|Writer at work|
My website has a new look, as many of you will have noticed. Along with the update I’ve finally got round to revising some of the pages too. The new design, not yet complete, has been done by Kieran Baxter – I don’t have the skills to do this myself. Comments on the new look and content are welcome.
The site has changed before but not for a few years. My first website was launched eighteen years ago. It was a fairly static affair. Blogging software didn’t exist and editing the site was a slow awkward process so I rarely made any changes. Nine years ago this changed and I added a blog to the site, which has been running ever since (1043 posts before this one – all still available).
Revising the site has made me think about the future and what I’d like to do here. I have many ideas but not enough time. I’d like to give the site more attention and put some of these into practice. To do that I need to find a way to make some income from the site as it means taking time away from other work that pays now. I write and take photographs for a living and need to go on doing that. I’ve been pondering how to do this for quite a long time. I don’t want to take advertisements (companies ask if they can advertise every so often) or host paid-for click-bait articles (I’m offered those too). I don’t want to go down the subscriptions route either. I want my work to be free to all without any extraneous material. One of the pleasures of the web is coming across sites that are interesting and exciting and also being able to return to sites you like without having to pay. I wouldn’t want my site to be hidden behind a paywall.
This leaves one option. Pay As You Feel, aka Pay What You Want. There are many sites with this now and I’m joining them. It means that if you wish you can donate whatever you think my work is worth. There’s no obligation, no requirements, no commitment. The site will remain free to all. How it develops will depend on how much money I can raise however.
Please let me know what you think of this idea and also what you’d like to see on the site.