Five things Jessica Lessin needs to keep in mind about paywalls as she launches The Information


The past year has seen the launch and growth of some fascinating new media entities — both platforms and services — including Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, Medium, the crowdfunded Matter project, Paul Carr’s NSFW Corp. and Holland’s De Correspondent, to name a few. And this week we saw another being born, with the launch of former Wall Street Journal correspondent Jessica Lessin’s technology and business news venture, which is called The Information.

One of the defining characteristics of Lessin’s new offering is a hard paywall: only subscribers who pay $39 per month or $399 per year get access to the service’s content — which is more than an introductory offer her former employer has for both digital and print access to the WSJ. In a short interview with Digiday, Lessin explained why she chose this model as opposed to a leaky paywall (like the one at the

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Make it snow! ON MY BLOG :)

Don Charisma

I was looking around on the WordPress theme blog and it started snowing …

I wondered if I could do it, and after giving up trying to figure it out from the html code, I came across this :-

It’s an annual holiday tradition: as of December 1st, you can have snow falling on your site! While the real stuff might be hard to deliver via The Interwebz, our special snow will fall gracefully down your screen wherever you are. To activate Holiday Snow, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to your dashboard.

  2. Navigate to Settings → General.

  3. Check the box next to “Show falling snow on this blog.”

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On the page there are some other suggestions for customizing your blog for the holiday season …

Have Fun, Enjoy, Don Charisma

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Medium beefs up its design and also expands on editorial curation features


Medium, the online writing platform launched by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams, has come under some criticism in the past for not really knowing what it wants to be when it grows up. But one thing Williams has made clear is that he wants it to be a place where beautiful long-form writing can find a home, and the site has just rolled out an upgrade to make that even more possible — along with some interesting tweaks to its editorial curation model.

The new design makes it easier to include images of various kinds, and particularly large ones at the top of stories, which Medium calls “cover” images. In his blog post describing the changes, Williams said: “We’ve made innumerable refinements to the typography, spacing, and responsiveness of the design, so stories look better on all devices. And we’ve made it possible to create stories with much more visual…

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