The anticipation of sitting down with a trusted and true companion. The ease and comfort to simply be yourself in their company nearly or entirely as you would when on your own, and the time when spent surpassing your hopes for the time spent together. Such a mood and online space is what I hope to cultivate here on TSLL’s with the new improvements and changes.
I count on my list of life’s enjoyments such moments with a good friend as described above. Whether inviting a friend to my home to sit in the garden and share a pot of tea or rendezvous at a favorite coffee shop or café locally or while traveling in France or England or wherever else my travel schedule takes me, losing track of time, catching up, being reassured and being reassuring, listening and sharing, such moments are priceless and in many ways sacred as only the two at the table are privy to what is shared and the ease each feel in one another’s company.
The Simply Luxurious Life is going to be changing and improving for the benefit of both readers and the creator – me – to be able to more fully engage with TSLL Community. As was shared in early August, how the blog is supported financially which enables me to bring all readers have come to enjoy and expect, is shifting in order to create a more engaging and community focused online destination.
But first, I want to bring your attention to a few improvements suggested by readers who took the survey and now already in place:
- Mobile layout — smoother, less jumbled and easier to navigate
- With nearly 50% of TSLL readers viewing the blog on their mobile devices, this was a long-overdue improvement. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
- Text size and color — slightly larger and slightly darker
- An easy to find LOGIN and SUBSCRIBE (to ad-free) button in the upper right-hand corner
- Cleaner LOGIN page
Beginning on Thursday October 1st, TSLL’s Soft Paywall will be in place.
What is TSLL’s Soft Paywall?
Each month, non-subscribers (more information on the different tiers of subscription below) will only be able to read FIVE posts before being prompted to subscribe to enjoy reading more content. As well, a handful of categories (shared below) will permanently be behind the paywall and will not be accessible to anyone EXCEPT Top Tier Subscribers. If a reader chooses to not subscribe, they will have to wait until the next month to read five articles.
How does a TSLL reader get behind the Soft Paywall?
Become a TSLL Subscriber to one of two Tiers detailed below.
What are the pricing options for subscribing?
After reading all of the detailed feedback from readers who took the survey, the prices and subscription options were tailored to fit TSLL readers. More than 80% of those surveyed shared they would be willing to pay to access TSLL’s content and support the blog, and of that 80%, more than 55% shared a price of $5 – $10 was fair and fit with their budgets.
Two Tiers of Subscription will be available to best fit your budget: BASIC Tier and TOP Tier.
Have a look at the table below which details what each Tier gains with their paid subscription.
~Note for existing/current Ad-Free Subscribers, you are already part of the TOP Tier and will receive all of the benefits in the right column. You do NOT have to resubscribe and will be able to continue to pay the price you are accustomed and subscribed to.
~Note for ALL Tiers: At this time, Ad-Free does not include the video ad that precedes each cooking show episode.
- BASIC Tier
- $25/year – 15% savings
- TOP Tier
- $18.50/quarterly (every 3 months) – 10% savings
- $72/year —15% savings
Save 20% on your monthly subscription for a limited time when you sign-up for the TOP Tier monthly subscription.
- Pay $5.50/month (reduced 20%, regularly $7/mo) when you subscribe now through Friday September 25, 2020. Simply use the promo code ADFREE20 at checkout (discount applies ONLY to the Monthly TOP Tier subscription), and you will continue to pay this low price each month for the duration of your uninterrupted subscription.
What is A Cuppa Moments with Shannon?
One of the benefits of choosing to be a TOP Tier subscriber is the ability to view a Video Post that will be posted on the blog each month on the First of the Month. For the first time in the blog’s history, I will be chatting in front of a camera (aside from the cooking show videos) with readers. For approximately 10-15 minutes, I will plop down usually somewhere in my home with my favorite hot cup of tea (my cuppa), during the summer – sitting outside on my porch, and while traveling sitting somewhere cozy wherever my travels have taken me, and chat about a variety of things:
- Upcoming posts, projects and news
- What is going on in my life – past month and upcoming
- A video of a walk or two with the dogs wherever our adventures take us
- Answers to questions readers have sent prior to the video post
- A question or two will be posed to the readers for conversation in the comment section (a closed private section only available to TOP Tier subscribers).
- A look at progress on home and garden projects.
- Whatever is at the forefront of my mind that I think TSLL readers might be interested in
I am extremely excited about this new addition to the regular postings, and came up with the idea in lieu of a Facebook Group or IG Live Video chat in order to keep the engagement on the TSLL platform in a semi-private setting where ONLY TOP Tier subscribers can engage with each other in the comment section and hear responses to their questions as well as all of the other information shared in the list above.
Within the first 24-hours of the video post going live on the blog, I will respond to all comments posted within 48 hours, thereafter, as soon as I can which is usually within 24-72 hours in order to answer more follow-up questions, moderate comments, etc..
The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show Seasonal Cookbooks (digital)
Each season of TSLL’s cooking show, recipes are posted with each episode; however, if you are looking to gather all of the recipes up, it can take time to find them, click this link, then that link, then print. In an effort to offer a simple, easy to read and cook with Seasonal Cookbook you can save and print at home, I am making available a digital cookbook for each of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen seasons. Season 1 & 2 will be coming available just prior to September 19th (the premiere of Season 3).
TOP Tier Subscribers will be able to access, download and save/print each of the Seasons’ cookbooks for free ($8/each value) past and upcoming. Season 3’s cookbook will be made available within a month after the season has concluded. You will be able to find the cookbooks on this page when they become available.
Exclusive Content ONLY available to TOP Tier Subscribers
As shared above, the first five posts a non-subscriber reads will be available for free each month; HOWEVER, no matter how many articles you have or have not read for free, certain content will ALWAYS be behind the Soft Paywall. The following content is Exclusive to TOP Tier Subscribers:
Do Subscribers Have to Pay with PayPal?
I am extremely excited to share that my web design team enabled the ability for new subscribers to pay directly on TSLL blog without having to use PayPal. No longer will you be redirected to PayPal to subscribe. By using Stripe (many of you may use it elsewhere online), you simply make payments as you would on any other standard shopping website – enter your debit/credit number – all major cards are accepted, and you are set!
I am still working with PayPal and will continue to do so as many of the current and grandfathered/mothered in ad-free subscribers are using this platform. Both function the same way, current subscribers simply completed their payment on PayPal’s platform rather than TSLL’s.
When does the Soft Paywall begin?
<<Thursday October 1st>>
How do I subscribe and choose which Tier and payment schedule works best for me?
Click here to be redirected to the Subscription page and see all of the options again for each of the TWO Tiers.
Currently, only TOP Tier subscriptions are being accepted during the month of September (don’t forget about the introductory offer mentioned above for monthly – use promo code ADFREE20) as the blog is viewable to everyone with ads through September. The BASIC Tier (both monthly and yearly) will become available on October 1st.