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How can I keep consistency in days I do not feel like writing! :)

And how to avoid giving up 😱

https://livmkk.substack.com/p/on-giving-up

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Be at peace with the fact that you can’t give 100% every day, and go live your life so that there’s something to write about.

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Declare those days as non-writing writing days: read, research or rest. All good

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You are for the most part a good writer and thinker, but I cannot help but deplore your comment that it is "all good."

About ten to twenty years ago, I started to hear a bevy of burghers state that "it's all good,."

People who think it is all good have led charmed, protected and pampered lives. They think it is all good becasue they have never had to sing the blues. They know not a wit about serious physical illnesses, unjust criminal prosecutions, evictions, poverty, rejection and disparagement.

Go tell the people slaughted in the earthquake in Turkey that it is all good.

The assertion that it is "all good" is the vestigial remains of Thomas Aquinas' natural law theory,. Aquinas said:

God is good. God made the world. Therefore the world is good.

Yeah, Right. Typhoid fever and diptheria are good. As Freud said, If I ever met God on his majestic throne I would present him with a child's cancerous bone and ask, "How do you justify this."

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David, I take your points to heart. I suspect the intent with "it's all good" to try to find the meaning or higher purpose (what say you, #Livio?) but I do understand. I am a trauma survivor and write about really hard things and how to get through them, so a comment like that, if taken literally, can grate. It's NOT all good. But we do have to find something to come out of it, otherwise there is only despair. While I am no Freud, I am a mental health professional and the things I've heard recently in sessions would make anyone see it's not "all good." And I would indeed hand the violence in the world to God if I had the opportunity. And the child's cancer bone.

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In this case, the context was light-hearted and about writing. It seems a bit unfair to chastise someone for using a phrase that, in another context, might office the miserable and afflicted.

That wasn't the case here.

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Or, Terry may have just been saying that the options he listed could all be a good use of your time when lacking enthusiasm to start writing.

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Good and bad are just a duality; sometimes, embracing the larger perspective helps find meaning and purpose. We all have good and bad writing days when the juices flow or not. I always appreciate your writing, original thoughts, and perspective. I referred to one of your superb recent articles in my latest post, https://www.inmindwise.com/p/the-power-of-identity-and-perspective

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I looked forward to reading your article.

Transcending duality comes effortless when I am one In being. Thanks Ron, I’m going to support your stack. Martin

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Then again, all the horror gave us 'Candide.'

#OTOH

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Excellent. Acquinas, yes. Freud put that where it belongs. You explained 'it's all good' as the bs it is.

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You conveyed the mood of the thought well, David!

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If I assess a day as "one of those days," I'll wrack my brain for titles and ideas for future pieces! Another great idea, Terry!

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Well, yes. I suggested to Rebecca Holden, when she couldn't think of anything to write about, to write about not being able to think of anything to write about. It's very meta, to use a modernist or maybe a post-modernist term designed to convince people that I'm a big-ass literary critic kind of guy, but it works!

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In the 80s I had a creative artist friend of mine who said, "I've never known someone to write so much about how much you can't write!"

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Yes! I find that I have to build time for solitude, play, adventure, and reading or my output is null!

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Do you think a meetup for everyone who craves solitude would work? Or is there a flaw in that model? 🤔

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That was probably a joke, but actually, as someone who needs solitude but also loves connecting with people, I actually love writing with people (even on zoom). As long as there are 'no talking' and 'talking' times built in, it's a formula for balaned awesomeness!

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Yes. I do love to do my own things (eg reading) inside a (not too busy) coffee shop! :) So, yes, maybe the models is not flawed.

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i feel you answered that perfectly, Medha.

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I hate the very idea, except in the context of a writing course!

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I also thought it was a joke. 😅

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It takes me an hour to get through a 10 minute Yoga routine, because I am constantly standing up to use the laptop on a bookshelf and record thoughts I am having. Music helps with that, whether the lyrics of the song or suddenly reminding me of a particular era in my life.

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Hey, Pete! Good to "see" you here!

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Thanks, Holly! Good to "see" I'm still remembered! I have been more of a "lurker" after that stroke/heart attack/pacemaker implant/severe respiratory infection just as a monster blizzard hit. But...we are now out of winter's tunnel and into 10-plus hours of daylight calm days and an early February thaw has me dragging my old bones out for increasingly longer walks.

