I'm sharing a few hard-earned lessons, tell you how much I make, and why writing in public is a good idea but not for the reasons you might think.
A $128k annual run-rate is an achievement - congratulations.
Super impressive that you have hit the window where the writing is paying you. That run rate is definitely an impressive one. I am on holiday, and have more time to read, and dream about “my desire to write again” (as one does), so this was an inspiring read for me. I won’t try and boil the ocean, I will just write a little bit per day and share it (micro blogging). This rally resonated 🙏🏾
Thanks for this as always. You have a great, authentic voice and I appreciate what you put out in the world. I would like to write more and your piece encouraged me immensely. Thank you!
Love the openness and honesty here! "the cost of living in New York is absurdly high (I could move to a cheaper place and perhaps I will, but that’s a conversation for another time)" can't wait to hear the cost-benefit analsyis for this one! :P
Excellent piece, thank you. A first-rate book for aspiring writers is Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon. Even without an opportunity for a polished edit, this unfinished novel provides a wonderful mix of description and digression. Moreover, the notes in the Appendix offer a rare peak into the mind of an accomplished writer.
This was a great read, highly impressive and inspiring.
Thanks for your honesty and insights.
It moved me to start writing, to start this journey myself. I do not know what it will lead to but you sold me on an experiment worth trying :)
Thanks for sharing your writing journey. You've progressed a lot as a writer and I enjoy your point of view. Keep at it!
A great piece. Love the duality of inspired compulsion with economic reality. Excellent words on the page.
Looking at the slope of that chart, I'd definitely not assume that US$128k is the limit. You'll probably earn US$250k within five years. And enjoy greater flexibility in your life than most, enabling you to spend greater time with your kids in the future (if you decide to have any).
I absolutely agree with you. Everything you said about writing resonates with me. I started my own newsletter recently and will continue to write regardless of any sort of recognition. Another important reason to write online is that it helps spread your vibes throughout the internet, people get to know you without really getting to know you. And writing forces me to read a lot, which serves as a good cycle to improve my knowledge.
Such a nice passage ❤️
“I hope some of my writing will stand the test of time. But I know that much of it will turn out to be connective tissue, a bridge leading me to ideas yet to be discovered. Crossing that bridge requires showing up consistently to do the work.”
Thank you for sharing your writing journey. I started dabbling with writing in 2015 using another website. A year and a half ago, I found Substack and have been slowly growing my subscription base here ever since. My day job is CFO of a growing restaurant group and it takes tremendous time and effort to preform well. Despite this, waking up early each day to write my weekly posts has become the most rewarding work I do. It is the only thing since I gave up alcohol 15 years ago that tames the squirrels running about my head. I wish you continued success.
Great post. Very inspiring.
Another source of inspiration could be "Politics and the English Language", a brief essay written by Orwell. It is free online : https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/politics-and-the-english-language/
Thank you for sharing! If you were to start over now, knowing what you now know, what would be the 1 or 2 things you would focus / go all in on early as a small creator with a small audience?
Asking for someone I know (who owns a small business, works in the field 10+ hours/day, and is raising two gorgeous little girls)?
I appreciate the access to this edition to get an insight into your writing. I hear the points you make, and as someone new to writing on here (been consuming on here a lot longer), certainly admire the trade-off you make with ‘free articles’ in that; the subs buffer over that period.
To me, the most important thing is enjoying it. Followed by ability to pay the bills. I’m not sure if there isn’t a ‘hybrid’ option for someone of your ‘ilk’; writing/consulting/freelancing; thus maximising your potential to earn a decent income and enjoy the craft.
There are a good deal of bits and clips to highlight or bookmark in the article, and I always find it a great measure of a writer when one can clip multiple pieces of information from an article. All the very best moving forward.
You don’t have to write alone!
Regular zoom meetings with other great writers can uplift your soul from the depths of draft depression.