The Luminous-Landscape, a major photo enthusiast website founded by Michael Reichmann (that's MR at right), will be switching over to a subscription / membership model later this month. Instead of being freely accessible to anyone, LuLa's vast content (which thankfully still includes a few of my own columns—L-L or LuLa as it is sometimes called was my first major home on the Web) will be available only to members who subscribe at the rate of $12 per year.
One dollar a month is a bargain—it's no more than you would have paid for a magazine subscription. And to a major magazine, at that—smaller specialty mags would have cost more. And their goal is to eliminate all advertisements, a promise you never heard from any magazine.
Even if you find only one article worth reading every month—and you'd have to be extremely picky for that to be the case—isn't that worth a buck? Seems like it to me.
By the way, the numbers might not be so fantastical as they appear at first glance. One million visitors a month doesn't mean they'll be raking in a million dollars every month. A million visits is widely considered to be about what you need to make a living from a website. And those are "unique visits"—i.e., a visitor is counted once even if he or she views multiple pages during the visit (as distinct from pageviews, which counts every click on every separate page). To put you in context, TOP got 403,000 visits over the past 30 days. And if you visited every day, then you were counted 30 times. So it's not like LuLa will automatically be cashing in big-time—they'll still want, and need, the support of their loyal readers, friends, and fans...
...Of whom I am one. So I'll be subscribing, and recommending that others do, too.
(Photo courtesy Luminous-Endowment.org, and thanks to John Camp)
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