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Mar 12, 2020Liked by Documentally

I enjoy your posts whenever they hit my Inbox, so keep 'em coming with whatever regularity works for you, life's too precious to set routines & deadlines, chill and be happy

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Mar 12, 2020Liked by Documentally

Post what you want when you want, I subscribe to help you be you and help me to dream of having more of the adventures you do. Less free stuff may get you more subscribers?

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Totally understand, love your newsletter, but when I subscribe I feel like I'm lending a tiny bit of support to all of your endeavors and adventures, not just the weekly email. So if some weeks inspiration doesn't strike you, that's how it goes, you know that other weeks ideas will pour from the skies! Take care, if you want to test some new strategies then I'm happy to try them out.

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As a subscriber, I'm quite happy to live with occasional rather than regular posts on a temporary basis. Sometimes in life, you have to 'go off air' when circumstances demand it. I've always valued each post and podcast and sometimes spent money on the occasional gadget and never been disappointed. But don't kill yourself, we only live once. and my advice is to 'be joyful.'

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Now in full lockdown personally - so my newsletter is taking a new twist

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Ultimately you should do what's right for you and there are so many different models out there I'm not sure that anyone of them is right all of the time. I subscribe to you and a few other newsletters / blogs, all have different models. All post at least weekly and offer free & subscriber content. Your "fee" is probably smack in the middle of the price range of the handful I pay for. All take time off now and again (only one suspends their charge).

Personally I like a deadline to write to (if I didn't I'd never write anything), but I think it's okay to take some time off now and again, particularly if you can see a busy period coming and can give people a heads-up (I know life isn't always like that straightforward), so long as you don't drop off of the face of the earth for a long period. (I stopped writing over the last Christmas period, I needed a break and I'm pretty sure no one noticed).

Sorry to hear about the cancellations, same thing is happening to me but given my audience is often mostly over 70 I think it's probably the right thing to do, and most are rebooking for next year.

Not sure any of that is of use but feel free to bounce ideas off me if it helps?

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Happy no matter what. I shall remain a subscriber no matter what.

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Mar 12, 2020Liked by Documentally

Lovely voice/audio quality

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Mar 12, 2020Liked by Documentally

Lovely voice/audio quality

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Post whatever you want, whenever you want. I pay the subscription to support a creative mind and I know enough about creative minds to know that sometimes they need a holiday. I enjoy the newsletter whenever it arrives, so the Friday deadline is entirely for your benefit as far as I'm concerned. Equally, I appreciate that deadlines and habits can be just as important as holidays for creative minds. As a subscriber, I'd be fascinated to see what happens if you pulled up the pay wall and made them all subscriber-only. Would it be a total disaster if you did a test paywall for six months or a year? You could always go back to the old model. You could do one newsletter every six months for free audiences. Also this: https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/01/unlocking-the-commons/

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Mar 12, 2020Liked by Documentally

awesome, I am now part of history! never thought I would be, it was a great honour to meet you in real life and to be recorded. My grandad lives on forever. xxx

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Well, I hope you don't get too stressed about it. I don't think a hobby or supplemental income is worth the effort if the personal benefit is outweighed by obligation, which may be at the root of your dilemma. I think a deadline and regularity are both really helpful to subscribers and producers even though it brings some stress. Stress CAN be good, too. Perhaps a regular monthly post, with random bonus posts only if you feel like it? That might ease the pressure a bit, add some flexibility, and allow you to play with some free-form.

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There are more important things at the moment C

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