In the world of genealogy, Dick Eastman started it first by providing Eastman's Plus Edition newsletter on a paid subscription basis, while much of his work continues to be freely available at his website. John Michael Neill blogs freely at Genealogy Tip of the Day and offers Case File Clues to paid subscribers only.
Now from the the desk of our friend Gary Mokotoff, we read that his Nu? What's New? The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy From Avotaynu is changing to a paid subscription newsletter.
"As noted in the last issue, producing Nu? What’s New? is taking more and more of my time—now about five hours per edition. It is time consuming to read the numerous sources; to research and write each selected item; and finally to format the entire issue. There is now enough information to produce this e-zine weekly rather than biweekly.
Because of the extra costs, starting with the next issue, Nu? What’s New? will be by paid subscription—$12.00 for an entire year. That’s just $1.00 per month. Subscribing is easy through PayPal using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) or PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking “Pay with debit or credit card.” You will be subscribed at the e-mail address given when making the payment (so make sure it is typed accurately). If you have a PayPal account, you will be subscribed at the e-mail address of your account. Subscribe now at http://www.avotaynu.com/SubscribeNWN.htm"
Ol' Myrt here heartily recommends the work of these three gentlemen, and acknowledges this trend for paid subscriptions is inevitable if we wish to have bright minds sharing their expertise with us on a regular basis.
Of the top 5 genealogy bloggers, only one is backed by a large corporation. (The New York Times sponsors About.com's Genealogy section.) It behooves us to support the independents. Do we otherwise relegate the designation "top genealogy blogger" only to those with corporate sponsorship or independent means? Let's use our buying dollars wisely, and support the writers whose topics are most applicable to our research.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.