A plan for you
I have been touched by your comments on the post announcing the impending requirement of digital subscription at Baltimoresun.com. I have been particularly touched by word from the people who indicate that they intend to subscribe so that they can continue to read and participate freely. I am in sympathy with those of you in the trans-Patapsco region who say that you cannot or will not subscribe, but your loss would be a blow to the little community of Wordville. And I do have a suggestion for you.
But first, a couple of technical matters. Some have inquired how the fifteen free page views a month will operate. If you open up the main blog site, you will be able to to read about two weeks’ worth of posts as a single page view. But every time you click on the comments to a post, that is another page view. If you return to comments to catch with the discussion, that will be a page view each time.
If you come to a specific post, from a link on Twitter or Facebook or elsewhere, you will see the text of the post and the attached comments as one page view.
Some have inquired about the possibility of some kind of limited, discounted subscription. Nothing like that is in the works at the moment, though alternatives may certainly be considered as we see how the subscription model operates and what the readers want.
Now the suggestion.
If you believe as a fixed principle that blogs ought to be free, I can’t help you. But if you are disinclined to subscribe to the entirety of Baltimoresun.com just to read and comment here, let me try to reframe the matter for you.Don’t think of it as subscribing to Baltimoresun.com; think of it as subscribing to me.
For a little over three dollars a week, you get the blog posts, which are averaging one a day or more. At roughly 500 words each, that’s about 180,000 words a year, more than a Harry Potter novel. How much would you pay for a book of 180,000 words? But wait—there’s more. You also get the ability to comment and respond to comments, to take part in the conversation. You get the video joke of the week—I just recorded another half-dozen yesterday, a couple of which are actually funny. And there’s the word-of-the-week vocabulary feature. All for three dollars American.
So give it a little thought. Even if you decide not to subscribe, you can check in on the monthly free views. And if you should miss You Don’t Say and decide you would like to come back and subscribe, I’ll leave a light on in the window.