Online crowd-sourcing is a great way to support your cause, whether you are doing artwork, streaming, doing for charity or help fund an indie game. Sometime asking for money online can lead to people talking advantage of you and using it as a scam. You must be careful of doing this because you don’t know that person is credibility or not. For example, someone made a GoFundMe to get a McDonald’s Big Mac (lol), What about a guy using GoFundMe to buy his girlfriend a wedding ring to purpose to her and this is the kicker and this person uses GoFundMe to tickets to a Chicago Cubs game. This is a bad idea to use online crowdfunding but a good way is getting someone in school, a homeless project to find people to a place to stay and help fund a studio for business. If you are not doing for a good cause than you’re a bad person and take money for your personal greed. As for myself I got a donate button on my blog, YouTube and Twitch channel. I only use it for future projects like giveaway or charity, equipment and video games to review and stream. But I got a full-time job but I am hoping to go into self-employed soon. Note: I don’t ask for donation what so ever I work for it, I don’t care if it takes 20 years or 500 blog post to get it. I will wait for the right time for donating and it’s optional. To my readers who are supporting my blog you don’t have to give me a dime if you don’t want to. You can share my blog posts on social media, like my post or comment and tell me know you think. That’s support is more appreciate than money always and the positive feedback.
As for online panhandling, don’t do it evening you are a content creator or streamer. I know you don’t have the funds or income on continuing what you love to do other than being miserable at a job you hate. You can find other ways to make passive income and have a plan b. As you know there is an ad boycott going on YouTube, where Content Creator are losing revenue due to advertisers pulling off their ads because of racism, bullying and terrorist content on YouTube. Content Creator who have a large following turn into their fans and ask them to fund their channel because they want to lose it. Some donate and some didn’t because you get comments like “get a real job” or “that’s what happen in you make money off of someone’s content”. Let me tell you something these YouTubers and Streamers had a real job but didn’t work out for them. So they found a platform to express themselves because they couldn’t at a real job and have a passion on what they want to do in life. To tell them go get a real you don’t support or not a fan of them and maybe jealous. So don’t pay them no mind and create what your heart’s desire. As for asking for money online, just be careful on doing it. In the offline world, panhandling annoys people especially went they stand of a business establishment. They will say “you got some change” or “can you buy me something to you” there is two thing you can do give them some money or ignore them. That’s the same for online crowdfunding, make sure you work for those donating and earn you readers, subscribers and followers respect and if they love what you do. You will see money coming in but if they don’t you will see no result.