How to engage with others and promote your publication
If you want some real-works testimonials on sub growth, interview some normals, not people who already have a large following. Me? I got a total of ONE free sub since joining Notes. Not complaining, don’t really care, just saying most people here won’t see growth and to tout Notes as the path to growth is disingenuous at best, manipulative at worst.
I really like Notes so far - but I would love to see some testimonials from people with not as many followers (say under 500) and where this has helped them grow. So far I've seen lots of people with already huge followings say their Stack has 'blown up' or they've had huge increases, but it seems a bit quiet for me personally, and I'm unsure anyone actually sees mine!
Please address the integration with private Substacks. Someone restacked a comment made on our private forum and it appeared in Notes, accessible to all.
Please fix this so private content cannot be made public on notes. Or give us the option to turn off the restack option completely.
Notes is great but without security private Substacks won’t be usable.
Would also love to see testimonials from new writers on Substack and also I would love to see Notes from new writers. It seems the only Notes I see are from writers with an already established huge following.
I had been struggling to cross 2,000 subscribers for awhile now. I even wrote a post about it because I was so annoyed lol https://www.lyle.blog/p/what-ive-learned-from-being-oh-so
Since Notes launched, I've easily soared past that and then some. But besides that, it's been fun to engage with other writers and my readers there
I really like Notes so far! It's fun to use and I've found lots of new letters to read - especially excited to connect with so many photographers since it was tricky to find them before. Quite a few new people have found me too so that's a nice bonus. Looking forward to seeing how it develops to support small publications and hoping we can maintain the friendly, community vibes along the way. ✨
How about adding the functionality to disable notes altogether for those of us who don’t want to be involved until moderation is in place?
There have been lots of comments since launch about ways in which Notes is different from other social platforms, and it is, in several good ways.
There's at least one way in which it's the same, and that is...
and the incentive to scroll and scroll and scroll.
I think Notes could be improved with some mechanism that **discourages** endless scrolling.
I like social media, and it goes well with writing. What I don’t like is endless scrolling, and by this point we all know it's not good for anyone.
This seems like a classic opportunity for a creative constraint.
All I want to know is how I can disable Notes entirely from my timeline. It’s just unsolicited noise, more distraction, it requires additional work, and all for traffic and engagement to artificially inflate substack’s platform? Like most here, I’m just trying to write.
Since people have asked for this, I am small, under 400 subscribers and around 100 subscribers, and Notes ended up bringing me 50+ subscribers between my two Substacks. I can verify that your growth will be directly tied to your existing subscriber base. If I had 1000 subscribers, then I could easily see picking up another 500 with Notes. A few things:
1. If you are small, you may not see anything.
2. I've been on the platform for over a year and have a deep archive. Those with the highest growth rates are very consistent.
3. I am a part of a strong fiction community. We see each others notes and like/restack them, which drives a network effect.
4. Your Notes should be about good writing, and not just yours. I'm trying to primarily highlight other speculative fiction writers and that has helped.
Maybe that will be of some benefit to a few of you.
Notes is where it's at! This can be a BIG thing here! Keep at it.
If you’re wondering why you’re not also receiving thousands of new subscribers a day since Notes started -- it’s not a *you* thing!!
One small recommendation: add Instagram to the list of share options. Specifically, enable notes sharing to Instagram Stories. Spotify's share option is a good example. This would allow us to promote our notes obviously. But it would also feel more aesthetically pleasing than a cropped image.
I like notes! My favorite substack we’d have been sharing other substacks I would’ve otherwise missed. Will be great to post quotes from, I’ll check that feature out
This is so overwhelming to me, lol.
I've seen a little bit of growth in my newsletter, but it isn't that much.