As most of you will know by now I’ve been charging you to read my blog since the beginning of March. It’s not been without problems along the way, a learning curve but one that has made me come to a fairly big decision.
I’ve used WordPress as a host since the blog’s inception over three years ago and steadily increased by plan level as it’s success has grown in that time to the point of wanting to accept payments for what I write.
There is no issue with people playing and I’m not silly enough to think it’s a million pound maker, never been my intention and never is, but that happens then I’ve hit the jackpot.
What is more important to me is having options available for all, you the reader is what gives this blog its success and with that in mind I’m moving away from WordPress to Substack over the next couple of weeks.
The reason for moving is quite simply this. I want to be able to charge for people to read a single piece, I completely understand that not everyone is interested in everything that’s written, it’s not their club, level or any other reason and I fully respect that hence why I don’t feel everyone should pay for a monthly or yearly subscription unless they want to.
I have been offering a single piece subscription so far but the issue that comes with that is I have to then delete the sub for each person before I put the next blog up because it automatically allows them to see the one they subscribed to plus any before and any after which defeats the object. While it’s manageable to do that, those who maybe started to read and then needed to step away wouldn’t be able to view again if I added another blog and deleted their subscription.
There is another way to do it which involves putting it behind a paywall password which I then email out when someone buys a sub, the problem there is if that someone wants to read it there and then and with me being at work Monday to Friday I can’t keep stopping to send it on, so that isn’t an option.
Add the major issue to that is if I want to offer single subscriptions then WordPress require me to upgrade my current plan by £156 just for this year and then a yearly amount of over £240. Regardless of the fact I can claim the cost back against my tax return I would be doing that just to make the site able to let you view a single piece.
So SubStack will become my new home and I will keep everyone abreast of when exactly you can start reading on there and the new site address, I will be transporting the whole site across so no pieces will be lost and you’ll still be able to access everything as it was before.
There will be single piece access prices along with monthly and yearly subscription plans, for a month cost of £5 my guarantee is 8 blogs minimum which is what I do now and there will be odd one’s thrown in for free too, the yearly cost is £48 which actually works out cheaper or discounted. If there is an option for bi-monthly or quarterly I will also add those in so you can pick exactly what you want and what suits you. If you’re looking to get one of these then I suggest holding fire for a few days as that part won’t transfer across to the new site.
Thank you for reading and I hope you continue do so.