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Who's celebrating a milestone this week?

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Two milestones! On a personal front, I turned 45. On a professional front, Situation Normal just passed 1,000 subscribers!

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Happy birthday! And happy 1,000!

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Welcome to the mid-40s. It’s not bad!

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Congrats on both. Getting old has its advantages.

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When I see young un’s walking in winter with their shoulders hunched up to their freezing ears and their freezing bare hands pulled up into their sleeves I think, “Another good thing about growing old. I don’t have to be cool and I don’t have to be cold. Then I zip up my snow machine suit a trifle and walk on, smiling.

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As Oscar Wilde said, though, youth is wasted on the young!

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I hope age isn't wasted on the old.

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I guess that depends on what you think "old" is. I'm think 23 years older than you are right now is old...so...87?

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Way to go hitting The Big 1K!

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Wow! Happy Birthday Michael. And what a milestone. I will check you out.

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Congratulations on 1,000!

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Congrats, Michael. For your late 40s I wish you the very best. And 1,000—just wowww! Onwards and upwards 🚀😊

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I'm kind of wondering about the time frame here. How long did it take to reach 1000 subscribers?

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Your articles are dope Michael. Loved reading them! And congrats to both of us on sharing the 1K milestone!

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Hello, I am a first generation student in the U.S. and recently started writing on substack about human rights. I am almost to 50 subscribers, would appreciate if you could read my writing, give some advice, perhaps subscribe and add me to your reading list!

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Congrats on the 1K and all the hard work that went into it!

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Happy birthday! Congratulations on the subscribers.

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Many happy returns! And subscriptions!

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YAY SO HAPPY FOR YOU MR ESTRIN!!!!!

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Happy birthday and congrats!

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Awesome, Michael! Congrats on the 1,000 subscribers!

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Happy birthday! And that's a great number of subs! :D

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I hit three months publishing on Substack and celebrated with a "Quarterly Roundup" post.

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Congratulations, Holly! I'm planning on doing something similar when I hit email 100: a round-up of my most popular posts. Keep up the great work.

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Congratulations, Holly! I also hit three months yesterday (I don't count my initial placeholder post back in March). Cheers and good wishes for the next three!

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Another 3-month 'stackiversary twin--awesome! Keep going!

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OMG you are also an IT security professional, I love it. Subscribing!

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Oh no! Pressure's on! Hahahaha! I rarely write about the day job, but maybe I should do a post on how an English major turned into a security analyst...

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Congratulations, an important milestone, and a Roundup post fits an important milestone.

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Congratulation, Holly !

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Well done, Holly! 3 months' consistency is a great achievement.

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I am very happy that you do!

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Nice milestone. Now it's a habit.

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Thanks, Dave! Just this morning I was congratulating myself on being ahead of my publishing schedule because I'm writing more. I can't say I've developed a routine or any rituals with writing, but it definitely has become a near-daily habit--the lack of which held me back for years!

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That's great, Holly. It is what I aim to do after years of not writing....congrats!

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This week I've hit 50+ subscribers - I'm thrilled! And I've just realised that I started here on 8th June - so I guess that's happy three-month birthday to my newsletter today! :D

Thanks Katie - and team - for such a great platform!

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Congrats, Rebecca!

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Dang! Nice! I haven't seen a big push like that yet... waiting, playing, trying things. I'm sure when I figure it out, it'll happen. Congrats!

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Awesome! Your 'stackiversary is very close to mine!

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STACKIVERSARY - I love it! Congratulations on yours!!! :D

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Holly has a knack for such "neologisms." She also converted an old (and vulgar) description of a sudden Black Swan landing to “When the excrement hit the air conditioning.”

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I can't take credit for that one, Pete. There's a footnote crediting Mr. Vonnegut. I loved his phrase, and it totally fit the situation!

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Well deserved, Rebecca - one of my favorite Substacks!

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Awwww Mark - likewise! Avid H.A.T.T.E.R. right here! :D

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I'll second Mark. I always wonder what you'll come up with next. Always entertaining!

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just subscribed to yours. It looks like the kind of eclectic collection of stuff I write about at terryfreedman.substack.com I enjoyed the article about rules!

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Awesome! Thank you. I'll take a look at yours. Glad you like the article. You wouldn't believe what else happens here. More to come.

