If you are celebrating “Holidays” instead of Christmas, this still applies:
It seems each year that the Emily Posts and other police persons of civility in society come out and tell us how we should be tipping various persons with whom we have casual acquaintance, passing relationships or other connections. I have seen holiday-based tipping guides for various providers of indispensible service for Daycare Providers, Hair Dressers, Garbage Collectors, Mail Delivery persons and a host of others. There are amounts and recommendations available to anyone with a Google screen handy.
What about your favorite Bloggers? I ask.
I stumbled upon this article the other day: Tipping Your Blogger. At first I got the laugh as it was no doubt intended. Then I started thinking. ‘Why not?’ Bloggers are an indispensible source of news, knowledge, tips, and entertainment in general. If not that, we also spend many hours filling your empty spaces with something other than empty space.
When you walk past the man on the street playing guitar before an open guitar case, you toss in a few coins in appreciation. So, as Bill Murray’s character in Caddyshack said to the Dali Lama for whom he had just caddied, “”Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?”
Here is my virtual tip jar, my open instrument case, my outstretched hand, my bell hop rocking expectantly on his heels at your hotel room door. Toss a quarter at the jar and have the satisfaction of helping the less-fortunate! (I will be a little more fortunate for every quarter I receive!)
Of course, if you don’t tip, God won’t call me home, the blog industry won’t collapse (who would read a blog in bankruptcy-there’s no resale value), and we won’t take up a second collection. We won’t lay off our staff (there is only one of me after all), raise our prices (we don’t charge), outsource our entries, or move our computers off shore. Rest assured we will still be blogging in 2009. No Pressure!
Just be mindful of the many people who bring you your blogs throughout the year and remember them at least with a kind comment, a gentle link, and a warm feeling.
Have a great holiday season.
Rikk Flohr © 2008