This is a feature idea. Please comment, give ideas and suggestions. I’m tagging @Kevin here because I get the feeling that he is intimately involved with the ‘membership’ feature being developed.
Medium’s business model is interesting, can be frustrating, and there is room for us to learn from what they have achieved. The same can be said for Wordpress.
Wordpress did a good initial job of incorporating a way for readers to find and consume others content (pingbacks for example). Medium, at least rhetorically, does a good job at curating content you want to read and allocating membership payments to the authors that subscriber enjoys via their ‘clap’ system.
There is no reason why Ghost bloggers couldn’t opt-in to a similar setup. Not a clone of these features, but an improvement. How?
Ghost is a 5013c. Medium is a for profit company. This means that, at least on paper, more of a users … contributions, payments, tips … would go towards the contents creators.
Ghost could, if they wanted to, take a smaller portion of those ‘tips’ than medium, presumably.
This system is the default model on Medium - it could be optional on Ghost.
One method to pay for your websites purposes may be the new ‘membership’ setup. A portion of this system could be an alternative payment model similar to what medium has/is doing. So, as an author on your site you could choose between the following
- Free. no membership payments required
- Membership payments required
- Some mixture of a payment that is then dispersed on a like system to other content creators.
I think an interesting approach here would be how granular you could get with the micropayment system. Medium presumably allows those micropayments to go to the content creators, but what about the commenters?
This type of setup could also give some new options for multi-author websites. For example: Statistics could show us whos content has more traffic. Always good to know. But, a micro-payment, content-liking system would turn that into an entirely new … something