Would / could Patreon (or something similar) work for Thurrot.com?


Would / could Patreon (or something similar) work for Thurrot.com?

Ultimately, it’s for Paul, Brad and Mehedi to decide of course, just curious about everyone’s thoughts on this.

Context: just watched a post on Youtube by Lindsay Ellis and apparently Patreon works for her (afaik), which made me wonder…

(if this question has been asked before, please let know, I couldn’t find it on the forums).

Comments (9)

9 responses to “Would / could Patreon (or something similar) work for Thurrot.com?”

  1. lvthunder

    With the model they have now they get to keep all the money (minus the credit card fees) and not give Patreon a percentage of it. What do you think would be the advantage of going with Patreon?

  2. garyharrison

    Possibly. As someone who reads the site for personal satisfaction, I find the price a bit steep, so i don't subscribe. If I were in the industry, that would be no problem, but I'm not. I support other things like Daily Tech News Show via Patreon. I wonder if they would make up in volume what they lose in price.

    • illuminated

      In reply to GaryHarrison:

      I also have subscription fatigue. How many more subscriptions one can handle? Internet, cell, amazon, netflix, patreon, hulu, hbo, magazines, newspapers, MS office, adobe... A man's got to know his limitations.

  3. wunderbar

    why would they use Patreon when they already have a premium model they run in house?

  4. BigM72

    I don't know about Patreon but I would be interested in a pay-per-article model. So I only pay for what I'm interested in reading (which also gives Paul & Co a steer as to what the market wants).

  5. jwpear

    I'm pretty happy with the subscription model that's in place. I don't see the need to get a 3rd party involved, but I understand some might find the current subscription price steep. Would Patreon change that?

    What if there were an additional subscription where folks could pay for a standard subscription that simply removes ads, but doesn't allow access to the premium content (and maybe also excludes forums)? Would this meet reader and Paul/team needs?

    How might you pay on a per article basis? Not sure I like that, but it is interesting.

    When I mull this problem over, I simply can't pay $30-60 per year for every site I read. It just doesn't fit the budget, so I have to be selective about who I give my money to. I honestly don't want to pay per article (that feels like toll roads to me and it just becomes a lot of friction). It also feels like this would ultimately be more expensive and too easy to exceed the budget.

    If we're rethinking the compensation model, I suppose ads need to be re-evaluated too. I don't object to ads as a way for writers to help earn a living. I do object to intrusive ads--those that change the layout of content while you're reading/scrolling, those that basically yell at you (flash, move, block the content, and other stupid stuff), those that I have to wait on to see the primary content rendered correctly, etc. When I read a physical newspaper or magazine, I don't mind the ads. They don't shout at me and they don't block what I'm trying to read. Yes, I may have to page through a few pages of ads to get to the content, but it isn't actively obtrusive like digital ads. I also don't have to worry about those ads infecting my property/machines.

  6. karlinhigh

    Ben Thompson's stratechery.com has a monthly subscription option. Last I checked, it was $100/year or $10/month.

  7. Bats

    Why this suggestion? Who among this community is (in Thurrott's words) "Cash Strapped" where they can't afford $4.50/month?