And...it has been good to see you all over the place, encouraging others, a valuable contribution to the platform.

After a rare windy day, the atmosphere seems to be catching its breath as the sun goes down, so I better copy this, close and open again, becasue I have been offline for about five hours.

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It's great that you realized this.

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......and, cross-post in the interim.

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Yes. And repost older ones, perhaps with a different slant

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This is one of my favorite things to do. Repost and sometimes revise older pieces that still say what I want them to say. They deserve a whole new audience and now they'll get it!

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yes. yes. yes.

the half life of the internet is about 0.33 seconds, chances are there is a good deal of your audience who has never seen a piece of writing (new people, people who missed the first post, people who skimmed it). Especially if you add or revise, you can get a whole lot of mileage out of past writing.

Sometimes I'll just take a line or paragraph from an older piece and use it as a prompt to access new writing.

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Yes!

Especially if you have expanded your subscriber list.

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Lots of times reposting lets you gather the thoughts that you had after "pushing the button" -- second thoughts, elaborations, contradictions, new developments. And you might just end up having a totally different idea in the process.

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i frequently am prompted to make changes, then re-post

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Yes! A second chance. Brilliant!

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Yes to this--a re-visit/conversation.

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Another good idea, Terry! Be careful of the slant, though.....I tend to get nauseous when reading on an angle!

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What do you mean? Copy/paste, then edit? Interesting!

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Yes, or a post called On this day... and write an intro for, and a link to, an article you wrote on today's date last year or whatever

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Good opportunity to admit old mistakes, which only enhances the credibility of someone who follows the advice I got when I told my Uncle Bill, "I hate to be wrong!" He said, "Just admit you were wrong and you will be right!"

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Ha. You're the second person who's shared sage advice from a wise uncle! I love that quote from Uncle Bill!

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Wow.  Well said, Uncle Billy! 👍

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Do you change them, when you post them again? Or simply "cross-post" the old ones?

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Depends. Sometimes I will amend them if a new link has come across my radar, or whatever the expression is.

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Would be cool to be able to post them again, as I do in case of cross-posts. Indeed, when I published some of them my audience was quite small still...

But I am not sure how to technically achieve that result.

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Sometimes I just repost, but if it's something from years ago I might have to add a clarifying paragraph about the timeline.

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You mean cross-posting in case I won't be able to write my own articles?

Wouldn't you be worried to divert your audience away from you?

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I think the cross-posting of great articles show you to be a person worth following

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I agree. But just because you cross-post someone's writing doesn't mean they're going to follow you back.

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You obviously haven't read my writing. I'm far more confident in what I do, and how I do it to be wasting time and energy hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about THAT! But, that's just me.....apparently. And, what Terry said!☝

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I'm confident in my writing. I've only been here for 8 months and only have 100 subscribers, but I feel if the writing's good, people will come.

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I'm confident in your writing too, Brad -- and in my own. Look out for my new newsletter, narcissistsunite.substack.com

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And, sarcasm apart, I think it is a great suggestion! I'll give it a try with some articles that can be relevant for my audience. Possibly from the authors I recommend.

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Sorry. I guess I haven't been a good student ;)

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I suppose anytime you give an external link you run the risk of "losing" readers, even for a time, to that other website. But crossposts are great when you really love an article and it totally adds to what you're doing.

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I went to your page, looked at it and thought, I need to get into that later, so signed up.

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That is a good thought and reminder for me that puts into many links onsite and offsite.

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not at all, Livio 😊 i just cross-posted an article for the first time, that i think will inspire my readers. Important thing is that it is relevant to what you're writing about, or parallel, at least.

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I have a story about that. I wrote an article about how Israel is not becoming a fascist state despite what his holiness Tom Friedman says. Another writer wrote a more eloquent piece, and ended saying that he fears where we are heading, though it definitely is not in the direction of fascism. What can I say? If I had read his article first I would not have written mine, I think, but in order to provide my readers a wider view of the subject and yes, to introduce them to a good writer, I cross-posted his article. Ladies and gentlemen, the results (as of today):

My original post: https://ehudneor.substack.com/p/a-yarmulke-on-both-your-houses

302 total views

The cross post (P. David Hornik) https://godofthedesert.substack.com/p/israel-the-sturdy-ship-of-the-jewish

1,711 total views

Terry Freedman--Have I prompted the universe enough? :)

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That's not for me to say 🙂

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Great idea! Interacting with another writer can tap into a whole new stream of consciousness.

