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Busking [Nov. 26th, 2008|11:56 am]
Tony Grist
I've done what I was toying with yesterday- and put a PayPal button on my profile page. Does this make me a professional writer? I'd like to think so.

Writing this blog is much more than a hobby. I love doing it, but it's also a kind of work and takes up many hours of every day. 

If you like what I do- and can afford it- I'd be glad of the odd contribution.  No pressure. If I had a placard to display it would read "Three Rabbits to Support".

Christmas is coming,
The goose is getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny
A ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny,
A farthing will do,
If you haven't go a farthing,
God bless you!

[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2008-11-26 12:53 pm (UTC)
Good for you!

How is your sick bunny doing, BTW?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-26 01:42 pm (UTC)
She's home and doing fine- as far as we can tell (rabbits give very little away.)
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2008-11-26 01:09 pm (UTC)
*drops a penny in*

Thank you for your efforts. They bring beauty and courtesy to my day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-26 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2008-11-26 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting the button up. I admit it is now one of my petty annoyances to run into an online content provider who does not give me a way to tip them to show my appreciation.

What a wonderful new world this is, where you can irritate potential customers by not giving them a way to pay you! :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-26 03:23 pm (UTC)
I like that phrase "Content provider". It's almost a job description, almost a title.

What do you do for a living?

Oh, I'm a content provider.

It is a wonderful new world. And to think we're in at the beginning of it!
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2008-11-26 06:06 pm (UTC)
I like the term. Mostly because I no longer want things. I have too many things already. When someone tries to sell me a product—even if it's a book or a print—all I can think is "where will I put it? How will I move it around?" and I am assailed by a great spiritual exhaustion.

Intangible content, though, is no less real to me. I read it, look at it, enjoy it am moved by it... but I don't have to store it somewhere. For the same reason I'll tip a violinist for playing for me in an unexpected place, I will tip the online poet, the photographer who posts her work for free, or the author who lets me download a virtual copy of their work.

It's almost like... paying admission to a museum. Unless you choose to buy a brochure or gift book in the shop at the end, you take nothing away from it but your memories. But we pay admission anyway.

Everyone wins, as far as I'm concerned.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-27 10:04 am (UTC)
I like what you're saying here.

I used to collect things. Books, pictures, DVDs. But most of the things I own are rarely revisited. They just sit there. They're cultural trophies- objects of vanity.
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