There are several reasons for this change, but a big one is needing the space to focus on our customers and build out everything we hope to.
I laid everything out on our forum for community feedback: https://discuss.write.as/t/potential-changes-to-the-free-plan/3740
Of course, I don't want to exclude people from ad-free, privacy-centric software like ours — there shouldn't be a premium on it.
So the plan is to continue supporting cost-free publishing via:
- Self-hosting and communities running @writefreely, and
- Invite links, which you can use to give out Free accounts
Besides that, naturally, if you create an account before January 1 you won't have to worry about this — and you can help other people join by inviting them personally.
@write_as I was thinking about an intentional overall cap of users/customers for a service for this very reason. Would you mind sharing how many (active) users it took for you to come to this decision?
A small, intentional community for poets, authors, and every kind of writer.