So, on FB today someone linked to an interesting article in the The Wall Street Journal titled Workplace Advice I Wish I Had Known: A longtime Wall Street Journal editor has some tips on navigating workplace Issues Including rampant gender bias, for her younger self and everyone else.
I thought that looked intriguing. I mean, the title is quite long, no? That seems to be the MO these days with article titles and recipes.
Madagascar Vanilla Scented Butter Cake with Fresh Maine Blueberries and Lemon Citrus Drizzle
You get the point.
Anyway, I thought the article looked interesting and clicked on the link only to be told that in order to read the full article, I needed to sign in or sign up - i.e. pay.
I get this with The New York Times and The New Yorker as well. I think I can view 5 articles each week before I'm cut off.
I'm torn on this issue.
On the one hand, I think there is a ton of free, relevant, well-written content on the web, so why would I pay to read other content?
On the other hand, free content isn't always well-written, well-researched or even (frankly) true. One has to sift through a lot of garbage to find the gems.
It's like buying a $10 bottle of wine. The guy at the wine store put it like this: is it possible to find a great $10 bottle of wine? Sure. But your chances of finding a great bottle at $30 are much higher. You'll spend less time drinking crummy wine, trying to find that hidden gem and probably enjoy the process a lot more.
I'm paraphrasing. He didn't use that many words. No man would.
I'm really torn about paying for content online. I think: I don't have a ton of time to be reading heaps of articles, so why would I pay?
Then, I think: I don't have a lot of time....which is exactly why I should pay.
Also, this Medium article (which you can read for free) sums up nicely what it feels like to be a 'creative' and to be asked to work for free (or, as people like to say, exposure):
Please. Don't Ask People To Work For Free (Jon Westenberg)
As a 'creative,' I agree with this whole sentiment. When you work for free, people tend to treat you like you work for free. :)
So, I'm still at a crossroads of wondering if I should put my money where my mouth is and pay up for quality writing/content, or if I should continue to simply read the sites I love that don't require payment, which are plentiful.
Wait, the Christian Science Monitor is going to only 5 free stories a month? If I want more it's $11/mo.?
Looks like I'll be shelling out some money or going to the library to read old-school hard copies.
Does anyone pay for online content? Would you?
I didn't have the best weekend ever. I banged my head on a light fixture, leaving a dodgy lump, and I just felt all-around emotional and full of despair. I blame the days-on-end of rain.