Bernard shares how he’s come to know his audience and continues to engage with them through podcasting, webinars, and Substack’s new feature, Chat.
Many thanks to the Substack team for the writeup! You guys are doing great work and I’m enjoying standing on the shoulders of your giant work.
Impressive to have your prime minister as a subscriber (!)
Thanks for your thoughts. I find it wonderfully hilarious that you think Facebook is more of a cesspool than Twitter! I don't know which of them is worse, having never been on Facebook (I am happily married so don't need to stalk exes and I don't like cat videos), and having been booted off Twitter in the past...
Keep up the great work. Some of my fondest memories are from time spent on Waiheki Island...
The kaka is a funny title... 😏
LOVE that Mr. Hickey uses chat to source questions in the middle of a press conference. What reader could resist that level of engagement? The reader gets to play reporter!
Now I just need to know—what the heck is a "curly question"?
We seem to have a ‘crisis’ in every Government department, (health, education, roading, housing , infrastructure etc etc! In my opinion there have been major distractions, e.g. Climate change and Te Rao Māori. These distractions have come about through the influence of the minor political parties, who were not a actually elected at the last election. The last elections gave a clear mandate for Labour to govern alone, they ignored that mandate. I believe they completely misunderstood what NZ. voted for. The mess we find ourselves in therefore lies solely with Labour strategists.
Traditional Labour and National governments have been reliable custodians, it is when we get ‘whacky’ minorities we get distracted, and in my opinion we have certainly been distracted from the basic’s over the last few years. Warren Buffett sticks to the basics and he has been tremendously successful.
Imagine ?! ... a reporter asking pointed questions ... we haven't that in the U.S. for YEARS ! ( well, 22 months anyway ) ... sure glad we have no " dishonest bastards " in American politics
Very inspiring, Bernard - - Congratulations
My brother-in-law is a KiWi 🥝. (Crazy bustards.) Sounds like Hickey fills an important vacuum. Good for him! I’m not ready as a Substack writer for the chat function; I need some reader-boundaries still. Yet I do see how helpful that can be. Interesting read!
‘Sincere American Writing’
Thank you Bernard, many to learn! 🙏
Thanks for this insight into your Substack. Mine is still relatively new and I’m working on developing a following before offering new options for paid subscribers, but I’ve made a note of a few great ideas to try in the future. 1. Open chat to paid subscribers. 2. Plan chats for when I’m in an interesting environment (my Substack is about Place Writing so I could be quite creative with this option). 3. Get my ass over to LinkedIn and start spreading the word over there. (I’ve got a good number of contacts there but rarely visit. Already buzzing on Twitter! And I also avoid the cesspit k/a FB.)
Thank you to the Substack team for the article! You people are doing fantastic work, and I'm glad to be standing on your enormous shoulders. https://idlebreakout.io