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Maybe I could write about that :D

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Well said. Sometimes we spend so much time on the end, that we forget that we need to get there first.

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Since I am a recent amputee I am by definition, less than 100%

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Well....looks like you'll need a hand, then, to fully arm yourself to get a leg up on the competition. But, it can all start toe-day!

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Everyone else has a leg up on me in terms of competition. But I am very good at hopping in a circle.

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Well, as they say in sheep-farming..............."Ewe do ewe."

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I fully agree with you.

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Don't worry about consistency. One of the best insights I heard was on a podcast (I'll try to find it) where an author blasted the idea of 'write XXX amount of time per day'. She was like....I'm a binge writer. She'd lock herself in a room for 3 days and write a book, and then do nothing for months. Some people work well with consistency.

I don't. I have dozens of drafts floating in my dashboard and as I come across new info I'll go and toss that into a draft, make a new draft, or whicehver. Suddenly one will tip and I'll sit down and binge edit and write. Then I might sit back and not use it that week and shift to something else. I'm not consistent at all except for posting one essay a week. I just don't know half the time which one it will be until a day or so before.

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I'm a lot like this and this is such a relief to read. I had made myself feel guilty many times for not having a writing consistency through the years, which made me feel even more blocked. But you're so right...thank you for this!

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I feel a kindred spirit in you.😅

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And build up a buffer of stories so you don’t have to write every day.

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I agree with this. I have 7 stories already to go. i just need to fine tune them. So each week, I've got the work already prepared.

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We are waiting for your publications.

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I'm the same way! There's a time to write and a time to... collect ideas in your mind while you're living. Which really is, in a way, writing, anyway.

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agree completely, Alicia. I call these my non-writing writing days. I read somewhere that it's impossible for writers to ever truly go on holiday, because everything is potentially grist to the mill

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Isn't the definition of living "collecting ideas." Even if I am writing, I am still collecting ideas even if I am only recycling my own ideas.

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I do this too, I have a file full of drafts and half-drafts and sometimes I sit down to polish one into the weekly newsletter and end up writing something else instead! Whatever feels right and is working best for that week.

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ahh how i'd love to have the luxury of being able to lock myself away for 3 days and just write...

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I write in a similar way. For three months, I’ll write every morning, for 3-5 hours, and a couple more at night. Then I freeze up for six months.

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Six months—don't you think that's a long time?

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Thank you. Really appreciate this perspective and permission!

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I am writing for 1 hour a day. But I have lost momentum and now I am not very happy about the topics I can bring up! They are not very heart felt.

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Take a pause and refill your inspiration. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your writing is take a break.

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Refilling inspiration....

You do need to refill your creative tank. But I think that is different than inspiration. I find inspiration usually follows the perspiration. If you wait to write until you are inspired to write, you will wait a long time.

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On the contrary, you can amplify your inspiration so that it’s a daily habit and I never said wait until you’re inspired to write. That’s only for amateurs.

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Indeed, a break is very important at work. I prefer to work for 2–3 hours and then take a break.

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it sounds like writers' burnout, Livio. What if you posted every 10 days or every 2 weeks for a while, instead of once a week? Just as a test.

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I would need to allow myself to do that :) The cross-posting idea was also a good suggestion.

I am honestly afraid to lose the habit, in a moment in which quite some other things are changing for me...

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Growing up I read quite a bit. I hadn't written anything in years. I wrote my first post here and several people told me that the writing was strong. I am not a writer like many of you here but my point is I don't think you'll lose the habit. I believe these things are ingrained, it all comes back when you restart.

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...something that always gets me going is to watch a bio on a writer... Didion, Bellows, Morrison, Ephron. There are so many to choose from. Even on YouTube. Constant inspiration is EVERYWHERE.

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Don't worry about having ideas that are not very heartfelt.

If your commitmennt to your ideas are not intense, you will be more adept at modifying them to curry favor with your audience.

