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“ This will now be a space in which I’m allowed to play once again. ” Thank you for this reminder to have fun, I really appreciated the openness. I can relate.

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Apr 5Liked by Erin Lowry

It may be small solace, but I've really enjoyed the newsletter! Even so, I congratulate you on reevaluating what works for you and moving forward - can't wait to see what comes next.

On a different note, I've found it fascinating that Substack encourages creators to write 2+ newsletters a week. As a reader, I greatly prefer when writers create one a week - maybe fewer! Otherwise I sometimes feel like I'm buried in content for the sake of content, and get overwhelmed.

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Apr 5Liked by Erin Lowry

This is so great! I think that finding curiosity with projects like this is the most important thing. As soon as it becomes about what you think people want, it falls flatter. Excited to see what comes next!

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I’m a very new subscriber. Curious to see where you take this! Have a wonderful break.

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Love your newsletter. Its been very helpful. Wishing you the best of luck on your future endeavors !

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Good for you! I'm in the exact same boat with my Substack, after a year of efforting. I do try to post weekly, but it's mainly for me to process and articulate my current process and projects. I look forward to seeing how you come back to it. Best of luck!

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Apr 5Liked by Erin Lowry

Excited for this shift for you!

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Apr 5Liked by Erin Lowry

Thank you for your honesty! I enjoy your newsletter and would continue to pay for it. I hope you continue to grow and find what works best for you.

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I admire your courage to take a step back to find a new direction for this newsletter that you are passionate about. It is a daily, weekly grind for sure. And the online trolls make it frustrating on certain days. Wish you all the best. Come back when you are ready. Your readers will be here to support you.

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Really appreciate the honesty! The newsletter game is so hard. Excited to see where you're headed next.

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Good for you to take the time to re-evaluate. I've enjoyed you work here on Substack and excited to see where you go from here. I know that growing a paid newsletters is really tough.

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Apr 5Liked by Erin Lowry

Hopeful to see what you make of this Erin, rooting for you🙏🏾

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I'm brand new to newsletter writing, but as an academic writer (English professor) there might be a way to reconsider success... I think this kind of writing can be a good way to test ideas and generate content for larger projects, like articles or books, so maybe if you think about the newsletter as a generative space it can be more useful for you (and still be great for all of us readers!). Thanks for being honest!

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As a fellow writer here on Substack I greatly appreciate this post. To your point, the open rates are phenomenal, but engagement is king. Without engagement there is no way for the algorithm to show your work or mine to a larger audience. No audience exposure, no growth.

I keep track of my hours and spend ~15 hours per month crafting Substack posts. Half of this time is allocated to my free Friday Update and half of this time is allocated to Audio Notes that I only share with full subscribers.

I do this as a form of documentation and introspection for myself and it's something I'm willing to share with others. I'm not aspiring to be the next Matt Taibbi or Cheryl Strayed. That being said, I have started wondering how much longer I can continue to do this for. $0.00 revenue on 15 hours of work isn't a very good ROI.

If you have a conversation with Substack about this, I'd love to hear what they say. I've followed you for years and do consider you to be an accomplished writer and influencer. If you are struggling to make the math work, that doesn't bode well for the rest of us.

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Ohhh you know I relate to and understand this on a deep level! REALLY excited by you drawing up this new boundary and changing your intention and approach. It's supposed to be fun! Let it be so! Can't wait to see what comes next.

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All the best, Erin. I am grateful for the many advices you have put up on this newsletter. I cheer for you. 🙏🏽🙏🏽

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