SFBG.com to start charging for "premium content"

Beginning this week, users will be firmly encouraged to subscribe to our online news and listings service

More than worth it.

This will be the last day you can read this blog for free.

To reflect the changing environment of the new business, the SF Bay Guardian will begin instituting a $27-a-day paywall April 2, in what Managing Editor Marke B said was an attempt “prevent any sane person from actually reading this stuff.”

The site known as sfbg.com will remain in place, and remain free, but all content will be removed except for the comments of Lucretia Snapples and a selected number of “guests,” whose extensive contributions the Bay Guardian hopes to spin off as another packaged product in the coming months.

All staff-written content will now be available at sfbayguardiancostsalotofmoney.com. Except for Marke B.'s own Super Ego nightlife column, since no one really knows what the hell she's jabbering on about anyway except teenagers, and teenagers don't pay.

The idea of newspaper paywalls is spreading, with the San Francisco Chronicle creating one just this month. “We’re, frankly, just copying the Chron,” Bieschke, who also oversees Web operations, said. “If there’s nothing in one place and something somewhere else, and nobody knows which is where or why, then it only makes sense to charge a lot of money so the traffic will all go away and I can take a goddamn nap after yesterday's all-nighter.

"Anyway, I say let the interns handle it.”


Just released from the PR Department, Black Rock City LLC:

Larry Harvey, the founder of Burning Man, announced that given all the ongoing disputes with the Bureau of Land Management and local Nevada law enforcement, he is moving Burning Man to privately owned land on the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Utah.

"I have been discussing this move extensively with local Utah law enforcement agencies", Harvey said, "and we are in agreement that Utah culture is a much better fit for Burning Man than Nevada culture."

A few changes will be made to the festival. Every Burning Man attendee will receive a complementary copy of the Book of Mormon at the entrance gate. Several thousand Mormon missionaries will be wandering the grounds, in their characteristic suits, narrow ties, and black and white laminated name tags, to engage the Burners in spiritual discussions. Instead of the Man, a gigantic golden statue of the Angel Moroni on a pillar will dominate the site.

The traditional Burning of the Man will be replaced by a mass baptism, using a huge fleet of water tanker trucks brought in from every corner of Utah.

Harvey noted: "Many San Francisco hipsters have been aching for more meaning in their lives. I feel that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is best positioned to meet the spiritual needs of San Franciscans. See you at church!"

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 10:18 am

But please keep Leone, usually the biggest joke of the week.

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 10:50 am

April Fools!

Posted by Guest` on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 11:31 am

Oh gee, thanks!!!

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

why would anyone pay to read the entirely predictable ruminations of a couple of ageing hacks online?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

it is spelled "aging"

Posted by admin on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 2:34 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

Unlike "Guest", who spends an absolutely incredible amount of time criticizing the SFBG on every post made on this blog, a huge number of people read SFBG and never comment on here. And I'm not sure if Guest is familiar with something called an "independent coffeehouse", but there's quite a lot of them in San Francisco where people actually pick up print weeklies, read them, and then return them to the stand with coffeestains on the pages. Guest is probably too busy talking into a Bluetooth while ordering coffee at some chain Peets to notice this.

Posted by HeartTenderloin on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

So funny.

Posted by Jamie Jams on Apr. 01, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

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