In our vulgar, superficial, catty and crabby capitalistic world, people with strong passion,s and loves are burned the most. The snide, sarcastic sons of bitches who really don't give a damn about anything or anyone rise to the top .

And, with all due respect, writing one hour a day ain't that much. However, It is perhaps indicative of being somewhat diligent in the case of 16 year olds who like Beyonce or Justin Bieber

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What do you mean? Publishing even ideas that are not heartfelt?

I find challenging to write on topics which are not alive for me in that moment.

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I so get that. I was involved in a traumatic accident at work and couldn't write a thing until last October. I was posting old stuff and avoiding actual writing. I finally signed up for the NaNoWriMo Challenge and got active again. But I'm notoriously lazy. Creative...but lazy.

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I posted a query about writing and consistency a few minutes ago. It vanished into the ether. I am posting it again.

Many social media mavens and experts in the egocentric field of self-promotion counsel “writers” to be consistent and to endeavor to make all of one’s posts sort of echo one another and cohere together into a recognizable BRAND.

To me such “consistency” is not only a bore but also the mark of a closed mind. Anyone who utters the same BS for a long period of time is walling off his mind from new ideas which may challenge his straight-jacketed mode of thought.

MY PROBLEM, CONCRETELY: Sometimes I am as red and radical as Bolshevik Russian Borscht. Sometimes I sound like a slightly more erudite version of Archie Bunker. I call ‘em as I see ‘em. I do not adhere to dogmas of the left or the right.

Consequently, I am universally despised. Liberals hate me because occasionally I am conservative. Conservatives hate me because sometimes I sound like a Stalinist.

How does someone whose mind is a motley menagerie of seemingly contradictory ideas gain a following.

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This is why I embrace the polymathic mindest. The key is to tone down the rough edges and to leave and let lay much of the time. As a Libertarian I can understand your dichotomy. But then again, I also realize it's rarely binary just like quantum physics.

https://polymathicbeing.substack.com/p/quantum-superposition-and-politics

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The good news is, hated people get followed as well.

Do you have en example of these contradictory ideas?

I can't give you the answer because I am seeking a following as well. I know I am not great at self promotion, however most of my posts do have a theme.

One answer is to create a brand around one substack, and if you have a theme to other thoughts, you can place that into another substack.

You can also do some A/B testing. Maybe create one big substack, but view your different interests in terms of "bits" or "segments."

At least that are some of my thoughts.

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Thanks for your thoughts.

You refer to A/B testing. What is that.

As for my seemingly contradictory ideas, I welcome you to examine my newletter

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A/B testing is when you try one thing, and then you try something else, and see which resonates more with your audience. Reminds me of Kevin Kostner in the movie "Tin Cup when Renee Russo says at one point that at times she finds him charming so he says "Well then, could you give me a clue what those moments are so that I can replicate them."

I don't do this enough, the A/B testing, and I certainly am not thinking about a strategy behind it.

I do see that you have already separated your substack into Politics/Non Politics.

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You made me laugh.

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Thanks, there are many more funny remarks on my substack newsletter. I 'll read yours if you read mine

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I subscribed immediately after I read your comment and perused your posts’ headlines. I look forward to reading then.

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In fact, there is no need to worry about this. Everyone has their own approach, you are right.

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As for tending to your subbies, cross-posting is a good idea! I've made that suggestion to a few fellow writers, especially if their lone output are posts where they do little more than whine about how badly they feel!

Feel bad all you want, I guess, and even inform your subbies of your "blah-ness," but a more worthwhile endeavor might be to pass along some slightly more substantive content....and, it's OK to shout out the quality content of another 'Stacker!

As for "keeping consistency" in YOUR writing, my go-to is coffee! But, the cross-post...it's not just for breakfast anymore! Good luck!

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Bug believer in coffee (therefore the name, The Caffeinated Writer:)

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Although today I'm at a coffee shop having Matcha

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I’m a little torn on cross posting. I worry I’m simply spamming my subscribers.

I also steer away from too much self indulgence and focus on actions for my readers. I feel I need to give them something you take away and make their life better.

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Good point. I think one might use that option quite judiciously, but perhaps should still be considered occasionally.

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I think you'd only be "spamming" your subscribers if you cross-posted indiscriminately. Ex: Writing about music, I'd love to do a commemorative post on the late Burt Bacharach. As he died "without warning," I was having trouble finding the time to actually get to it.

