Become a Friend of DD

Publishers that rely entirely on advertising face an uncertain future. With a modest contribution of about $1.60/month you help keep DD going and ensure it remains accessible for everyone.

Support with $20 per year

That’s 50 issues of Dense Discovery

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Amount in USD, charged yearly, cancel any time.

Why should I pay?

Relying on advertising to keep small publishing projects alive is becoming increasingly difficult. Most advertising dollars are now spent on hyper-targeted, surveillance-based ads by Google and Facebook. DD’s fairly strong ethical stance makes finding suitable advertisers even more challenging.

As a paying DD reader, you help reduce that reliance on advertisers. With every paying member I can incrementally reduce the fees for ad slots, making it easier to fill them with values-aligned advertisers (often smaller, independent companies). With enough paying members, I’ll eventually be able to remove ads completely.

What do I get?

You will get the same great newsletter you’ve been getting all along, but with the additional karma points of being a ‘Friend of DD’ – i.e. a paying supporter – that ensures DD’s future.

You will also get a very occasional, friends-only ‘behind-the-scenes’ update from me (Kai) about life as a full-time publisher of a digital newsletter and printed magazine.

So, no other perks?

No, at least not for now.

This model is based on the idea that my most enthusiastic, loyal readers are willing to pay a small fee in order to keep DD fully accessible for everyone. It depends on the generosity of those who feel strongly about avoiding a two-class system of free and paid tiers.

How do I manage or cancel my membership?

Easy. After signing up as a Friend of DD you will receive a link to a member portal where you can change the details of your subscription or cancel it any time. (Don’t worry, you won’t need to create an account.)

Can’t locate the email? Request a new link here.

That’s it?

Yep. If you have any questions, just send me an email.

Thanks for even considering becoming a Friend of DD! I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have readers like you. 💌

Kai, Publisher/Editor

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