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Polaroid of Auden and Chicken

A Web Monetization Story

Software License: Apache 2.0 Assets License: CC BY 4.0

An interactive Web Monetization tutorial for online creators.

This project was originally created during the Betahack "Fix the Internet" Hackathon (August 17th-30th, 2020) and has since become a subproject within The Akita Project.

Try it out here: https://esse-dev.github.io/a-web-monetization-story/

Demo video: https://youtu.be/EqZIcUXLZgs

Devpost submission: https://devpost.com/software/borzoi

Drag and Drop Javascript Library: https://github.com/bevacqua/dragula


A Web Monetization Story is a website that seeks to help creators understand how simple it is to enable Web Monetization on their own sites. The story of Auden and Chicken aims to engage users and help them relate to — and understand the purpose of — Web Monetization. It includes a simple drag-and-drop tutorial to show the basic steps needed to get Web Monetization running on a site. We want to make the tutorial easy and fun, and ensure it is easily understood by those who are less technical.

A Web Monetization Story starts off with an introduction to Auden, an androgynous creator who recently came across Web Monetization and integrated it into their blog. As a digital creator, Auden is always looking for new ways to support themself financially. At the same time, Auden wants to make sure that readers have a good experience on the site, so integrating ads into Auden's site didn't sit well with them. Web Monetization was especially appealing to Auden, not only because it provides a new stream of revenue, but also because the community surrounding the concept strongly values openness, fairness and inclusivity.

Following their personal introduction, Auden provides step-by-step instructions on how to integrate Web Monetization onto a site. For each step, a puzzle piece containing simple code can be dragged and dropped by a user into the sample website html provided. Auden provides personal anecdotes about their process in enabling Web Monetization on their site, as well as context and reasoning for simple code that is added. The tutorial starts off with the basics needed to enable Web Monetization (adding the monetization meta tag) and progresses into a further example on how to customize a visitor’s experience on the site using the Web Monetization JavaScript API (showing a “thank you” note to visitors supporting the site via Web Monetization).

The main Web Monetization concepts introduced in the tutorial include:

At the end of the tutorial, Auden presents a handful of resources that a user can leverage to continue on with Web Monetization and join the Web Monetization community. Users can also download or copy the sample code and view the sample code on Github.

Finally, Auden closes out the story with a thank you page and a user can choose to start the story again.

Overall, our project provides an interactive story and tutorial that introduces creators to Web Monetization — guiding them through how easy it is to start monetizing a website using Web Monetization.


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