The state of our little online community: your input requested
Out of economic necessity / desperation, I’m thinking about taking protein wisdom to the subscription model. In order to sustain the site (and myself, should I entertain returning here with regular content), I need to raise a minimum of $600 monthly.
The problem is, the only people willing to pay for website subscriptions are the die hard regulars, and having been away for so long, I haven’t the foggiest idea how many of those remain — or even if they’d be willing to donate monthly to keep this site going, what with other sites providing “free” content financed by advertisements or paid agreements with satellite sites (for instance, the Hot Air writers each receive in the neighborhood of 10x each what I’d require to keep the site going; PJM contributors likely between 3 – 20x, depending on the contributor).
So. Here’re my questions to all of you. Would you be willing to pay a monthly subscription fee for protein wisdom? If so, how much would you be willing to spend ($5, $10, $20, more / less)? Would you pay for a yearly subscription up front at a discounted rate, or would you prefer a month-to-month model? Do you like the multiple contributor model? Would you prefer more dedicated content from me? Would you be amenable to a part free / part “insider” content model? — a kind of OUTLAW nation within the parameters of a larger site?
Please drop a note in the comments below. If you don’t feel comfortable divulging your identity, use a fake name and email address (problems with trolls and proxy IPs are one of the reasons I’ve decided perhaps to go this route — so smoke ‘em if you got ‘em).
Thanks for taking the time. I’ll keep this post around for about a week or so to gauge the response. I look forward to implementing any changes that need to be made around here in order to keep the site going in a way that works both for its readers/commentators and its content providers.
And I mostly look forward to being able to write here again without the instant personal attacks that seem to crop up in the comments of any post with my byline.
Evidently, I scare the shit out of certain types.