Change of time after around 10 years! Saab passion will continue to be read almost every day. But from now on, and that will be the difference, mainly in subscription. And because a change also offers opportunities, I came up with something. Because the Saab stories are far from over.
If I don't like something, it's the primary thought of preserving something. I never wanted to be an administrator of the estate and I like it when you develop things. The Saabblog project has changed continuously in recent years. AI made it multilingual and therefore more international, and the film archive was added. Now it is a matter of securing the budget for the future, which, if successful, can be the basis for more Saab.
For this reason there are 3 different subscription models that I am introducing today. Of course, one focus was on affordability. The famous € 5 a month is the benchmark, and that's not much. It is the amount that you put on the counter for a car newspaper or other medium.
Full access to all editorial content is available for € 5,00 per month. The subscription runs for 365 days and is extended for another year if you do not cancel it before it expires. Of course, the subscription system reminds you of the upcoming renewal before it expires.
Turbo Plus subscription
Since a lot more is possible in terms of Saab, there is also the Turbo Plus subscription. It costs € 95,00 for 365 days and also includes access to the COC archive and the upcoming High Mileage Club.
But there is more to come! The planned espresso cups will only be offered to Plus subscribers; other things like a Saab yearbook, events after Corona and more are possible. Which assumes that the interest is there and that the situation develops accordingly.
For those who do not want to commit to the long term, there is the basic subscription. € 36 for 180 days, access to all editorial content.
Booking one Subscriptions is easily possible via PayPal. For readers who do not have a PayPal account, there is the option of paying by bank transfer. There are corresponding instructions on how to proceed here.
The project deliberately does not offer daily or weekly subscriptions. The administrative effort should remain within limits. In addition, even if the blog takes the step to commercialization after around 10 years, the focus is still on the small Saab community. I don't believe that there are tons of day readers for a certain article.
A few more views
The subscription model is a test. Is the blog project, which occupies a very small niche in the niche, marketable? The future, and whether there will be, is decided by the readers from today onwards.
It's no longer about demonstrations of sympathy, it's about bare, cold numbers. But, and this is important, a stable budget makes a better blog. It can open up possibilities, bring new topics, and more reading and Saab fun. There is also the possibility of getting rid of certain things. Because the matter should be fair. Whoever gives something should get something in addition to and beyond content.
If the number of subscribers develops positively, there will be no more advertising on these pages except for the decreasing number of Saab advertisers.
Better, more relaxed, ad-free reading in the future. It is entirely up to the reader.
Update: Despite perfect test runs, the blog today proved how complex the system has become in 10 years. An interaction between the firewall, payment service provider and paywall software caused problems. All systems should now be working and the first subscriptions have already been successfully booked. If there are any problems, please send a short message.
Unfortunately, all outstanding payments in the morning had to be canceled for technical reasons. I would ask the readers concerned to post them again.
Thanks for your patience!