So what do you think of http://www.Flattr.com? It's a micro-payment system where you sort of tip people online whose art/content you appreciate. I am really into communities surrounding free content, so I am a huge fan of Flattr because it's encouraging people to support free work. But it sucks that hardly anyone I know--at least in the web fiction community--uses it. And though a lot of other types of bloggers are on it, I haven't noticed too many WordPress-ers with Flattr buttons. Of course, now you can actually flattr people who are on Twitter but not on flattr, but the money doesn't actually get to them until they figure it out and get over there and collect it.
It's a really small community for now and I think that puts people off. I've heard from some ex-flattr-ers that they left last year (when it was new) because they made little/no money. But making lots of money doesn't really seem like the point to me (though some people with large followings have made a good income from it). It' s like giving a tip, not paying a salary. It's showing appreciation and helping to support (even just in a small way) people who give away their work for free. "Putting your money where your moth is," as it were. But it seems to be having trouble catching on.
So what do you think about it? Do you think it will ever catch on? Do you want it to?
The blog I need help with is cheapassfiction.com.