I know if I ask all of you writers if you value the written word, I'm 99% sure all of you, including me, would say, yes. But do your actions support that value? We can all say we value writing, but do we really?
On March 28, the New York Times is doing something, that I think should have been done a long time ago. They will not be giving away all their content for free. If you subscribe to the print version you have full access to their online content. If you are someone who enjoys reading the online content, but doesn't subscribe, you will get 20 articles per month for free and then need to pay for more.
Some say, we shouldn't have to pay for content. Others say people will go elsewhere because the Internet is saturated with news and information and the same info is available elsewhere. But is it really? Sure there is tons of content on the web, but is it all good and accurate?
So, back to my original question: do you value writing? If you do, then you should have no problem paying for good content whether that is online or in print. Because as a writer yourself, you know how much time goes into it and you want your work to be valued and appreciated.
We can even take this a step further by asking if you support writers and news outlets in your area? Do you show your support for authors by attending book signings and book events? Do you buy books from your local bookstores? Do you subscribe to your local or regional newspaper?
If we truly value writing, then as writers we should band together to support our colleagues in the industry. We should show people that writers deserve to get paid for their work and we should do this with not only our words, but with our actions.
Do you agree or disagree?