Tips from writers on how to celebrate an anniversary or milestone with your readers
When something bad happens, we ruminate on it for hours. When something good happens, we forget about it in a second. Small steps of appreciation are powerful!
I didn’t know this was called a milestone post, but I wrote mine in Sunday’s newsletter. CulinaryWoman’s third birthday was this week. culinarywoman.Substack.com
Fantastic advice. My publication, Invariant, recently crossed the 1-year mark. To commemorate, I wrote a piece celebrating and sharing my (partly unconventional) process and journey, which many have said is helpful:
Yes, I do an every 6 months review of the Most Viewed articles (clickable), Most Commented newsletters, and also the Wine Wanderings statistics on viewership that Substack provides. 42 States and 45 countries....This gives my subscribers a chance to catch a newsletter they may have missed. I put a bit of a teaser to each article with a photo. At the end of the review, are the most "clicked" wine recommendations for the 6 months. Cheers!
I've created 2 milestone posts since I started my substack at the start of this year! The first was mainly to explain why I created a substack and the second was to celebrate my first 100 subscribers. My 6th month mark will be in July but I think I'll wait until the 1 year mark or 250 subscribers to write another milestone post 😊
When does everyone decide to share a milestone posts and how often do you share one?
It would never occur to me to make a post about it. I did do a Note on the 100 milestone, though. Hmm. Food for thought. Nothing wrong with celebrating a milestone, after all.
I’m not sure my audience would care about my milestones on substack. Maybe, they would. Not sure.
Thanks for the feature everyone, I think this is my first Substack feature!
Thank you for putting this post together--I found it really inspiring and am filing it away for my next milestone (hitting 1,000 free subs soon and one year on Substack in Oct/Nov).
I wasn’t sure about doing a milestone post myself, but did one at 6 months-ish and it was really fun with lots of good conversation: https://open.substack.com/pub/astridbracke/p/lessons-from-six-months-on-substack?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
For anyone else, I’d recommend focusing on the celebration, excitement and magic that you feel about people inviting you into their inbox ✨ Whether people care about your experiences with Substack or not, they will resonate with that sense of celebration + excitement, however you express it :)
Thanks for the mention!
We used a 12-year birthday Milestone post to move our whole publication to Substack! :) Celebration is enlivening.
This was my post celebrating 250 posts 🤓💗💗🤓 https://open.substack.com/pub/creativelyconscious/p/happy-summer-solstice?r=506nf&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
I'm just trying to get to 10 subscribers lol.....quickstockwriteups.substack.com......Have a wonderful weekend everyone
Every now and then, you should offer something different from the norm to your readers to keep it interesting. Whether milestone posts, or how you succeeded in growing your numbers or something you achieved outside of substack. This is a great way to not serve your readers pasta everyday.
Usually I share excerpts from my upcoming book through substack but then I shared this on how to grow your subscriber base on SUBSTACK.
Thanks for sharing this advice. I have shared my milestones on Notes and received applause from other writers. But next time onward, I will also share it with my readers.
Well, I am one subscriber away from having to write one of these posts (999 subscribers). I have been pleasantly surprised by how many people have wanted to hear my rather niche thoughts on agricultural philosophy and Wendell Berry!