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Thanks Matthew!

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Ha Ha. I meant Rebecca but yours is entertaining as well.

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Yeah, sorry, realized that after... :S

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Right on, first 50!

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Congratulations. 50 for me as well! Love those round numbers.

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Congrats Rebecca! So satisfying, isn't it, to find you have a loyal fanbase?

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Well deserved and congrats! :)

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Congrats on both milestones, Rebecca!

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Congrats on your substackiversary. Congrats on hitting 50+ subscribers. Congrats on sustaining the hard work.

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Well done, Rebecca. You must be onto something. And this from the author who's "lost." Wishing you all the best :)

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That's so kind, Matt - thank you! I absolutely get lost - mostly geographically, but probably also in my own head too!

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Great milestone! Keep it up!

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Six months on Substack! (https://brianreindel.substack.com)

It's been going really well, and I'm super happy with all of the features that are being introduced along the way. I may have mentioned it before, but I also surpassed 100 subscribers not too long ago, and now I'm up to 115, a large part of that due to the recommendations feature. Kudos to the whole Substack team for your efforts to make the platform the best it can be! The fiction community on Substack is growing, and is a wonderful group.

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I just received my first recommendations last week (feels like such a big compliment) and I have really loved adding my own and getting recommendations from other newsletters I sign up for. Sort of our own custom algorithm that feels more trusted... "if you like this, you may also like this..."

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That it’s writer-driven (or “custom”) and not algorithmic makes all the difference in the world.

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I have to say the ease with which people can make recommendations is a really big plus -- much better than other newsletter services I've tried.

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Fun to see a familiar face here! 100 subscribers is an awesome milestone!

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Awesome, Brian! Hoping someone will recommend me at some point, or at least leave one of those testimonials I sometimes see on welcome pages. I think it's a really powerful way to get more subscriptions. I've discovered a lot of great publications this way, and I love recommending my favorite pubs for other people to discover. Keep up the great work!

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Thanks Matt! It took some effort to find a community of like minded people that I wanted to support by subscribing, liking and commenting, and who would also enjoy my work. I try to keep my own recommendations list shorter and will rotate out from time to time to try and give some other writers some love. Most important is to keep writing and find your groove!

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Congratulations Brian, that's a big achievement !

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Hello fellow Brian! I love the images you have with your stories. Where do you get them?

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Thank you fellow Brian - spelled the "right way" to boot! 😉 I create them all custom myself. I used to focus on art and illustration before writing, and so it helps scratch the itch without pulling me back into that world completely.

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Congratulations Brian!

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Thanks for the "recommendation" information. I was not clued in to those. I will for sure start using that feature.

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Has your weekly organic subscriber count accelerated ?

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It's hard to say. I don't pay super close attention to the sources of new subscribers other than recommendations.

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I will steal your idea as from now on. I will start paying super close attention to subscribers through recommendations.

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Done, but I’m not normally active on Reddit.

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Can I join this subreddit

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🙋‍♂️ I hit the one year mark on 9/1!

To celebrate, I sent a post out yesterday that includes all 12 of the original instrumental songs I sent over the last year in a single audio file — 33 minutes of instrumental music: https://fogchaser.substack.com/p/volume-one

Excited to kick off another year with Substack!

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The picture of all the post images together is so beautiful

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Oh, thank you!

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Congratulations!

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Thank you!

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Happy substack birthday

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Congrats! Excited to listen straight through.

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Thank you!

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Beautiful - I'm going to set aside time to listen to this after Office Hours!

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Thank you!

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Congrats on your anniversary!

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Thank you!

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Im looking forward to hearing the first of Volume 2!

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Thanks, Kevin!

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Love that original gift to your subscribers! Congrats on a year!

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Thank you Holly!

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I don't have a milestone but I have wonderful news. I am now the official podcaster for an all women's wrestling promotion called Goddesses of War. This is the sister promotion to Titan Championship Wrestling. I will be featuring the podcast coverage and podcast episodes on my substack.

https://marieshadows.substack.com

Dreams come true when the chase continues and the results can be very surprising.

I've uploaded a new wrestler interview and still have a lot of wrestling to catch up on to post my thoughts. The wrestling community on Substack is small and I try to subscribe and recommend all of them on my Substack.

