Your weekly roundup of stories and voices we think you might enjoy, but which you may well have missed
I often read comments on Substack post that the choice of publications is mostly poetry or fiction stories, and there are not a lot of entertaining reads. Perhaps Substack pushes 'serious' fiction and poetry writers. It is the same with Notes; when someone shares a fiction story, they get a restack from Substack team, but if it's entertaining or sports, it doesn't get any love and they are not considered a 'serious' writer to be selected in these 'weekly' reads.
This does make Substack kinda dull, and that's why many good writers, who do not write dull fiction stories, are unable to attract subscribers from outside the Substack network. And now they want to focus on politics hiring someone from the Washington Post like we haven't had enough of that already. Imagine having 10 'men' on an island, who biologically cannot give birth to grow the family, thats how it feels like on Substack.
A great recommendation of the article by Andy Beta - I have been looking for quality music substacks for a while! A new favourite
If you’re sick of the same old colonoscopy story and are looking for something . . . fresh. Check out “Everybody Poops, Sometimes”. Hilarious and original. https://open.substack.com/pub/valadamshenderson/p/everybody-poops-sometimes?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
Last month I wrote on Unblogged London:
Soldiers must break wind...and dogs shouldn't urinate
It featured the 150th anniversary of the opening of Albert Bridge, and seemingly by osmosis got Lev Parikian feature me on his great Six Things weekly Substack:
Wondering how to get recognised on Substack!
The suggestions in this post are all very lengthy and detailed, but sometimes it's nice to have something a little more breezy and easygoing. Not everything has to be a lengthy essay to be enjoyable - sometimes, it's nice to just have a quick, light read. So, where are the recommendations for the more lighthearted and fun publications?
How do I cancel my subscription with Glenn Greenwald?
Thank you, Substack, for including Beyond the Comfort Zone in this week's wonderful round-up. I'd like to "pay it forward" and recommend @Tara Penry's @Enchanted in America, which never fails to bring a clever twist to literature, a twist that winds its way into our lives every day. I want to read and re-read every bit of literature she explores with new eyes.
The stories that are shared here are simply amazing! Thanks Substack ☝🏻
Thank you so much!
Have A Wonderful Weekend
Never miss a week of the extraordinary stories of a group of friends swimming in the North Sea @northseafanclub
I enjoyed The Guardian article about writers and their relationship with their fans that you linked in this newsletter. Writing here on Substack and getting direct feedback from readers has also shaped my stories in unexpected ways. It’s a great experience!
And if you’re looking for an interesting Pottery Podcast, have a look at The Potscast 😁
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I'd love for you to feature SoberStack, an annotated directory of Substacks focused on addiction recovery and sobriety. There are 67 of us listed so far, representing diverse perspectives and paths of recovery.
It'd be super timely for Sober October, a month when sober curious folks (or folks who just want to cut back before the holidays) give sobriety a try.
Here's the SoberStack link: https://danaleighlyons.substack.com/p/sober-substack-addiction-recovery-sobriety