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Why this blog has no DONATE button

Mitch and Rose in our DONATE-free zone

Mitch and Rose in our DONATE-free zone

My client GLADYS proposed the idea to me today, January 30, 2015. It literally had never occurred to me before.

She said, “Rose, I’ve noticed you don’t have a DONATE button at your blog. Why not?”

Since September 8, 2007, I have been building community here. How much time do I spend per week on this labor of love? Easily 15 hours. Probably more.

Here’s how I have thought of this blog so far: Community is needed. Community of this post-New Age kind that I host here at the blog.

Plus I have really loved the idea of offering something to folks that doesn’t include a fee.

Many people are struggling financially. They can’t readily afford my fee for a session or workshop tuition.

True, all the Rose Rosetree books are affordable. This is one of my motivators in publishing those workshops-between-covers. Or, for the eBooks, those “Quick knowledge, systematically taught, like an electronic wink and a smile. Also in your favorite font size.”

One could take the approach, “Donate only if you would like to say thank you. And if you have the funds to spare.”

In which case, I could accept the receiving aspect of the give-and-take dynamic.

Hmmmmmm.

Today’s blog post will be interesting to you mostly if you are would like a rare public outing about what makes Rose Rosetree tick.

Plus you can learn something practical, how I personally made use of…

Thrill Your Soul Aura Reading Research

Which, of course, I did. I’ve got the skills, after all. 🙂

Lo and behold, having a DONATE button is actually a good choice. For me personally.

Results also suggested that this might be helpful for the long-term success of this blog.

The good results came down to valuing the work that I do, the human time spent.

Doing this research, I had to put aside my conscious-level reactions. Strongest of which was equating DONATE NOW buttons with greed or poor-mouthing.

Nothing of that came through in my research. Not until I did follow-up investigation of an entirely different research item: Accept advertising at my blog.

Donating, yes. Advertising, no.

What a riot, the contrast that showed in every single chakra databank when doing the Thrill Your Soul Aura Reading Research. Even though it’s so easy to list reasons in favor of allowing ads at my blog:

  • I could make money.
  • It’s not as though advertising is a rare sight on the Internet.
  • My discerning  blog readers are perfectly capable of saying “No, are you kidding?” to advertisers.
  • Maybe an ad for Hay House Radio, or whatever, would be just what a Blog-Buddy needs. 😉
  • My human hours at the blog would be compensated, and without my having to install a DONATE button.

Sounds fine to the conscious mind. But what happened, when I investigated the reaction at my subconscious mind and aura?

Horror! Revolting! Shut-down! Weakens the blog community! Compromises my own spiritual integrity! Euwwwww!

Okay, I’ll take that as a “No, no way.”

Yet I still refuse to install a DONATE button

Folks, I thought about the idea a bit more. I thought with my conscious mind and feelings, taking the aura reading research into consideration yet balancing that with my regular self-authority.

Exactly what I recommend that any of my clients would do!

Ethically installing a DONATE button still doesn’t feel good to me. Mitch and I are successful with our Mom-and-Pop service, with the sessions and workshops and books. We’re successful enough. Indirectly the free services at this blog do contribute to our success.

Plus it feels cleaner to my conscious mind. My values and Mitch’s, too.

I love educating you’all about this new system that has come into the world bit by bit, this system of Rosetree Energy Spirituality.

Let this blog continue to be my love offering, from my heart and soul and mind and spirit. What better way could I spend a bit of human time?

No need for you’all  to donate, not even GLADYS.

Please accept my thanks to you Blog-Buddies for your participation here, your comments and guest posts.

You make this blog a delight. Thanks for reading, whether lurking or commenting or whatever you like.

 

 

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  1. 1
    Zelda says:

    Rose, I’m glad you’ve chosen not to add a Donate button. I used to read a particular astrologer’s blog and at the end of each post was “I’ve now been providing this service free for 6 years, so please support it by donating or booking a session.”

    I never liked that!

    Felt like being invited for dinner and then asked to pay for groceries on the way out.

    I prefer the clean lines between free, accessible blog posts and fee-based choices. I think it’s better for everyone.

  2. 2
    Sarah says:

    What an enlightening post, Rose! Both specifically about the questions of having a donate button/advertising, and more generally about the emphasis on exercising free will and self-authority, even above the results from Thrill Your Soul Aura Reading Research.

    I found that part surprising and inspiring.

    I also like that one potential consequence of not having a donate button is that readers who still wish to give financial compensation for your work here at the blog could be more inclined to just book a session with you of some sort, or buy a book! I know that I for one will often buy a blogger’s book if I want to support them, even if I know that I won’t have time to read it right away (but intend to someday). I might even splurge for a special edition or autographed version, or buy a copy for a friend, just to give extra support. Oddly, the lack of a donate button might get your work out there faster! But who knows.

    Thank you so much, Rose! And Mitch! For all the work you do, paid and unpaid.

  3. 3
    Lilian says:

    It’s great that you feel so passionately about your work that you don’t feel you need to ask for a donation. It’s easy to see how much time you put into this project and donating might be a good way for blog buddies to let you know that it’s not taken for granted. But if you’re getting enough back without the financial aspect, then that’s just as good.

  4. 4
    David B says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful labour of love, Rose. It introduced me to your work and many improved ways of looking at so many things in life. Love your insights.

    I’d also note that because you’re not a non-profit, donations are less effective for both you and the donator.

  5. 5
    David B says:

    I’ve had similar thoughts about my site.

    The Donate button is how Rick supports batgap.com and even goes to a conference annually. But he has no paying clients and a very large volume of viewers.

    I have an ecommerce cart installed to eventually allow selling books or whatever. The software itself is free but ironically, they charge for 2 extras that would allow setting up donations. It basically doubles the costs I want to recover so I didn’t bother. This stuff isn’t always logical and can massively add complexity.

  6. 6

    Thanks so much, everyone, for all these comments. 🙂

  7. 7
    David B says:

    Rick, btw, became a non-profit so donations function better for everyone.

  8. 8
    Ali says:

    Well you know if you ever had a financial emergency I think there are a lot of blog buddies who would happily help you out, considering how much you’ve enriched our own journeys. Your decision makes sense to me, and personal integrity is worth far more than money!! Thank you for all you do here Rose.

  9. 9

    Sweet, ALI. You’re welcome.

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