The struggle to stay accessible AND sustainable
(Small) things are changing around here.
When I first started this publication, I made a conscious decision that I would keep it free to make it accessible to all.
In fact, on my About page, it says:
Note about subscriptions: You are completely welcome to join me on this journey in a free subscription. I will not (at this stage) be sharing exclusive content for paid subscribers, so no need to worry! However, if you find yourself with the financial resources to contribute and choose to become a paid subscriber, your contribution will go towards supporting me in my journey to make this my life’s work.
It has been 6 months of me trying this out “at this stage”.
I’ve written 35 essays, averaging one per week - if not more.
People who have read these have commented that my perspectives are unique, prompt them to think, to question their perceptions of the world and how we show up in it.
Yet, I still only have a handful of subscribers and even fewer who contribute financially for me to do this work.
Sadly, I do have to pay the bills and I do need money to survive in this capitalist hellscape.
So after thinking about how to make this work for me and for you, dear reader, this is what I’ve decided to do:
The five most recent publications will be made publically available and free to read.
Earlier publications will be “archived” and access to the archive will only be granted to paid subscribers.
This is one way I can keep my work accessible while perhaps also being able to sustain myself in some way.
If you have some other ideas about how to make this work I do — and it is work, each publication takes several hours to write but many more to ponder, consider, reflect, formulate, research — more sustainable while affording greater access, please do share them with me.
Because this is something I struggle with in… life, I guess
But it shows up most in my small business/entrepreneurial endeavors.
How does one make things accessible, while supporting themselves with the work that they do?
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I’ll rant more about capitalism in another publication but for now, that’s the quick update I wanted to share.
Nothing really changes for you if you’re already subscribed (even as a free subscriber!) — you’ll still get this publication delivered to your inbox and as long as you open and read it before four more get delivered, you’ll get to read it for free.
If you want to reference an older work, then you’d need a paid subscription.
And as always, if this small contribution of basically 2 cups of coffee a month from your favorite local cafe (not Starbucks, we don’t fund genocide here) is out of your reach because of financial constraints but you need access to my work for whatever reason, please drop me an email and we can work something out.
Sending you big love,
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