Lo and behold, a fellow music writer has put together a wonderful tribute. I'll be cross-posting that within the week. Knowing my reader base, I know they'll appreciate it. I consider that "an action for my readers," and nothing in the "self-indulgence" ballpark.

Whether the cross-post will "make their life better," is likely unknowable, at least to me (a measurable analytic I'm hoping 'Stack can conjure up at some point)!

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Yeah, that’s a good way of thinking about it.

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I think people are way overthinking (and missing the point of cross-posting)----not you...I'm putting this on the thread, 'cause I just thought of it: Some people have the notion that cross-posting is akin to copyright infringement/stealing...."oooh, I'd be really careful about cross-posting."

If I cross-post, say, one of YOUR articles, all it is (again, this message is for others on here....not you, Martin!) is like you, all of a sudden, adding my 250 (stop giggling) subscribers to your subscriber list! That's all it is....for those who were screaming about theft or copyright infringement elsewhere here. Anyway, thanks, Martin, for the space to document that on this thread! I couldn't believe (Thursday) all the pointless hand-wringing about cross-posting that was going on!!! Cheers!😁✏

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I also believe that my posts improve the lives of my followers.

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My go-to is either jasmine tea or a good cup of hot chocolate (the real kind) :)

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Hi Birgitte! I need to switch over to a cup o' tea every now and then....I always seem to lean on the coffee at my usual Panera haunt!!☕

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never heard of Panera

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Panera Bread, in full. A national (US) chain. Sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, baked goods, salads....I spend 12-15 hours at them on a regular basis! That alone should explain the coffee consumption! And, the several Panera employees at 4 different Austin locations who subscribe to FR&B can attest to my insistent sales pitch! "ABC" (always be closing, as my brother used to say)!

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Hello Brad :) Too bad we can't have a real tea in person. You know my fave at Panera are their cookie muffins, think they have their own name for them...

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I hear ya, Birgitte!! That'd be cool! Yes, I just walked by the pastry case (all the baked prisoners were mocking me mercilessly as I trundled by), and it's the Chocolate Chip Muffie. I think I went out with her in high school. Lovely gal. Cheers!

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Every now and then? Well, I suppose I'm the same, if by every now and then you mean hourly

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jasmine tea? yeucch. Well, it's ok-ish I suppose. Personally I like tea that will kick-start me when I'm flagging. Hot chocolate: I like it, but am not allowed to have it. <sigh>

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I just wish I could figure out how to get more people to cross-post my stuff! I would gladly work with a group of people for cross-posting my favorite material from them.

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Well, I would only want someone to cross-post me if they truly dug the content! I'm already "gratuitously" subscribed to too many 'letters....I wouldn't want a slew of people cross-posting because they, somehow, thought they had to (or tit-for-tat something just because I cross-posted one of theirs)!

There's a couple people here today whom I surprised with links......I wrote about someone I remember reading about in one of THEIR articles...it would never occur to me to NOT link to a fellow writer about a similar topic/person if I can remember recently reading their piece.....I'd link to one of MY articles......if I'm aware of a related post on 'Stack (short of doing an exhaustive search, of course), I'll link to theirs as readily as I'd link to one of mine!

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Interesting, Brad. I hadn't thought of this. I am relatively new to Substack - just under 4 months - and so my task has been creating consistent informative pieces on healing that are researched. While I've met other 'Stackers, I haven't had an a-ha about cross-posting. Thanks

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Somewhere on 'Stack, you can find their original "press-release" where they tell us all about it. Maybe someone here can provide a link to hear it from their mouths! But, I've explained it on a couple of replies here on this thread! Good luck, Faith!!

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Totally agree. This is what I've appreciated over the last year, developing an audience of genuine readers and finding communities here. I want to share the work of those who relate to me and make actual connections. But as I try to step away from traditional social media, I'm beginning to think that this might be where I need to start putting a little of my energy.

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Actually I like your stuff. I grew up in Vancouver at the same time you were growing up. I used to work with someone (T. Johnson), whose brother was in LOVERBOY. He brought in the demo for their second album. We all went out to the parking lot at lunch, smoked a couple of fatties, and listened to it. Brian Adams played at the bar/hotel she worked the front desk at. Love music!

