I thought about putting a couple blog posts up today but I figured I’d wait until tomorrow. The sad fact about blogging –– and the news business in general –– is that most of your readers come to you as a way to escape the workday, not during their free time.
Anyway, thanks so much for reading AustinPolitics.NET these last few months. I’m excited to begin the first full year of APN. In the coming weeks, I plan to roll out a subscription model that I believe will make this site even more valuable to readers.
While the blog will remain free and open to all, I will begin offering a daily email newsletter with commentary and analysis on the most important news shaping local government. Those who pay for that newsletter will not only be gaining a convenient glimpse of the day’s news, but they will be supporting my ability to dedicate time to in-depth local political reporting for AustinPolitics.NET.
Currently, I’m doing this during my free time, while I spend most of the workday on the journalistic and copywriting ventures I depend on for income. If I can begin to generate even a modest amount of income from this blog, however, I will be able to reduce my commitment to my other work to focus on what I really want to do all day: research and report on city politics.
It is especially important that I figure out a way to do this now, since in a few months my wife and I are due to expand our family, and from what I’ve read about babies, I don’t imagine that I’ll be able to count on three hours of uninterrupted free time between 6 and 9 a.m. every morning to blog.
Anyway, I will present more details on these plans soon. Right now I’m thinking the subscription will be $10/month. I believe that is a fair price that will allow me to both make the newsletter accessible to a wide range of people and generate enough revenue to support 3-5 daily articles on the blog.
Please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com if you have any thoughts about the subscription model or opinions about how I could improve anything about AustinPolitics.NET.