Online begging…yay or nay?

Fair readers, I need your advice and input. If you read my previous post you are aware that a nasty virus seems to have rendered my trusty 3.5 year old laptop not very usable. I was already on borrowed time with my baby but now it is literally knocking at death’s door. Boo hoo. I have a mini netbook I bought a while back but as I have learned it’s too damn small to be useful for daily work and writing, or maybe its the fact I am getting old. Therefore my age is preventing me from seeing the screen well. I don’t know….

In any event I need a new computer, I use my baby for work and writing, both the blog and my columns that run in the local paper. Obviously I don’t get paid for this blog but I do get paid for my column so a fully functioning computer is essential. Now I have not talked frugality in a while but lets just say slamming down at least $1200 for a Mac is not in the budget and probably won’t be for at least another 5-6 months.

I had pretty much resigned my self to the fact that it would be a while before I had a new computer until I came across a well-known blogger who is holding a fundraiser. Actually I know a few bloggers who have used their blogs as a vehicle to solicit money and then it hit me…hey I could do that? I have to be honest though the idea leaves me feeling a little uneasy. On the other hand I have thrown spare change at causes and I know a little bit of change from a lot of folks can add up.

So I am asking you, what do you think about bloggers and others online who hit you up for money? Is it tacky or a great and ingenious way to avoid debt for a good cause?  Better yet if a sista went that route might you considering helping out? Or maybe I should see if the local strip club needs a black woman with a potbelly.

5 thoughts on “Online begging…yay or nay?”

  1. Died @ Black woman with a potbelly… And girl when I get some extra change I would be more than happy to help. It prolly won’t be much but it will be something.

    Now if you can’t get a Mac, I’m a fan of Gateway. My dinosaur is 9 years old. She has been slicked like three times and she just keeps on kicking. I asked the guy at Best Buy who makes them and he said HP and Gateway merged so I don’t know how that works out. He said not to go under 500 for that brand because they have problems. Whatever you do make sure you get a warranty. I plan to buy a Gateway from Best Buy. I hae had no issues and I like them.

  2. It’s not my cup of tea, on the blog, on social media, wherever (phone calls from “friends” about their latest charity walk…) , but that’s me.

    Also, the laptops the kids use, by Acer, are amazing. and run about $600 or so.

  3. usually has some good deals on computers. You can also try the shopping channels like QVC or HSN where you can buy a desktop or notebook on 3 to 5 easy pays instead of paying for the computer all at once. It’s easy on the budget.

  4. I don’t have a problem with it. I have spent $10-$20 bucks on books that I did not enjoy, so why not chip in to continue your blog, which I enjoy a great deal. Count me in.

  5. I was wary of it until I realized, people are loving my stuffs and do want to help out. I just placed the button on my site and allowed folks to decide what the content was worth to them. Supporting artists, do-gooders and such is my way of tithing since I don’t really go to Synagogue or church much anymore.

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