Can you hear the Christmas music when you read the headline?
David already pretty much nailed it from my perspective.The kids I hang out with lately are convinced that the memoir is the most significant genre for faith-speak and G_d-speak and lost faith-speak for this place and time. I'm here for the story and to walk the journey and be enlightened and challenged and offer a meagre insight or snarkassed comment on occasion. My grown rugrats have their own rugs now but no littles yet, but I do have some kids to share the awesome robot color book with. The texture of the paper, the smell and *SNAP* of the crayon, the coloring outside the lines all activate senses gone dormant in the hypnotic screen-glow, so you should market your books as therapy for screen solipcism. Higher margins playing in that space.
Happy to be one of the 115! I love the idea of a Friday Roundup, where you not only share news/articles of note, but also your quick take on them. Not unlike what Niccolo Soldo does on Saturdays over at Fisted by Foucault—I love those.
I enjoy the charcuterie board of topics you get into here. It helps me think about some things I'd otherwise miss or gives perspectives I hadn't considered. So I certainly hope that continues. I think that could blend well with a Friday roundup.
That being said, I think you'd get more paid subscribers if you had more regular content. It got pretty dry there for a while. You've articulated the reasons for that, and I certainly understand—which is one of the reasons I've stuck with you. No one is expecting Dreher-level production, but I think a consistent weekly or bi-weekly delivery would help readers feel assured they're getting something for their cheap latte dollars each month. (TBH, $5 won't even buy my grande nitro cold brew at Starbucks these days.) I know I'm planning to chop a Substack or two off my paid subscriber list this month, and it's largely because their delivery is so irregular.
I also think increasing subscriber-only content will encourage more people to sign up. If you're giving the goods away for free, most people aren't going to pay. It really is that simple. Your writing is worth paying to read—and certainly when it's the cost of a domestic pint on special at your local dive bar. If people won't pay that, do you really want them reading you anyway?
I've stuck around because I value your story, your perspectives, and your writing. I'm excited to see where you go with it from here. Cheers.
That robot coloring book looks sweet. I have a feeling my nephews (ages 6 and 4) will get a kick out of it. Now that I think about it, I better get two books because I know those little goombahs are gonna fight over it lol. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!