What we can learn from anchoring the rise and fall of a digital future
It's hard to read this without thinking of Randall Munro's take back in 2007 which looked back at the glory days of the blogosphere. Even back then, we all knew he had nailed it. Sorry, no red capes, goggles or high altitude balloons.
Hi Dave, mentioned you on Medium :D https://medium.com/online-writing-101/old-school-blogging-is-back-and-better-than-ever-thanks-to-substack-7fec285e3e91
Fits perfectly to yesterday's Substack topic
I think this is basically right, as someone who was a minor blogospheric figure starting in 2002 and who started to lose energy and enthusiasm around 2014 for my blog, which was at that point one of the survivors of the vanished world. The interesting thing that Substack proved, sort of, is that there's still a lot of will to write in public out there, combined with podcasts and other media. I think the downside of Substack's attempt to push and groom the small fry and hobbyists into having enough of a subscriber base to pay off Substack is that they've relentlessly pushed a lot of people towards narrowcasting on the grounds that this is the only way to cultivate a readership, which makes Substack's expressive space fairly different than the old blogosphere.
Well, I'm not a good case for "too many posts a day", but that's partly because I'm using this as a form of writing discipline.
The problem of incentivizing attention is bigger than substack, though.