Why I'm leaving, and what will happen next.
I didn't even realize Substack was pushing subscriptions until someone contacted me about it (and their dislike of the pushiness) -- and I don't even have subscriptions turn on! Apparently, if subscriptions is turned off, Substack asks readers to "pledge" (or something) for when subscriptions *is* turned on. I was quite embarrassed by the whole thing. I wish these things weren't turned on by default because I (of course) never go through the sign-up steps anymore. Maybe I should. But I shouldn't have to...
Substack is great for a lot of reasons, but I agree things like that make it hard to stay in love with it.
Good luck on your next steps!
Godspeed! I hope someday we have the right set of features to lure you back, but it’s always the right move to find where you fit and what works for you!
I literally just watched your Substack video last night, which was wonderful. Your on-camera presence was sincere, informed and, by the end, I had decided that yes, I will move from Convert Kit (clunky for my purposes) to Substack. I still plan to go ahead with the move, but I will also certainly continue to follow you.
Not a little ironic, however, that I received, one after the other, a Welcome and a Goodbye in my Inbox. I did get a chuckle out of that.
I wish you all the best in the future!
You're the reason I joined substack so I'm sad to see you leave but I understand substack's features don't align with your goals. Goodluck in the future!
Actually, I am very happy to hear that you are leaving Substack and going back to newsletter and blogging specifically! They are both much better options, in my opinion. I look forward to all that you will be posting. Wishing you GREAT success.
Wishing you the best of luck.
There isn’t a perfect solution - and we have to take tough decisions when we work for ourselves. I wish you all the best.
You’ll be missed
Ah, sorry to see you go, Louise, but best of luck with you next move! Sounds like a solid plan for what you're focusing on.
Very glad to be on your list! Thankyou for sharing your process with us! 💖
You have hit on one of the key reasons I have delayed getting my substack underway and that is substack's target audience which is writers and podcasters which as an artist makes it unaligned with my vision, and also the lack of control of feature roll out. Also the way substack pushes readers to upgrade and/or "start writing" which is necessary to make the money but which bothers me for my current newsletter subscribers. I still think as you said that Substack is great to get started writing. All the best on your new journey. Hope I can follow you on one or both.
Best of luck. These decisions are hard ones!
So understand ...Wish I'd found you sooner ...
I find it very helpful and interesting to follow your journey searching for a way to publish online that you're happy with. I think this is an issue that affects many artists today! Thank you for sharing in such great (and sometimes painful, for you, I'm sure) detail what works and what didn't and why you're changing your online presentation and software. This is super helpful for other creators who are only starting out :-)
All the best! It's a great relief to know... and then just do it.
I miss your face already.