Monday, November 26, 2007

Blogger tip jars: not that there's anything wrong with that.

Oh you silly kids with your boring blog tip jars. What am I going to do with you?

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for cyber begging. In fact, I think the world's problems could be fixed if all the people who have too much money gave it away to all the people who don't have nearly enough.

I'm also OK with blog readers tossing some dough in a tip jar now and again. Sure, the internet is all about free content, but it's also true that we blog writers are all about eating. If your favorite blog writer has taken a few days off maybe you should ask yourself if he or she has starved to death and is lying unconscious under their laptop.

I blame the blog writers themselves for not getting huge donations in their blog tip jars. They don't give readers a compelling reason to give them money. A latte? Whatever. Just asking for cash? Come on now.

That's why I produced the Franklin Mint series of Blog Beggars gifs. Feel free to take as many as you like and add them to your blog. I would expect as soon as you implement one of these, you'll be rolling in the dough, so don't forget where you got it. Some link back love would be peachy.

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suburbancorrespondent said...

Not quite desperate enough yet; but I'll probably be back.

Sher said...

I just got tickled last night at the ugly tip jars I saw as I was surfing and the idea of making a "better" one tickled me.

And yes... I tipped some of 'em. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, you know the deal, when I hit #1 on the PHL you get a new Ford (for you I will make an exception) FWD truck, with all the goodies. And I mean ALL, GPS, heated seats, they make it I'll get it for you! We won't even put the company name on the door. How about a nice vanity plate?

Of course there will have to be some concessions on your part.
That will take the funds I was saving for store bought teeth, hair replacement, rhinoplasty, and the rest of the cosmetic surgery.

Sher said...


You know how I love bribery. You're at #5.

karendelaney said...

Hi Sher, I'm desperate enough, so I took your "Hey you! Yeah you reading my blog. Give me a dollar." It is SO ME! I'm too big an HTML doofus to link it to PayPal yet, but it's not like I got anything else to do. I linked you to the post and pinged you. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sher,
I'm overwhelmed. Don't forget the big box of crayons (with the sharpener) in the glove box.
The good ones, none of those welfare crayons. Hmmm.... I think maybe something shiny too.

Leeuna said...

Sher, now I feel just silly. I had no idea that a tips jar was for donations! I thought it was a page of instructional tips that would help bloggers learn how to blog. Duhhh! And just when I thought I knew everything too. shoot!

BTW, I swiped your "I'm out of Xanax" Beggar Banner. I'll share my millions with you, I promise.

Love ya

Flutterby said...

I am gonna have to try one of these. I posted E-cookbook sale links on both my blogs, but I am not holding my breath.

Sher said...


I'm so excited that you pinged me. The last time I got pinged was like a year ago and then I never saw the guy again.


As always, you're walking around in my head. Crayons and shiny things. Who could ask for anything more?


What's up chick? I will expect a large check in the mail very soon.


I officially suck at cooking in the last several years so much so that even a cookbook would offer no help for me. I'm sure when I marry the Toad Suck Guy he'll hire somebody to do it for me, so I don't have to worry.

Anonymous said...

No cookin' for you sunshine!
The oven is broke, and only one burner works down to the old Rollahome. We can just eat out!

Lisa said...

Love the pie and xanax one. I'd probably do better with one of these than Adsense.

Sher said...


OK, we'll eat out but not in a truck stop.


You betcha! Good luck.