Great points here Jason. The “pay vs. free” debates have been discussed plenty. While it’s still an important issue, I’m also interested in hearing what routes industry leaders are taking. I look forward to future posts on this issue.
I have a question about the second part of the post…kind of related. What do you recommend for essayists and feature writers. I’ve noticed that a majority of these writers don’t put blogs together, and I can only assume it’s for fear of giving away insights and perspectives that they are accustomed to selling. To each his/her own, but do you think this is a healthy mentality for authors? Journalists?
That’s a great question. Did you read Robin Sloan on stock and flow? (http://snarkmarket.com/2010/4890) Read it this morning and mulling how it might apply to such questions….
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