Dear readers. Suffice to say that the premium articles did not deliver any financial relief to your beleaguered blogger. How could I refuse those who had ventured £100 in the past year? It was a lot of work but a labour of love. Giving something extra to my most loyal supporters was inordinately gratifying.
I have looked at a number of models and come to the conclusion that a second site, John James II, is the best way to proceed. The original site will continue in its current form. There will be more satire – including The Bears – and a weekly round up of the articles behind the paywall. I would appeal to those who prefer intermittent payments to give as generously as they can. As soon as £100 is contributed one will have access to John James II in 2018.
John James II will feature exclusives and my best writing. It will also feature the comments of my right hand man, The Mensch, who has supported The Sitonfence Speakeasy since its inception. The feedback from readers suggests that £10 per month is ‘the sweet spot.‘ Those who venture £20 per month will receive a detailed email with information that is too sensitive to be published. I don’t anticipate many who will venture £50 per month – there was only one this year – but if one chose this quantum I would provide one exclusive blog for your eyes only.
As the John James II site ramps up and begins to have traction I would appeal to readers to make additional contributions to support its inception.
To get the ball rolling I will publish all the premium content items in full. I will duly edit them to present them in their original format. The Director’s Cut if you will. Those who missed out on The Whyte Papers will have a second chance. Truly indispensable reading.
I will spend a day or two working out how best to introduce the new site. I will revert to you with details. Ceteris Paribus I will publish at least one article per day as before, alternating between sites.
Is this the best of both worlds? I still receive mail from individuals stating that they will never pay. It’s high time they lost out. The unwaged and infirm will still have a vibrant site, with 17.3m hits, at their disposal. Those who have more to give will receive more.
As always, I will defer to my readers. I look forward to your views on John James II.