How I’m Attracting Subscribers to My Substack
I’ve been writing on Medium for what will be two years in February.
When I joined, I was looking to find as many ways to write and earn money from writing as possible.
Yes, I knew that writing wasn’t the “big ticket” to big money.
I also knew (and know) that I loved writing and wanted to find a way to make writing my life.
Currently, I teach part-time at two colleges in Nashville, TN.
I also do contract writing and communications work for a range of clients. That’s usually short to medium range project work, but it’s pretty consistent.
And, well, I also write here on Medium, on NewsBreak, and on Substack.
I love Medium for the community, but the money is — well, it’s ok. I make enough to get some coffee during the month — and I DO love coffee, so, that’s nice.
I really like Medium for the community — for the feedback and engagement.
NewsBreak has been pretty consistent about paying decent money.
My NewsBreak Earnings were 6x My Medium Earnings in November
A trend continues
I think it is important as a writer to have diverse streams of income.
I like Substack because you can post blog posts and also email them to a list — and you can build and grow a list of subscribers who like and support your content.
Early on, I decided to offer 100% of my Substack content for free. But also to have paid options — essentially, asking readers to sponsor my work for $5 a month or $50 a year.
At scale, this would allow me to work all day every day producing newsletters.
I’m not there — yet.
But, I do add free subscribers almost daily. Sometimes, I’ll see a conversion to paid. Usually, that happens AFTER…