Allow me to quote myself from the Preface of my book:
So I write that, and then I put a PayPal Donate button on my site? What am I? Some kind of hypocrite?
Nope. Read on:
Now maybe this sounds like too delicate a Clintonian distinction for you. If so, allow me to explain further.
I don't need your money. I don't even want your money qua money. But I realize that this is America in the early days of the new millennium and that money as a language has acquired a vocabulary well beyond its reasonable scope.
Let me give you an example. A few months ago, someone sent me an URL to a song that a fellow named Chris Chandler had posted for free download on his site. I wrote a blog posting about this.
The song moved me not only because I loved the music. It was also because the song spoke to the very same things I had been writing about in my blog. I hadn't heard similar sentiments anywhere. And I really appreciated hearing Chris' version.
Now Chris had placed a Donate button on his site. So I clicked it and donated him some money.
Here's what I meant by doing that: "Chris, I really enjoyed your song. I found it moving. I appreciate your effort in creating that fine piece, and for posting it for free download. Keep up the good work."
Now I could have just done that. I mean, I could have sent him an email with those words. But, at the time, I didn't feel like writing all that. So instead, I just sent him a donation.
Accordingly, the Donate button on my site means whatever you want it to mean. Simple as that.
I was going to start writing about what I'll do with the proceeds I get from this button. But you know what? I think I'll hold off on being so presumptuous as to assume anybody would actually do that.
There you have it.