuiza, we want to give him a public shout-out for working with us to customize tinyCoffee for use by our ~50 contributors, when it was originally intended to work with only one person. We’ve donated a goodly number of cuppas to Arūnas in the process, all richly deserved–he made our transaction easy and rewarding–and we hope to work with him again on future initiatives.
Why is WU doing this?
It seems like the right thing to do, doesn’t it, to at least offer the option for readers to give directly to the content creators of this site? We thought so, too. We found a way to make it happen via tinyCoffee and Arūnas’s perfect customizations, so here we are. Easy as
Can I contribute more than $2?
Yes. There’s a sliding bar that will let you choose a $2 donation, a $4 donation (the default), on up to a $20 donation if you want the author of that day’s post to get a serious coffee buzz. (Note: All of Porter’s money will go toward Campari.)
Is all of the money received by the author of that day’s post?
Yes, except for the small amount that PayPal automatically retains in its sticky PayPal net, all of the money goes directly to the author of the post you decide to reward. WU does not take a cut, and that’s just how we want it. We have been very lucky to see a steady stream of subscription donations to the site, which help to keep WU running and with the cost of the this-and-thats, like new plugins and customized theme changes (one of those coming soon). If you’re so inclined, you can learn more about broader site-specific donations HERE.
Thanks for supporting this new initiative.
Questions? Comments? The floor is yours.