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For the love of all things writing...CAN WE PLEASE HAVE MORE CATEGORIES????

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Loving most of these new tools! Notes is great but inevitably distracting, for me, from the ‘real’/main post writing. SEO will be helpful. Boost sounds good. I think in the end though you just have to write quality material that engages readers. It’ll happen for some and not for others, and that’s okay. We’re dealing here with equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome (‘equity’). Such is the nature of reality. Writing requires boosts and SEO and all that, but also talent and entertaining, meaningful work. Is that controversial to say?

Best of luck to all Substack writers! May your work catch on and rise to the top!!

Michael Mohr

‘Sincere American Writing’

https://michaelmohr.substack.com/

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As far as I know, Substack has a strong position that “readers don’t pay for a single article, but only for subscription”. What about an equivalent of an ebook or a major research paper? I think providing an opportunity for writers to paywall specific posts with a one-off payment (not a recurring subscription) could be an interesting experiment?

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FEATURE REQUEST: The ability to publish to (1) Email Only and (2) App Only, in addition to current options.

Reason: People are more tolerant of scrolling on an app and are likely to be happy with (say) two app articles a day, but are not tolerant of two emails a day, considered spam.

On a Substack I co-manage, we would like to do 2-3 items a day on app only, with only one to email.

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Really looking forward to Boost and how the team continues to expand the options for bundled subscriptions.

Pairing up with a writer or two and offering a group subscription could be a great way to get newer writers to consider going paid.

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Editable embeds... wahoo. Glad that's possible now.

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Having country based categories

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I like the new tab in Notes but I hope in a future update, substack considers making it easy to follow people rather than just subscribing. You have to go through a couple menus before getting to that option

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how about some advice for readers?

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Thank you for continuously investing in us, Substack!!

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I’m running into the same issues here as on every other platform, being buried by the algorithms. I’ve been curious what the criteria is for Substack to promote a newsletter as I’ve seen it do, and so far it seems it is based on number of subscribers, so it appears to be chicken and egg scenario where you can be promoted without a large number of readers, but you can’t grow to a large number without some promotion. I’d love to know that they will pull from all newsletters to feature good writing and not just the popular ones.

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It would be cool to have language also in category (from everybody in Québec, France and all the frenchies around the world!)

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Great features. I have a specific feature request; would really appreciate the ability to allow comments on posts with a paywall block. I want to create longer posts with 'extra' content for paying subs but do not want to lock out my free subs from commenting on the article.

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I am writing what seems like quality poetry after 50 years as a broadcaster and actor. Writing is not my problem. Interfacing with modern tech and getting my work out there continues to confound this 75-year-old. Help!!!

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Truly appreciate your building the ecosystem for us.

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Is there a tutorial on how to use Substack?

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