David Risley, an iconical blogger, raises the question if blogging is broken and whether in the future, all good information will be locked behind the paywall.
The post is from 2011. Looking back, he predicted correctly how sites will move to membership models.
A membership model is under consideration for P’kaboo and even for Honeymead books, too, but it will not follow the model of Scribd, where “membership” means the reader gets access to all paid content and the authors lose out on any royalties / profits they could have made. This model is a definite no-no for us.
We’re also revising how we handle our FreeStuff, so please, while it’s all still the way it is, if you haven’t helped yourself to your share of free stories & winner novels,
I think, the Gutenberg Project is a wonderful thing and so is IMSLP; readers and musicians have access to thousands of free reads and free sheet music that is all out of copyright. It is slightly unethical if publishers still try to squeeze anything out of Mozart’s compositions, beyond a good layout and sturdy binding; ditto the work of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jules Verne.
But the wave of free information is coming to an end, online…
There is an overkill of not-so-great information, opinion, loud voices and anecdotes; whereas the real rock-solid information is getting harder to come by.
Programming, I find that the wonderful, free online school of w3Schools still helped me from scratch, but often nowadays I have to find my answers in forums, pick them out with searches. I also think I’ll revert to Yahoo as Google has just made their keyword searches weird and wonderful, resulting in the old SEO simply not being as effective.
And as David Risley says, the free sites and the low-cost app stores get people into the frame that $4.99 is a lot to pay for something.
How much do you pay for a hamburger? Can you take your family of 4 out for $4.99? How much is the information (or the entertainment) worth to you?
Come and pick this apart if you like! Let’s have a comments war!
That’s what one gets from thinking only of one side. Here’s the other side:
- Scientific articles are often posted by experts, for free, especially if it helps them point to their website, their expert advice site or something in that line.
- Also, there is a lot of good information being shared (not necessarily by blogging) between people on forums.
- Blogging can also be a tool for a blogger to establish his/her authority in a field.
These are just a few thoughts. What say you?