Word is popping up in numerous places across the blogosphere of Andrew Sullivan taking his blog and crew bareback into 2013 upon the expiration of his contract with Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast, relying neither upon corporate wages nor upon advertising, but solely upon subscriptions from readers.
When queried whether they, too, would pay Sullivan’s $19.99 apiece per annum for the privilege of reading Alexandria, the email response from our dedicated readers was uniformly fast and furious:
“Would I!” – Claire M.
“A bargain at twice the price.” – Drew Foster
“I can’t believe it’s been free this long.” – Connie G.
“Absolutely. Where do I subscribe?” – Jeff Turbot
“Sure. I’ve been disappointed with Netflix for awhile now” – (name withheld by request)
“Per month might be a little steep, but for a whole year? A steal!” – Blaine C.
“Sign me up!” – Cindy D.
“Smart move. You may lose a little on each reader, but you’ll make it up in volume.” – Jason T.
“I’m in!” – (name withheld by request)
“Do it!” – Brennan O’Reilly
“Makes sense. You always get what you pay for.” – Trisha S.
And I could go on and on with literally hundreds of additional responses just like the ones above.
Nonetheless, while we will do whatever we can to help our Authors achieve success, monetary and otherwise, in their endeavors outside this blog, Alexandria will never go subscription nor be monetized in any way. I am certainly not against receiving money – indeed, I have spent a lifetime in its pursuit – but in this venue the process simply becomes more of a hassle than I wish to become entangled with.
H. M. Stuart