Most indie bloggers create content and share it with the world in addition to having a “day job”. Some advertise, take on sponsors, or even accept donations, but still: blogging is usually a labor of love, not a career.
But, let’s face it: how much entertainment and information do you get from your favorite blogs and websites each month? As much as you get from your cable TV or Netflix subscription? As much as your favorite magazine?
Beyond bloggers: what about webcomics or videos? Music? Free apps and software? Charities?
Honestly, I spend far more time on the Internet looking at content that was, for the most part, created for free, than I do with any of those other services.
Enter: Flattr. A relatively new platform for supporting those purveyors of content that you’ve grown to appreciate and love. The concept is simple: designate a certain amount of money each month to Flattr content creators with. Whenever you see something you appreciate, you click the “Flattr Me!” button or bookmarklet. At the end of the month, Flattr divvies up your funds amongst those sites.
I encourage everyone to think about the value of the content they get online beyond the price of their Internet connection. This is a really great way to support the people who are working hard to spread information, art, entertainment, and culture.
If you’ve used Flattr in the past, either as a donater or donate-ee, share your experience in the comments!