For a while, I wrote posts for the Publisher’s Blog (PubBlog) to share both shorter posts that didn’t really need to be on the main page, and news about the site. They didn’t get much play, so I stopped.
But now I’m starting again. Let me tell you why.
As ForwardKY has grown and we’ve gotten more writers, it has become more important that the SITE have its own “personna,” separate from me. My long-term goal, of course, is that we have regular staff, and that the work outgrows what I can do on my own.
In addition, I’ve been looking for additional benefits to give the Patrons who pay for all of this. One thing I can do is to have some content that is Patron-only. It sounds pretty egotistical, I know, but perhaps some of my articles can be worth putting behind a paywall of sorts.
The model for this, which I’ve been quite open about, is Talking Points Memo. This site run by Josh Marshall has been around about 20 years, and does on a national level what I want to do on a state level. They have a membership called Prime, and some of their content is Prime-only, including some of Josh’s Editor Blog. (Yes, shameless copying.)
So, we’ll see how this goes. I realize that limiting readership of some of my posts to Patrons means a fairly limited audience. (We’ve got 47 Patrons right now, plus some holdovers from the old membership model.) But, it’s a risk I’m willing to take, in order to thank those persons who put down $3-6-9 each month.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Feel free to put them in the comments below; all feedback welcome.