I'm also trying to think of the best way to present the idea of the funds from subscriptions will be going towards travel to the wrestling events since I'm now a team member to the company. Tips and tricks and advice is appreciated. I'm currently at 149 readers (apparently I lost 2 readers) with 2 yearly subs.

Thanks guys.

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Congrats Marie ! I'm so happy for you ! "Dreams come true when the chase continues and the results can be very surprising. " that's true !

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That's so awesome, Marie! Congratulations!

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Thank you! I appreciate it!

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As of last week, I now have 30 subscribers. I never even expected half of that.

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That's awesome, Mark! Congrats!

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Thank you!

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Brilliant, Mark! :D

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Thanks, Rebecca! :)

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Congratulations Mark!

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First month and first special article here !

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Go Kryze!

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Congrats, Kryze!

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Thank you!

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One month in, 127 subscribers, with 23 paid! It's wonderful to see the 4-5 convert from free to paid. SO EXCITING for someone so new to the game!

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That's REALLY great growth, Giyen -- congrats! Keep going!

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Thank you Sarah! It feels good!

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That's an outstanding conversion rate. I would be envious to have half of that conversion rate!

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Well, I’m just starting out. I am hoping to grow this into something bigger!

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wow, that's an amazing ratio. Congrats.

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Thank you! It’s very encouraging.

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5,900 subscribers hopefully by tomorrow (a few short right now!)

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Congratulations!

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Wow, impressive.

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Not yet this week, but sometime next week, I will hit 100 paid subscribers :)

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Wow, right on. Do you have a metric that tells you approximately how many free vs paid subs?

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Well done. What % of your overall subscribers is this?

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4%, but I just put a paywall up for the first time, so that 4% is expected to rise

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First post with over 200 views!

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I released the 2nd Season of my podcast yesterday and hit record downloads... by a lot. YAY!

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Yahooo!

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Your content/niche is awesome. Just sub'd to get to know you a bit better. Congrats on the # of downloads. I rejoined IG this week (after being banned a year ago) I was nervous to go back but had a great comeback response with new 50-60 ppl signing up on SS!! https://www.instagram.com/therealcoachoh/

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😍😍 that's awesome! I'm into it especially since you said you got banned... I got to see this now @theory_gang 😂

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Congratulations - really intrigued by the name Syllojism.

Deepass Chakra? LoL.

Would love to chat about the neuroscience of story structure if you're looking for interesting people to interview - www.leonconrad.com/lawsofform. :)

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Yeah, I mean typically people listen to a podcast before they offer themselves up as guests, but to each their own.

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I'm excited that unseenstlouis.substack.com has hit 400 subscribers, and at the pace at which it's growing it might exceed my first Substack Story Cauldron by the end of the year. I also got some amazing feedback from a couple of people who don't even live in St. Louis, and that helps keep me going! :)

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That's great, congratulations

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A milestone I'm celebrating is, after two hard years, having time to read and write!

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made it to my first month on substack! i now have over 50 subs🥳💗🥹 wishing everyone the best with their writing!!

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Just taking a moment to wish everyone well on their writing and publishing adventures! Even when times seem tough, let's keep pushing forward, writing and publishing the best material we can and CARRY ON!

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Thank you, Mark. And all the same wishes to you.

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Love this, Mark, and thank you!! 🌿

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Hello! I'm grateful for the constant improvements. I recently crossed two years and am at 428 newsletters and podcasts. I've reestablished myself as a driving media force in my community, and I'm fending off suitors who want to hire me. Thanks to the revenue I get from Substack, I'm able to fend them off and imagine how I can stay in control of my work and what I want to write about. I'm approaching 1,600 subscribers and nearly 450 pay!

Thanks, Substack folks! You're helping me realize my dream and I'm enormously grateful.

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I love this. If Substack can breathe healthy economics back into local journalism, that would be amazing. Curious about how you get the word out to your local community.

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I'm actually considering moving my fb page and blog "Why Woodville?" over to substack. I could kill that Squarespace subscription and not have to worry about jumping on social to post (been trying to get away from social media). I've not posted a lot there lately just because family crises have me traveling a lot, but moving it over to Substack may be the refresh I need to get it going again. It's not really journalism...just posting what I love about my community (people, places, food!).

