The vast majority of our successful writers were readers of other Substacks first. So if you are reading this, the chances are already in your favor.
dont forget us little authors as you invite more and more big shots into to make money. Paid is fine. But initial growth comes from free subscriptions for anyone building from scratch. A polite request...
I subscribe $$ to quite a few Substack accounts. I find the opinions and information provided here to be well researched, carefully edited, and thoughtfully prepared. The writers are not on deadline, unlike NY Times and Washington Post. The quality is much higher here and we can express our opinions and ideas in these comments. Thank you!
I started mine today! Yay
What a nice message to start the year, Sophia.
And I will add my, SUBSTACK CHANGED MY LIFE, to the mix. Only two months in and its totally worth all the energy I'm throwing at it. I even admit, I am a bit obsessed with how much fun the format is to curate. Thank you!
I started in October 22. Substack has been life-changing, as a new writer starting from scratch. The structure of publishing weekly, the joy and freedom of a place to share my writing away from social media, not to mention finding the audacity to call myself a writer is just some of what has made my 2022. 127 subscribers, 12 posts and counting. Here's to 2023 and what it may bring...
I started in 2022 as a New Years resolution. Substack is the real deal! Keep protecting free speech.
I just started my substack! Super excited to be here.
Sophia, what a wonderful way to start the new year! I’ve been on Substack now for 18 months and while my subscriber base isn’t that big with each new subscriber that I don’t know (or do know personally) the exhilaration is amazing.
Amen to all of the above! I've been with Substack for a little over four years now, and every year it gets better and better. Sending out a HUGE thank you to the team there, what you guys have done over the past year is amazing -- and I'm looking forward to this year too!
For 11 years I wrote a local Everyman column for a small local publication. The publication changed ownership and my column was no more (without any notice to me by the way, they just stopped running it, but that’s another story, not that I’m bitter...). Fortunately I had kept every email I had ever received from readers. In October I sent a blast to all of them plus everyone else I could think of, announcing my presence on Substack, and the response has been more than gratifying. Thank you, Substack, for allowing me to continue writing.
Agree that Substack makes it so easy for a new creator to begin without the need for extensive tech knowledge...thank you!
A fine read on the first day of the new year, Sophia! Thank you. I've been on Substack three months and really like it. I feel good after posting. Though slow, with patience and consistency, I hope to grow.
I’ve always loved exploring old antique shops, attics and used book stores. Substack feels like that; a place one can discover things one didn’t quite know existed. I use my Cabinet of Curiosities to practice my writing skills. I’m grateful for the increasing subscribers and hope you’ll want to visit and take a look!
I had to chuckle -- yes, my first subscribers were friends and family, and it was so exhilarating to welcome somebody I didn't know -- especially when they opted for a paid subscription! Thank you, Sunstack team, for continuing to come up with great ideas that help us writers to grow, yes, even those like me who don't have a large base yet. And THANK YOU, Substack community -- for being civil, supportive, and friendly. This atmosphere means so much to me. Lastly -- I am encouraging some friends to sign up, I think they would benefit!
I took the leap in June 2021 to start my Substack and haven’t looked back. You’re not on your own here but have community to keep you going. It helps to hold yourself accountable for being consistent and delivering. Good luck to those who venture here this year.
I liked the quote about the small audience. While I hope to expand mine, I get such wonderful, genuine engagement. It’s really rewarding. Onward and upward!
Substack has given me hope for journalistic integrity as well as freedom of thought.