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Cool story, Ben......and, thanks for subscribing!! Please (if you haven't already) feel free to peruse the archived pieces (the Legacy Articles, as I'm prone to say....I even say it when I'm NOT lying down)! Your colleague's brother must've been Doug Johnson, then.

Thanks again for joining us behind the velvet rope line, Front Row & Backstage, Ben!

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Write good stuff, and someone will cross-post it. I think it's a good idea and I think I will do it more. It may actually give me the veneer of looking smarter than I actually am.

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I'm just realizing that it's an authentic networking tool that I haven't been using. I need to make a habit of doing it a few times a week when I read a piece that is really thought provoking.

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There are a lot of great think pieces out there. And certainly, if nothing else, could provide a source of much needed inspiration.

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When you say cross-posting assume you mean more than linking. So is it simply a question of getting someone's permission to use their content?

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there's an option to cross-post. But I think it's polite to ask first

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No....I've only ever cross-posted (about half a dozen times) to writers to whom I subscribe (because that's, of course, how I'm exposed to their stuff)...and, no, you need not ask for permission. Every writer would/should be eager/grateful for the coverage!!

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I'm nervous about cross-posting without giving a heads-up to the original author, mainly because I don't know how I feel about it for myself.

Sure, I'd like the exposure, but I'm so old-school I'm still insanely protective of my own work and want to be able to choose where it appears.

I'd say don't cross-post without talking to the writer first. But that's me.

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I guess I see it like "sharing" on social media. I'm not taking credit for the work, I'm just making sure my audience gets something that I also found interesting. I should really do this more often and see if I can get other "Stackers" to do this with me.

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Wow. Permission and consent is something that matters to me, but I have cross-posted without permission before. It honestly hadn't even

occurred to me that some writers wouldn't want it. So thank you for expanding my perspective by sharing yours.

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And, you'd have anyone's e-mail address (or, be able to get it from 'Stack), because you're subscribing to them. Meanwhile, of the six or so that I've cross-posted, about two have never acknowledged, or *gasp,* thanked me. If they hated the very notion, here's hoping they'd have the guts (or whatever) to, at least tell me......or, I might just think they're merely ungrateful.

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I guess when we use the cross-post option, Substack would automatically display the fact that it is someone else's post, right? Or am i wrong? I've not cross-posted yet.

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Just for me and the topics I write about, I'd love my work to be shared anywhere! I've had work published in a few magazines and websites, and as long as the sharing is legal, please "share away"!

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Cross-posting is an opportunity to contact another writer, after all. Might prod them to take a look at your newsletter, if they haven't already.

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Сross-post also bothers me, so I try to stay away from it.😬

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Well you'd think so but some writers are, I guess understandably, touchy about unauthorised use of their content. You mean you just reprint and reference? (I think I'd probably want to clear it first)

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"Unauthorized use," Fiona, is resolved by virtue of the fact you're giving clear and blatant credit to them and their post you're cross-posting. The only down-side is you may get fewer new subscribers from the exposure from the cross-post than you otherwise might've guessed you could have. And, if you're subscribing to them, anyway, and WANT to cross-post, you now have access to their e-mail address. Feel free to ask them. As for me (in case you're just itching to cross-post any of my articles), here's my certified "hey, it's OK....pull the trigger on it!"

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I think if you quote someone's material, it's only good form (and legal) to cite where the information comes from. This is basic copyright. Once a person publishes content, they are the sole owner of the written material. My understanding about cross-post is it's sharing or linking to another person's content which I imagine shows that one is giving credit to the other writer.

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Another question about terminology:

What exacty is cross posing and WHERE can I find a dictionary of social media terminology.

SPEAKING OF TERMINLOGY:

The English language is often characterized as a tongue with a marked propensity for growth. For example, I have read that for every french word there are five english words. For example, when we discovered the potato, the English made up a new word, potato. The French did not. They called it an apple of the ground, or pomme de terre.

However, Sometimes the linguistic mallebility of English seems to border on schizophrena. For example, why are plasma screen TVs given such a name. Plasma is a constituent of blood. Do we exalt technology so much that we think our boob tubes are akin to the life force that is blood.

