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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

futzing with the homepage, debating whether to continue what-to-stream posts

I know change is stressful. But for technical reasons that are not worth going in to, the new layout makes things a little easier on me. And it emphasizes my reviews, which is the bulk of the content here now.

I’m very disappointed to see that hundreds — sometimes more than a thousand — people are visiting the what-to-stream pages each week, and yet I’ve seen no bump in subscriptions. If you would all prefer to comb through the streaming options at Netflix and Amazon and then figure out which movies available at the moment are ones I’ve recommended as worth seeing, I’ll be happy to oblige by quitting doing those posts.

This cheeses me off: I had a guy on Twitter the other day ask me to add something extra to the streaming posts so that they would be more helpful to him. He admitted that he doesn’t support my work financially by taking out a subscription at a minimal price… and yet he had no problem with asking me to make the work he’s not paying for even more useful to him.

I don’t know how to counter this mindset. Clearly, giving people content they find useful and interesting and asking for a small contribution toward ensuring I can continue to do so is not enough.

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  • LaSargenta

    and yet he had no problem with asking me to make the work he’s not paying for even more useful to him.
    I don’t know how to counter this mindset.

    Me neither. Makes no sense.

  • Danielm80

    Speaking personally, I don’t use the what-to-stream listings all that often. If other people are relying on them, I don’t want to deprive anyone, but I’d rather see more reviews and more commentary.

  • Tonio Kruger

    I believe that psychologists have a technical term for such a person. It is called “moocher.” :-)

  • I don’t use those pages since I don’t have access to any of those services, unfortunately.

  • Bluejay

    I personally appreciate the what-to-stream pages, which help me to add cool-sounding stuff to my queues and watch lists. But as Ben Kenobi says, “You must do what you feel is right, of course.”

  • Judy

    I’m with Daniel. I don’t use them all that often either. I really appreciate your reviews and commentary the most (plus I do love your picture of the day!). What I’d really like is that all the folks who read you would cough up some bucks for the incredible value you provide day after day!

  • Arthur

    Devil’s advocate: while I think the Twitter fellow is not pulling his weight, he *might* justify it as a suggestion to make the “what-to-stream” feature more popular that might, just might, bring in more subscriptions. [I hastily add that I myself subscribe, since your commentaries are worth supporting.] That said, I don’t stream (glitchy internet).

  • LaSargenta

    Yes, but I never really understood the sensibility of being a moocher. Doesn’t gain any friends, ya know?

  • I really appreciate the what-to-stream listings, as i routinely use them to add movies previously unknown to me to my Netflix queue.

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