Thanks for the coffee

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Nine months ago I stopped showing ads on this site, and replaced them with a donation button at the bottom of most posts. It asks you to buy me a coffee, a $3 US donation. But really, I’m using it to buy film and cameras and other photographic things to share with you here.

I figured I’d get at most a few donations. But to date, you’ve bought me 79 coffees. Thank you!

To my great surprise, that is a larger amount (even after PayPal’s fees) than I made in any nine months of running ads.

I used coffee money to buy the two packs of Polaroid film I featured today. Whoo-wee, is that stuff expensive at $25 per pack!

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Like I said when I killed the ads and added the donation button, the small stream of income is nice, but not necessary. I can afford my photography and blogging expenses. I just want to offer an opportunity for you, if you like, to partner with me to fund more film, cameras, and adventures. If you do, you can click this “Buy me a coffee” button to send me $3. My favorite color film costs about $3 a roll, so it’s perfect.

Clicking that button can be your way of saying you appreciate my work and want me to keep at it. But if you never click that button, you’re welcome and wanted here.


9 responses to “Thanks for the coffee”

  1. Dan James Avatar

    Congrats Jim, and the best part of this is that you’ve had more donated willingly than you made through ads, with the added bonus of not having ads polluting your site!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I don’t think I agree that the ads polluted the site; they were two small ad boxes at the bottom of each post. But they were in fact low quality ads and I’ll be shocked if anybody ever clicked on them. It is gratifying that people are donating, which I didn’t expect in the volume I’ve received it!

      1. Dan James Avatar

        Polluted might have been a strong word, you know how I hate ads! Regardless, this is a double win, well done Jim!

  2. David Avatar

    Your posts are quality Jim, well deserved. BTW, what is your favourite colour film at $3 a roll. I expect that’s a $6 cup of coffee here in Canada lol

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I shoot a lot of Fujicolor 200, which I can get for just over $3/roll in four-packs of 24-exp rolls. The $3 is more a symbolic thing than anything else, really!

  3. DougD Avatar

    Hmm, was hoping to buy you a coffee in real life sometime. Not too likely now!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It could still happen one day!

  4. Sam Avatar

    Good useful post Jim! I always wanted to try this but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve donated to sites under pseudonyms because I never like people to know it’s me but I’ve never tried the donation stuff myself. Just like you I can buy my own photography stuff but a little extra is always nice and honestly the ads never cut it!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I had reservations about it at first, because I didn’t want to make it feel to anyone like I was going begging. But I got some advice that perhaps some people would be pleased to feel like a partner or a patron of my work. So I did Ko-Fi, which is super easy to set up and use.

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