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I think you have a great idea there. I just took a look at it. I think it would flourish.

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Oh wow--thanks! The mission of it got a little sideways at one point when everyone in the community wanted me to advertise this and that for them. But that was never the point of it. So I took a break with the intention of going back to the original purpose--telling the world why we were crazy enough to move to a tiny, broke, seemingly nothing town.

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I've been a journalist here for a while, so I'm starting a little more than on square one. I announce each post on Twitter, do a Sunday preview thread on Reddit that I post in my local community's sub, and I sometimes use Facebook. The first two work well, the third is hit or miss.

I'm the radio once a week to preview what's coming up, which is also helpful!

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Cool, re: hooking into a local community Reddit. Maybe your local coffeeshop would let you leave postcards on the counter? (Or maybe that's too print-zine....)

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This is a great idea! Thank you!

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Seriously, if I didn't have to do my day job and if students didn't need to be taught and my family didn't need the money, I would consider starting a local Substack for our community. We need good, factual local journalism.

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We've talked about this before, but I 110% agree. This is top of mind as our local paper comes on Thurdays, and anymore it's basically a pamphlet...

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If you or anyone else wants to do that, I'll be happy to help. I have a couple of other things I do as well (including a Wordpress blog and a wiki) but this is what I do for a living. So many have left the profession, but I refuse to quit!

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Oh, to have that kind of growth! Just trying to be consistent and stay at it.

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A key for me is that I write about things people want to know, and I came to the newsletter with an established name in my community. I'm a writer, and I write about stuff other people don't care about. My challenge is to make it interesting, but I also know that many people won't read everything. I've really enjoyed the work.

I enjoy reading your newsletter when I am able to. I get so many emails but I'll make an effort to take a look more on the app!

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Truth! I set up a new email address for just my writing (so mostly Substack for now) so that it isn't all going to my personal email but I have SOOOO many newsletters to go through!

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Oh, I should also say the growth has been slow.

My second newsletter I started is also growing at a very slow rate., which is good because I dont' have the time to do it fully yet. But, again, Substack makes it easy!

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That’s definitely relatable! Anymore, I just block a specific time to sit down and go through them.

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Sometimes I have to wait until the weekend to catch up on my newsletters. It can be overwhelming. Separate email is definitely the way to go.

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I use the app for my must-reads, including Brandon Jarvis' Virginia Political Newsletter. I also use the app to do a read or two after I've published to find mistakes I've made.

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So inspiring, Sean!

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Those are great stats, Sean! Congrats on creating control in how you work!

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This is wonderful. Just shared your good news with the whole Substack team!

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Excellent. We've got a growing Substack information bubble here in my part of Central Virginia, with Tammy Purcell's Engage Louisa. I'm so grateful that every feature I've wanted magically shows up! I promote Substack everywhere I go!

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That's amazing Sean. Any special tips you feel got you where you are, besides I'm sure great writing? I'd be interested to know how you structure what goes out to paid subs versus free, and whether you send all posts to free subscribers with a paywall?

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I found Substack when I was looking for a delivery platform. I left journalism in 2018 when the place I worked had a management change. When the pandemic hit, I was very concerned people weren't going to get accurate information, so I brushed off old audio skills I wasn't using. I made a podcast, but the platform I was using wasn't very good. I helped build that nonprofit, and when I left people were very confused. There was a market I knew I could tap into, and I created a Patreon for people to get me back into the game.

Mostly everything I do is free, because I'm clear about messaging to subscribers that they're paying to subsidize the content for everyone. I don't like to have things behind paywalls, but I do have a "first-look" for some things, like property transactions. I am considering doing more in this, as I also have a Wordpress website I use as an archive.

I also write a personalized email to every single paid subscriber, though it takes a while to get to that. I'm trying to build a dedicated audience, and so far I've only had about two dozen people not renew, and only one disputed transaction!

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Congrats Sean! That's super inspiring!

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How exciting! Controlling our own work is such a benefit of Substack.

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Wow, that's amazing Sean.

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No - I wish I could and that's the plan and the goal. I need some staff help to make that happen, and I'm working on that!

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Substack love the new email notifications that list the source of the subscription!

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Yeah came here to say the same thing. Saves a lot of clicks, nice update

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I noticed that too! I like it!

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