I’ve turned on a paid subscription service on my Substack account, and I though I should tell you how this works.
I will continue to provide plenty of free content to all subscribers as I promised. Don’t worry about that. But the paid subscriptions will simply open up a bit more content, especially more in-depth articles.
In the early days of the internet, everything was “free.” (Well, somebody was paying for it, just not the consumers.) We could free on blogspot or Wordpress.com. We could run our own space on a variety of “free” hosting services.
But that model was unrealistic. Somebody has to pay for all the infrastructure and software and engineers who keep these systems running.
Plus, content creators should probably enter the free market system. One of my longer blogs usually takes about two to four hours of research, plus another hour of writing. It might be an 8 minute read, but a fair amount of effort goes into that 8 minutes.
So, I think I’ll try making those longer researched articles paid and keep the shorter, narrower posts free. We’ll see how that works.
From a personal perspective, you might know that I hate asking for money. So I’m not going to ask any of my subscribers to switch over to a paid subscription. If you want to, great. I appreciate it. I subscribe to several Substack authors at $5 a month, even though I might not read all or most of their articles. I want people like Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi keeping the world honest, and $5 a month doesn’t seem like a lot to sustain authentic journalism.
With that, I’ll do a little grifting and leave this super easy button for you to click if you’d like to subscribe.
Thanks, and God bless.
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