Substack is a game changer for writers
I love everything about this post. Substack builds the kind of community I'm interested in being part of. The problem for me is that I'm not a writer. I'm a visual artist. The question for me is this: Would creating a substack be a good way for me to connect with a like minded community and build my newsletter? Would your "Launch & Grow Your Email Newsletter on Substack"be relevant for me?
The other day I went to a local political event and found a small group of women I knew slightly. One said she loved my Substack, and the other two agreed. In almost a year, none of these three had ever dropped a "like" or a comment, so I was surprised and pleased. I asked myself: would I rather hundreds of friends and accquaintances read my Substack -- or that half a million strangers saw my piece in a publication? Except for the financial ramifications and some prestige, I decided I'd rather people I know read my musings. I told a friend, who then remarked that I'd drunk your Kool-Aid!
Yes to all your ideas, Dan, about how to express ourselves in writing and creating. I'm enjoying this wonderful new energy in sharing and supporting other writers. I'm feeling a new sense of connection now after having stopped blogging awhile back, and thrilled to be getting subscribers I don't yet know very well. Yet. But we will no doubt get acquainted on this new platform. Sharing and recommending is easy and fun. Thank you for helping to guide us with your words and videos.
This has been my experience: PEOPLE CRAVE OLD INTERNET!
I miss the days when you could read someone's Xanga or Livejournal and just fan over them without the worry that they were an industry plant. I miss the days when you could be a nobody one minute and then the next Maddox, author of the Best Page in the Universe, the next.
I'm going to be doing a piece about the enshittification of Google and social media. We're all burned out of the new "feed the algo" vibe. Substack kicks it old school and people adore that. I know I sure do.
Thank you Dan for your encouraging insights as always! The growth on my site is pretty slow and discouraging. But I can't stop my inner voice and vive for creativity, so I keep my head up (not down) and moving forward. Thank you!
I am registered and looking forward to learning. Hopefully I can make the live event but will definitely be watching the recording. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
Love your human-centered messaging! Great newsletter, as always. Thank you for the mention 🥰🙏
Perfect timing. I've been on Substack long enough to have fallen in love with it and also realize I don't know how to leverage it for optimum impact and connection with my readers. Looking forward to today's workshop.
I agree with substack bringing back commenting. I’ve been in marketing for over a decade and remember when brands had blogs that welcomed comments. Today, it’s all turned off bc social media has taken over, but even there, it’s crickets unless they do a good job of engaging their audience. For me, substack has been a bit slow in getting subscribers but that’s how organic growth goes, I guess. As long as I’m enjoying the process and connecting with folks who enjoy my work and vice versus. Thanks for posting! Really like your insight. 👍🏼🙂
Sounds helpful. Good stuff.
I’ll add this to the list for new Substack writers:
What is the Point of Substack? Making Money? Quality? Community?
A Substack Writer’s Thoughts on the Game….
Best of luck!
‘Sincere American Writing’