Is the balance right?


Hi Paul/Brad and co

A few weeks before the recent change to, I dropped down from a Premium user, to a Standard. The reasons were nothing to do with any concerns on quality, but was purely budgetary for me. Since the recent change to the site, with Paul writing mostly Premium articles, I worry that the number of articles I can read on the site is now minimal.

Currently on the Homepage (28/11/17) I can see 18 article, and 10 of those are Premium, with 8 of the most recent 9 being Premium. None of which I can access. I can’t help feel the balance towards Premium has shifted too much towards a paywall.

Now, you (or others) could justifiably suggest I just pay up to get access, and it would be hard to counter that as I genuinely understand you guys need to earn your living, and you don’t owe me (or anyone) free content.

However, I wonder if there is a middle ground somewhere?

Just a thought and am interested in your thoughts.


Comments (9)

9 responses to “ Is the balance right?”

  1. Brad Sams

    This site is a bit skewed this week, Mehedi is out of pocket with exams this week and he puts out a lot of the non-premium week should be back to a better balance.

    • seapea

      In reply to brad-sams:

      figured something was up with Mehedi's availability. I am wondering if it would be possible to have a couple of articles destined to premium diverted to public when the articles flow dries up.

      I noticed (and think a good idea) that the 'Ask Paul/Brad' is now a premium feature.

      Now if the top row of the landing page could only get updated twice a week ....

    • Chris_Kez

      In reply to brad-sams:

      "Out of pocket"? I've never really understood why this phrase is preferable to just saying "unavailable". I hear colleagues and clients say it occasionally and it always just sounds like business-speak. Let's aim for clear language. :)

    • Paul Thurrott

      In reply to brad-sams:

      I doubt it. We're going to be in Hawaii next week. :)

  2. stevenlack

    I honestly preferred the FRD videos on Premium. Not that the articles are bad, they are really good quality, just I don't have time to sit down and read even close to the amount I want on this site, so I used the videos when I was out or as a background. The deal was good for the year, but yeah, I feel ya.

  3. John Scott

    I am just not all in enough with the site to pay for having access to all the content. I have considered it, but then I found enough free content to satisfy. Sort of bored with a lot of technology today anyway.

  4. rmlounsbury

    The change on the site actually got me to go back in on Premium. Seems that the more Paul centric takes are coming fast and furious which is awesome. I stopped my membership earlier because outside of First Ring Daily the premium articles which are mostly Paul's musings on tech seemed a bit spartan.

    I am glad that First Ring Daily is no longer pay walled so I can pull it automatically via PocketCasts since I listen to 95% of all podcasts in the car during my 1.5 hour commute.

  5. Khayman101

    I agree, it is a bit off at the moment. Also we can get tech headlines and press clippings from any site. Came here for Paul's special take on things, not other peoples. Increasingly hard to find