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Cross-posting is simply sending your subscribers a post of another writer's. When you get an e-mail post of a writer to whom you're subscribing, somewhere on the upper-right-hand corner is a square you can click on that says, "Cross-post." Click on it, and you can write a couple paragraphs (to YOUR subscribers) on why you think they'd like this article by another writer.

Substack will then send an e-mail to that writer informing them that you are cross-posting one of their articles. Here's the important part. That cross-posted article will only "live" in two places----the e-mail of your subscribers, and on your dashboard (so you can see the open rates/analytics of how your subbies react/respond to it, like any of your posts). IT WILL NOT SHOW UP ON YOUR SUBSTACK'S ARCHIVE PAGE (as if it were one of your articles)!

As for dictionary of social media terminology, can't help you!

As for your well-placed questions on words, I direct you to fellow word-lover, Martin Mull, who once said, "Some people have a way with words.....others not have way."

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Don't quote me, but I think that "plasma" might be the name of a fourth state of matter: Liquid, solid, gas and plasma." I look it up, but I need to take a walk on a nice February day and don't need to find myself trapped in a rabbit warren on the web. Hmmm. The "web" that so often ensnares me. This reply is turning into a rabbit hole itself. A Black Hole of Time...

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Maybe not ask, but alert them with a friendly email... I've only done one cross-post, though, and we are subscribed to each other's newsletters.

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Yeah, you are making me think. I think a few of my posts are a bit too much whining 😅 But I try to then share a lesson I have learned by those bad days.

Like in this I share that "I must keep reminding myself" that I am gonna forget the lessons that helped me to go through the dark moments in my path. And that is just fine.

https://livmkk.substack.com/p/i-must-keep-reminding-myself-of-this

While in this I share that when all seemed to have come to an end, "In doubt, just do" was an antidote to get out of paralysis (and similar slogan to the one of a pretty famous brand I do not want to be associated with 👟).

https://livmkk.substack.com/p/in-doubt-just-do

You made me reflect and see a different perspective. I might not publish my last post and change it to be more positive ;)

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Well, it seems to boil down to style. I'm amazed at writers who can speak informally to their subbies. I see what I write more as articles, and not chatty little newsletters where I'm talking to a neighbor over the fence. But, you need to be true to you....the kids, I think, like to say, "You be you."

But, if I'm helping you think about new approaches, fine!

I'll be 68 next month, and would love to have my "articles" outlive me, and be documents, to a degree, of rock history in the years after I'm gone. I also have several industry types subscribing to me, and I know that they expect deep, thoughtful dives into rock and pop music, its history and artists.

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I appreciate it.

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This isn't at all constructive, but given the subject matter of this thread it deserves sharing: <<and, it's OK to shout out the quality content of another 'Stacker!>>

Totally read that as another Slacker. :D

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Nice! I guess it could be written as "St(l)acker"!😉

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What is a subbie. The only thing that comes to mind is a masochist in an S and M relationship

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That's it.....but, it can also be short for "subscribers." Something I always seem to be: Short for subscribers!

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Hi Brad,

I'd love for anyone on Substack to cross-post my work—all are welcome!

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i would have loved to help you, Joan. My Substack is about creativity though. I'll take a look at yours and see if there's anything relateable.

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My go-to is mangling a cat. Works every time

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I've published every day on Substack for over 2 and a half years with the exception of an unplanned 6 day break bedridden with illness. So I think I'm eminently qualified to say: take a break if you need it. I promised my readers daily fiction. If you made no such promises, it's cool to take a day to let ideas percolate or just give your mind a rest. As someone else mentioned, you can be working on things like research without being pressured to hit the publish button.

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I think we also need to normalize changing our minds and our committments to our readers. I've been publishing a founding member's letter once a week on Wednesday in addition to my weekly free Sunday letter and I realized it's just too much right now.

I think being honest and transparent with your readers and explaining why you need to shift your writing output humanizes all of us. In the end, we have to model the life we want for ourselves and others- including taking breaks and scaling back when needed!

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i fully agree with you, Mariah.

