April 1, 2008, HUKOU TAIWAN
Taiwan blog The New Hampshire Bushman in Taiwan, today introduced a policy to help defray administrative costs. This policy would be the first of it’s kind anywhere in the blogging world. From April 1st, the blog would charge readers NT$5 to reply to articles with their comments. When asked about the impact of such a policy on readership, and in particular comments, blog owner MJ Klein had this to say:
“It costs money to run a blog. Our readers know that. It’s all about time, and how best to manage our limited time. Creating quality content takes time and our readers would prefer to have better content in the long run. At first we’ll lose a few, but we’ll gain more with better content.”
In order to comment to articles, readers would have to setup an account on the blog and then pay for credits which would be used each time a reader left a comment on the blog.
“We realize this new policy is controversial. We realize that some people will be put off by this policy and may refuse to comment. However we believe that this is the future of blogging,” Klein said.