Both you as the reader and me as the writer enjoy this blog:
- I enjoy writing for you to inform, educate, entertain and distract you. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and receiving your thoughtful comments about them. I enjoy travelling the world to take photos for you.
- You enjoy reading it and you cherish my photography skills. You are impressed by my wit and knowledge (as well as the blatant absence of any modesty). It is your preferred source of information. If you are a student, my blog has helped you to finish papers and assignments. Reading this blog improves your life.
- I have dozens of great ideas every week about what to write. Really brilliant ideas sometimes. But I cannot put them all into writing because I don’t have the time. I have to study and sometimes I also have to work a bit to finance my life. Because I don’t get paid for writing this blog, I cannot always prioritize it. Great ideas remain dormant and eventually wither because of this dilemma.
- You on the other hand don’t want to pay me for writing a blog because you don’t know in advance if you will like my posts (enough). You may enjoy some of my articles, but you find others really silly. You may think that I don’t write regularly enough to warrant an annual subscription fee. A paywall (like my colleagues at the Wall Street Journal, The Times or the New York Times have installed it) is therefore not practical.
I am sure you can detect the vicious circle. But vicious circles are there to break them.
I suggest the following solution:
- You may continue to read the blog for free.
- If you like an article or a series of articles so much that you feel the urge to express your appreciation, you pick a book from my wishlist and send or pass it to me.
- For this, I will reward you with two extra services:
- I will write a review of the book (after having read it, of course).
- You can pick a subject of your choice, and I will write a blog post about it.
- Thank you very much in advance!