July 13, 2019

Dusting off a side project - Would you pay for a newsletter? Daily/Weekly?

Colin Winhall @cwinhall

Hey peeps,

It's been far too long since I made a post here. I took a fulltime job again in February and it has been nonstop ever since. I miss this scene so badly!

I want to get back in to the swing of things and I am dusting off a side project that I spent the most time + money on. https://haystack.news.

I previously invisioned the project as an entire platform for future news but I now realise the scope of that is possibly too much. I also think the barriers to understanding and also setting up pricing plans and memberships etc etc is just too time intensive to set up. So I have re-evaluated the plan and looking to go down the paid newsletter road using https://substack.com

I am thinking to start off very small with a weekly email of the biggest news stories for the following 7 days. Perhaps 10-20 articles.

My first barrier is trying to think in which industry to target this to. Keep it generic as something like "World news" or go more niche and target "Startup news" or a personal favourite of mine "eSports".

Looking forward to getting some advice on this!

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    I personally would not pay for a newsletter. There is already so much info and stuff already out there for free on the web. The only way I would do it is if I found someone's free content that I really loved and just couldn't get enough of. If they then had more content I would maybe willing to pay for it.

    But I am just one data point.

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    No, I wouldn't pay for it - I get enough crap in my mailbox as it is.

    Maybe find advertisers instead ?

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    No I wouldn't pay for it, and I'd imagine it would be exceptionally difficult to monetise news in this way, unless you're actually from the future and not telling us.

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    Thanks for all your input.

    A great example of a paid newsletter that I believe is doing really well is https://meetglimpse.com/

    Perhaps I do not need to make it free and monetise it another way. It will be quite time consuming to create this newsletter every week though.

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      Thanks for the advice.

      Your newsletter looks great. Is there a particular reason why you are not making it a paid newsletter?