I’m planning to put my content behind a paywall soon and was interested in getting some feedback. I’ve been posting since 2003 and over the years the motivation to participate has wained. I’ve found that posting original content online has risks associated with it both professionally and personally which no advertising model could support. Also an ad supported model requires a great deal of traffic and popularity which has always been a distracting aspect for any blogger when it becomes part of the success criteria.
In many ways the paywall is insurance against the uneven returns on originality which is sporadic. I also hope to encourage more creators of interesting original content to guest post on this blog who I will be able to assure some return on their great effort. For example see this deep and thoughtful article on scaling game narratives from a friend I met on twitter.
The future of content for this blog will be focused on original work about narrative, creativity, and innovation including games, psychology, modern-anthropology, creativity, innovation, and cultural trends.
Anyone interested in finding out how this direction goes, guest posting or commenting in the future please let me know either in the comments or email me at karl at karllong dot com.