Just checking in
It feels strange to be addressing you directly, although I feel strangely close to any and everybody who has been reading - whether I actually know you or not. And by the way, thank you for reading. The feedback I have been receiving has been pretty soul-touching and has confirmed for me a few things. Among them, none of us are alone in loss, grief, or trauma, and how we feel or deal with it. We don’t have to be, anyway. And that the writing and speaking I’m doing is having some impact and benefit to others, besides myself.
I’ve been kind of figuring out this Substack thing and how best to utilize it for almost a year now, and I think it’s time to tinker. From now on, I think I want to make everything I post available for free. I still VERY much want to have paid subscribers. But what I think I’m discovering, is that the people who support my work monetarily, do so because they want to and not necessarily for the added benefit of exclusive essays. I could be totally wrong about that, and please feel free to comment or contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you feel otherwise or have any other input. If I’m going to lose all of my paid subscribers, it’s probably not a move I should make.
So if you are a paid subscriber because of any perceived value, emotional, artistic, or otherwise, thank you! It means the world to me to have you onboard. If it was the exclusivity that caused you to be a paid subscriber, please let me know! Because I honestly feel like I want to share all of my work and allow people to support it or not, in the ways they are capable of or see fit. Whether that’s with likes, shares, tears, smiles, or $5 a month :-) I’m happy to have any and all of it.
Hope you are all well - Cheers!