You can read a transcript of a 6 hour ESPN online baseball chat Rob Neyer did this week. It's solid, though nothing groundbreaking. I really like Neyer, although since he became subscriber-only a couple years ago I haven't read him much. No telling if the chat transcript will stay on the free side of the wall for long -- seems like everything on ESPN passes over to the subscriber side pretty quickly. I wonder how many subscribers they have. I've yet to be convinced that subscription sites make any sense economically given the steep decline in traffic I'm sure the subscriber wall leads to... and the traffic decline leading to loss of mindshare / relevance / demand... leading to fewer and fewer subscribers, and less opportunity to expand the brand. I'm sure someone could convince me otherwise, but unless you're providing something truly unique (and perhaps with some economic value behind it), is anyone paying for anything on the Internet?
I pay $10 a month for this blog, and I think that's the only Internet subscriber thing I pay for. Can't commit to being 100% sure that's true, but I think so. There's just too much free stuff out there to justify spending money on most things. If I had an unlimited amount of money, I would subscribe to Baseball Prospectus, but I think that's the only thing that even tempts me. Maybe the NY Times Crosswords, but I don't do the crossword often enough to justify spending money on it. I like the idea of being someone who does the NY Times crossword more than I actually do it in practice. But eventually I will.
There's a documentary someone e-mailed me about called A Lawyer Walks Into A Bar, screening this month at South by Southwest in Austin. It follows a bunch of people taking the bar exam. I was interviewed for the film last year, about an hour-long videotape session where they asked me about law firms and my blog and stuff like that. I have no idea if I made the final cut, although if I were to put money on it, I'd bet I didn't. Partly because I didn't say anything terribly interesting, partly because I can't imagine anyone cares what I have to say as compared with the other people they interviewed. Anyway, if anyone does see the film, let me know if I'm in it. :) I'm also guessing if I'd made the cut, someone would have told me... but who knows.