Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
That’s right. I’ve name-checked Amanda Palmer again, but not to get beaucoup visitors via Twitter. This time it’s to reinforce her concept of supporting writers/musicians/artists (and anyone else you have a thing for) with small financial donations. Palmer’s all for sharing creative properties like songs, if it’s balanced with sliding-scale love donations as well. Her famous Kickstarter campaign is the gold standard.
So yesterday, out of the blue comes a tweet in my inbox saying, “I just put $5 in your #Koomkey #tipjar!” Say wha? At first I thought it was some kind of promotional scheme, as is ham-handedly popular on the Twitter, but I checked it out — it came from a fairly new follower (@TheresaLargusa — thanks again, Theresa!) — and found that it’s real, it’s legit, and it’s a terrific way to show support for your favorites with donations as small as 25 cents.
Koomkey is the brainchild of Joseph Lacko, who explains the whole thing in this YouTube video. And, by the way, following up on Theresa’s donation, Joseph kicked me a buck too! You can read a little bit more about the service here. After the perfectly reasonable 10% service fee, I’m sitting on $5.40 in virtual cash!
As Lacko says, the current way to reward people online (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is with Likes, which have the nutritional value of Styrofoam chips. Now you can dispense appreciation in a way that can actually add up, and those you give to can pay it forward.
I’m keeping an eye on Koomkey.
Oh, and please pop over and visit Theresa’s blog too: Semi-Daily Scribbles. Poetry, flash fiction, and great photos.