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Thanks for this, Mariah. I think it's a really good point. We have to figure out what works for us in our schedules and what we can reasonably complete. And if something changes to let subs know. I myself have a weekly, researched, article on topics such as emotion, grief, healing from trauma, and yes Joy! Yesterday I published a piece on resilience (check it out here: https://faithcbergevin.substack.com/p/resilience-really) as I am kind of fed up with the term. I also release an audio every week on the same essay for those who prefer to listen. It's a lot. And since I have paid subscribers, I am offering a monthly reflection (first one coming out soon). We'll see how it goes. But we need to balance our needs too. And being honest and transparent as you've said goes a long way to build relationship :)

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I noticed that writing the daily articles was taking a little longer than I had planned. Apparently, this is what you are talking about. Maybe I should take a little break...

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Yes, I know it's about #'s and say what ya want but no one wants to write in a void. Once ya get your audience and can write better for them and with them all other things will fall more in place. But til then all's fair. Keep finding what works

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I have a goal to publish every Thursday night, which is largely bc my family is exhausted and in bed early at that point in the week. It’s turned into Friday AM and last week was Sunday. What I was trying to say wasn’t ready until then. It’s important to always write, but publishing needs to be when it’s ready.

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I agree with you, Laura.

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Publishing an article every day for two and a half years is commendable, Jimmy! Do you give yourself a couple of days a month to take a break, or are you stable in this regard?

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I took a break when I had COVID. So there was one 6 day gap in the middle. I even publish stories on days I work on films. Substack stressed consistency as a key to success. I've given them that.

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Thanks for the answer, Jimmy. It's rare to find a man who keeps the promises he makes to his audience for so long. Consistency is the way to success, I'll remember that!

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That's what Substack said. Financially, in terms of paid subscribers, I'm well below where I need to be to call myself a success.

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I'm going to be (maybe) a contrarian here. On days you don't feel like writing, you must still write.

Jerry Seinfeld worked every day. He called it 'The Streak' and he wasn't going to break it. Does every day have to be epic? Does every day have to be long? No. But put a word on paper.

One single word.

The streak continues...

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A good approach especially if you procrastinate or avoid writing. Habits are good and you can start with 5-10 mins and see where it goes. Others may work more organically and that works too.

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i hope we haven't confused Livio now...

This is what i actually do, Chris. If i can't write my Morning Pages then i at least write one sentence. It has often become the title of a future song!

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And writing doesn't have to be a formal piece. It can be journalling - which helps clear out the mental cobwebs.

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The best way to get writing is to write about why you don't have anything to write about today. A strange boolean loop that actually gets it going.

I'm always curious about when announcers talk about pro-athletes, who have skipped just a day or two of practice. They always say 'it's going to take a day or two to find their rhythm again."

Pro athletes - at the top of their game - needing to refind their rhythm just because they missed a day?

Writing is like that for me. I need to write to stay in shape. But yeah, different strokes for different folks.

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Even this comment is a writing exercise to stay sharp. Ha ha.

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“The best way to start writing is to write about why you don’t have anything to write about today.” This is one of the best quotes I have read.🔥

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Great advise, Chris.....Having gone to college in the early '70s, I tried "The Streak." Can't say it helped my writing any, but I did get a lot of pointers.........and laughers.

But, seriously, a good idea, especially the reminder that you need not produce a "War and Peace" every day to consider yourself productive!

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Couldn't have said it better. One sentence can be enough. One word even.

But makers, make. And writers, write.

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✌Write on, Chris!✏

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I've always found so much inspiration in Helen Sword's writing--and her new book, Writing with Pleasure just came out!

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Writing_with_Pleasure/CtGAEAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

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Added to the reading list.

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You have described most of my days when the scheduled time arrives. I have proven, over and over, that if I just get started, I'll find myself writing away and quoting Gilda Radner, "Did *that* come out of *me*!

Proofreading unsubmitted pieces will lead me to editing/revising. Our brains are loaded with ideas and sometimes you just have to poke a hole in the "dam" to start a flood. If nothing else, you will remind your brain that you have an important issue to resolve and it will work away on it as you sleep, or even nap.

Also, take a walk, watch a video or look at cartoons that you know will make you laugh! Laughter has a way of opening the creative sluices on dams.

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So friggin' true! I think part of the reason I don't write is very simple (and outlined in Pressfield's great work 'The War of Art'): SELF-DOUBT. For me, I need to string the days together come hell or high water or self-doubt will start getting more and more of a foothold then it already has.

Just doing the work is the answer.

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