Welcome to the community, @consistentbenny !
I checked out your blog and read your post on monetizing without advertising. Very interesting, and I’m doing the same thing on my site; that is refusing to plaster it with those annoying ads.
Instead, I’m looking at alternative ways of generating revenue, and Buy Me A Coffee was the most appealing to me. I like much more than Ko-Fi and Patreon. You can’t do very much with Ko-Fi without paying for a membership, and Patreon just takes too darn much of what little revenue I could generate for myself.
Buy Me A Coffee offers so much more and, like you said in your blog post, the name of the service is much more appealing.
The only other revenue generating strategy I’m trying on my blog, which wasn’t mentioned in your post, is SwagBucks. This company deals with rewards points, which you then redeem for gift cards or deposits to your PayPal account. You can earn reward points by either doing surveys or by purchasing merchandise from associated sellers (like Amazon or eBay).
How it works as a revenue generator for a blog is by referrals. If someone clicks on the referral link I have on my site and signs up for the service, I get a small kick-back for every rewards point they make with their account. I’ve only been doing the referral thing for a couple of months so far. But, I have been using SwagBucks when making purchases on Amazon and eBay for a little while now and the cashback does add up.
I’ve claimed a few PayPal payouts and it’s kind of nice getting money back for purchases I would have made anyway. Whether the link on my website generates anything, however, is yet to be seen.
Anyway, that’s my experience so far. Of everything I’ve seen or tried, I think the most hope and potential lies with Buy Me A Coffee. I like the service very much.