Hi Everyone, I like Substack and will continue using it, but I have a little problem, which is that I post both essays and announcements and more personal reflections all on the same place. So this year I’m going to put essays on my website, and merely announce them here. That way, those who are interested only in those will see clearly from the email title “New essay:…. “ that it is an essay. The actual essays will then also be much easier to find, all together on my website.
I encourage you to keep posting the essays on Substack. It is much easier to use, and has nice features like a dedicated app that allows for automatic audio readings of the essays. Posting on Substack will also allow the vibrant comment section to continue. I’d also be willing to bet that you will get fewer readers by merely linking to external essays here rather than posting them in full. Why not simply post on both your website and Substack?
Are you aware that you can create headings in Substack? This means you can have several different approaches on Substack and keep them a little bit separate. Once each of your articles is identified under a heading, you can offer your readers the option to receive only notifications for that heading. I am doing one category of simple body hacks which I am guessing few will want, so everyone else can opt out. I have a heading for 5G and will post more as as I get further into that. Again, some will want to opt out of those.
I am experimenting with how to use the feature currently and I see that few are using it yet. It will only become useful as readers learn to use it, and i am not sure that will happen.
My purely selfish response to your proposal, you have actually satisfied. Currently I get almost all of my articles via the Inbox feature in Substack. So as long as you post an information post, with a link straight out to your website, you will satisfy my need to have everything laid out for me on a single front end.
Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
I add my link so you can click in and see the headings. Click on one of the headings to see that each heading gives you the option of explaining that particular heading.
I would prefer that you also continued to post the essays here, for convenience.
Hi Charles, I’m a huge fan of your work and also a huge fan of substack. I love getting essays from my favorite writers straight to my inbox and
I appreciate that I can directly financially support writers through substack.
Personally, I can say that one of the reasons I rarely miss out on reading one of your essays is that they conveniently sit in my email inbox. I’m pretty sure that I and probably a lot of other readers will less frequently take the extra “effort” of navigating to your website when your essays are only posted there. Why make things less convenient for readers than they could be?
Another thing is that many people (like my partner) don’t even receive substack emails but use the substack app itself as a reader app. He says he loves the substack app reading experience. Something to consider.
Also, you can create “sub-newsletters” on substack within your same main newsletter and people can unsubscribe from individual sub newsletters. So you could have one newsletter for essays and one for announcements and people can choose which one to keep.
Lastly, it seems somewhat inconsiderate of your paying subscribers to not post your full essays on here.
Thank you for the considerate heads up and explanation. These are acts that take your time/energy, which is your precious resource to share as you find appropriate. You, and all of us, are free to experiment and play with all types of digital expression platforms. You, and all of us, are also allowed to change our mind at any time. That's the Generousity of this Universe.
Thank you for your Generousity of sharing spaces.
What a shame Charles that the timing of this is after some comments which maybe you didn't like...going with the territory of being a public orator is a presumption that you have a desire to provoke public discourse which you have and sometimes that shows up maybe your own blind spots. The comments where people disagreed were definitely respectful so your willingness to shut this down exposes either your true motivations or your difficulties with perceptions of criticism of your ideas likely from some early experiencesof conflict and shame...only you know the truth but I feel a great sense of disappointment at your withdrawal ..it's all too similar to how Governments disclaim any responsibility for errors or oversights and it simply reinforces this culture of compliance to whoever has the most power or influence. It shows me how essential it is to actually live a philosophy and not just rave about it because then you understand the wrinkles and the difficulties involved for individuals. For that teaching and what I have found provoked in me through your writings I am most profoundly grateful. Go well into the dark. Yinchi
Ah, I recently found your essays and posts on Substack Charles, and have been really enjoying the layout and format of your posts on here, which allows me to easily listen to the audio clip and read along with the essay. I've enjoyed it so much, that I set up a small paid subscription, to encourage its continuation (which was also very easy to set up on Substack). It also means that I'm always notified of new posts by email, and can read/listen to them right away on the Substack app. I found your work so accessible and enjoyable to read on Substack that it even inspired me to set up my own Substack nature writing blog in Southwest England, and to start creating posts for it! https://scottburnett.substack.com/
I'm therefore personally really disappointed that the essays won't be posted in this way any more. Is there any chance of reconsidering this for those of us who much prefer to view and listen to the essays on Substack?
Thanks anyway, for all your inspiring and heartfelt work over the years, which helps and supports so many of us, in so many places, and in so many ways....it would be difficult to overstate the transformative effect that it's had, and continues to have, in my life.
i love this post that to me says, "my life is sacred. my messages are gifts that others can freely interpret in whatever way they please, and the more beautifully they are expressed, the more beauty ripples out into the world. and for those who care enough about my messages, there is a place where you can continue to read them free of charge and free of judgment." there is plenty of room for discourse everywhere else on the internet. thanks for honoring the sacredness of your heart, Charles.
I like the video very much Charles. In particular, "celebrate your longing." I've been thinking a lot about...relationship, belonging, social gaps, technology, poverty, education, war, politics, toxicities of mind, food, water and the effect on planet. But, above that...I'm inspired.
I’m a huge fan and bought books of yours and given away the more beautiful world to others.
I won’t see your essay’s as I don’t click away very often.
Seems like a loss to me as I read many deep thinkers on this tech portal & forget to go to websites.
Bought your Climate book and was very disappointed to find that you didn't address geoengineering at all. There can be no serious conversation about "climate" without addressing weather modification activity being levied all over the earth.
Just like in Canada Trudeau could actually just say gee I made a huge mistake letting myself get groomed by China because it made me feel important. I didn't realise at the time just what I was signing up for and this is what I will do to rectify it. Not the same but the same dynamic about avoiding accountability for the real issue
Enjoyed the video. I'm learning the plants and animals part...
Thanks for the promise video. One tear of joy over that promise emits out to millions. How can one feel so much gratitude at the opportunity I've been given for this transformation to actually get to see all the light we were denied while at the same time being forced to look at the dark of this apparatchik? It's quite a journey. Both were always there but at least now I see. Gratitude doesn't quite describe it. Courage is quite a beautiful process and comes so much more naturally than I ever imagined.
Also, I wanted to share with the community, someone's art that I admire. It's political/war satire graphic arts, artistically rendered and a strikingly evocative body of work. Worth looking through the various 'collections.' https://gameovertradingcards.substack.com/ .. Thanks for all your generosity Charles.
Thanks! I hope we can still comment and engage with the content directly as we can here, and with each other as readers on your new website platform.