A thank you to the first ever Substack publisher.
After 12 years of making videos, writing, and sharing on social media I was disillusioned and ready to quit. My like minded friends were banned outright or shadow banned. This took the wind out of my sails.
Thanks to Glen Greenwald, I found Substack. His fearless reporting over the years made me a fan of his. I am happy here and glad to see it grow with more writers, commenters, and idea makers.
Thank you for giving us a voice.
I wrote thousands of posts in Blogger and Wordpress for over a decade. In a few months here on Substack I’m finding the supportive community aspect of the platform an unexpected gem!
Fantastic yarn Hamish. Congrats to you both. Amazing origin story.
This is excellent background to the Substack story I didn’t know. This is an incredible platform built on the quality of life improvements that writers have always desired but which traditional publishers have never cared to listen to and committed to solving. But Substack listened and then solved. 🙏
Great story. Pioneers all.
I love Sinocism. It is so helpful to understanding China. Thanks for writing about the origin story, I had no idea.
The nice thing about having Bill as the first creator on Substack. Is that now 5 years later , Chinese news is one of the best categories on Substack for unique and independent perspectives.
Some of the best creators manage to be pioneers and create a cascade of category insight that helps the platform earn credibility and pursue a higher level of information.
Substack has thus evolved historically, with some categories very strong and others entirely missing. This suggests that for new writers there's pioneering ground to work with. Some of you might be surprised at the niche creators that become successful on this platform.
Substack is this one of the best places online for writers to scale the readership. What does this mean for the future of writing? It means we can create on more than algorithmic time sinks and eyeball machines.
It turns out without those constraints much more interesting writing can take place. Even something you might wait a few days to read each week with enthusiastic commitment.
On Substack's there's constantly new Newsletters coming into being thus creating a canvas for readers that's overall a highly engaging reading experience.
Long live Bill and down with the CCP!
Huh. I just checked: My first issue was six months to the day after this! Pretty cool.
Congrats, Bill! Thanks for paving the way. I just celebrated two years. https://teendramawhore.substack.com/p/teendramawhore-anniversary-second
first-ever Substack post, however, he had brought in more than a hundred thousand dollars.
That sums up this sub'stance' landscape. What people do is count money and just about one or two people. There is no regard for what is being written or what consequence (real impact) it may have. Social media is not even equipped for that. There is no value system for that. We know very well, that 99% of the rest do not earn, not even hundreds of dollars. Hence, congratulation Sino_Type_Content Success.
Congratulations! Great to hear this origin story. Substack has been a unique place to commune with other writers, develop your individual voice, and build a readership. Love how some of the beginning struggles were pivoted into some of the model we see today.
I’m over a year on Substack and enjoying the platform. Hope to be among those big success stories one day.
Incredible. It’s so valuable for other Substack writers like me to read and hear these stories of success: and also how Substack was built. It deepens our trust in the long term commitment, and this vibrant community. Thanks to Bill and Substack, both.
Congratulations on 5 years and a great platform! 🎉
Between this story and the last editorial where you said Substack was really an emailed blog, could we get more integration with Wordpress in the future?
Great read indeed! This changed the whole model of writing for advertisers to writing for subscribers
I love the way substack has burst onto the underground media landscape like a breath of fresh air just as we were about to asphyxiate from the noxious fumes of MSM. Thank you and all the publishers for this exciting platform that is set on an exponential growth now for a news and info hungry world. I hope you all are rewarded with the gold you need and deserve and keep what gives you a comfortable and becoming lifestyle and then pour the rest into taking down the Cabal of evil. Happy publishing....Rx