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Changes are coming to ForwardKY

Three important things that you need to know about, including a new newsletter

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There are three changes coming to Forward Kentucky, and we want to tell you about them. Some may affect you, some may not – but in any event, keeping all our readers up to date is important to us.

1. Adverts on the site

For a long time, we have resisted putting ads on the site. We think they make the site look a little trashy, and they obscure the content to some extent. Nevertheless, we are adding them to the site.

Why? For two important reasons:

  • To add a revenue stream, small though it may be.
  • To encourage people to become paying members – because paying members don’t have to put up with ads.

Which leads to our second change:

2. Membership levels and perks

We considered ending the free membership, in hopes that more people would become paying members. But, after studying the readership numbers and habits, we learned that a goodly number of free members are regular readers on the site. Even so, we want there to be a clear value difference for each membership level (free to patron to partner). So, here are the membership levels with perks.

Level Not a member Friend Patron Partner
Cost None Your email address $5 a month or $55 a year $9 a month or $99 a year
Articles Can read up to
9 a month
Can read all articles
on the site except
the few Paid-Member-Only
Can read everything
on the site
Can read everything
on the site
Ads Sees ads Sees ads No ads No ads
Available
newsletters
None Weekly Member Update
Action Alerts
Weekly Member Update
Action Alerts
Daily Headlines
Weekly Member Update
Action Alerts
Daily Headlines
Bruce’s Take
KYGA Update
Other
benefits
None Add comments to articles Add comments to articles
Use Bill Trackers
Use Election Central
Add comments to articles
Use Bill Trackers
Use Election Central
Personal Bill Sheet
Free entry to special events

3. A “Daily Headlines” or “Daily Summary” newsletter and article

A number of readers have indicated they feel overwhelmed with the amount of information hitting them every day, both on our site and in general. Therefore, I am considering doing a Daily Summary newsletter and article. (Doing it as both a newsletter and an article means you could either get it in your inbox, or read it on the site, or both.) It would contain the headlines for that day, focused on KY, with links if available, and the list of stories published on our site that day. As you can see above, it would only be available to paying members.

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Okay, that’s the summary. Thoughts? Feedback? Feel free to leave them below. Thanks! And thanks for being a reader of Forward Kentucky!

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Bruce Maples

Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)

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