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Claire, this is an incredibly valuable read for me. It solidified a few of the ways I have been working on Substack simply due to time constraints and being okay with giving myself some leeway in how to work here. Appreciate the coffee and croissants analogy and thoughtful suggestions on how to move forward. Two months in, I’m feeling my way around and glad I read this early in my time here.

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Feb 10Liked by Claire Venus

I enjoyed this post so much, Claire. I received a membership to your Substack from a wonderfully generous fellow Substack writer, which truly touched me. It was such an amazing thing to do for a stranger. Most of all, I appreciate how you don't advocate for the 'one right way' to use Substack. We all have different needs, wants, energy levels, stamina, time constraints, interests, and so on and it is nice to see that we can all grow in our own way.

I just love this community, and sometimes I wish I had more time to engage and comment on all articles (just like once upon a time - and I still do - we commented on our favorite blog posts of our favorite blogs). I just love reading blogs, and I do have things that I want to share and consolidate and grow my Substack in a way that I hope, at least to some extent, will evolve organically.

"Quite simply it’s a space for the stories you want to tell." - and this rings so true to me.

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So interesting Claire! Love the 🥐☕️

I wonder about writing more often and not sending it out, just hosting it here. I worry about overloading people though only post slightly more than once a week atm. This is a good middle road. The posts I wrote and didn’t click ‘send’ on (on purpose!) were seen by hardly any, but I think they were the most engaged readers and even converted some to paid so def worth it! ✨💛

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Feb 10Liked by Claire Venus

It's helpful thinking of how much time a week I have and what to focus on first. Thank you!

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A good reminder it’s okay to start slow! And I remembered my first blog! It was called bicycle pirate and was utterly ridiculous and so much fun!

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Feb 12Liked by Claire Venus

Your posts are amazing! So helpful- as a newbie, I always learn something helpful- thank you for creating info specifically tailored for the new user. I do have a question about adding blog. I already send out weekly posts to a small number of subscribers and would like to continue to do so as part of my consistency writing goal. Can I add a separate blog by unchecking the emails as you suggest on separate posts which will function as my blog pieces? Will they be kept separate somehow visually so that I can see easily which are regular weekly emails and which are blogs? I hope my question made sense and thanks again for all you do! 🤗🥰❤️

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Oh Claire, you really touched upon a good one, the ‘notes’. I’m do terrible at it. And I know it’s a great way to do community, but I am lost for ideas there. And I see a lot of wonderful sparks there, but I am at a loss. I have to see how I can make ir sustainable for me ✨ another a wonderful and helpful post Claire 🪷

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Thank Claire, so helpful as I’m just starting out. A relief to see going at my own pace is ok. The feeling that you need to be reading, responding and writing all the time is exhausting. For now I’m just doing what I feel is enjoyable and sustainable for me.

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Thank you for this post. It filled my creative cup and also had such great practical blog building tips! I love the croissant and coffee analogy and didn't know you could uncheck the send email to subscribers button. what a great feature for those starting out!

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This is a really lovely post Claire, like a warm hug of validation and permission 🤍

When I first began writing here, I had little to no expectations, I just wanted a place to write. However I quickly found myself losing my way in comparison and overwhelm so decided to step back (also while life has been so chaotic!)

I’m so looking forward to returning with a fresh perspective when the time is right x

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I adore this Claire - especially your coffee and croissant analogy! Such a great way to consider it. I like the idea of substack letters as little “gifts” that we’re sending our subscribers.

And your breakdown of time per week is really really helpful. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but seeing how you laid it out makes me realize why I’ve felt a little overwhelmed with substack. I probably only have about 2-3 hours per week for it, but I’ve been trying to do a *lot* in that time. I feel like I have permission to not engage in some things after reading this!

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Very helpful Claire! Thanks so much!

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Thanks Claire, all very generous and helpful as usual! ❤️

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Question for you

Will you be updating the program as Substack changes (for those that buy now) and I subbed to you for a year so is this the same content or more/better?

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Thank you so much for this, Claire! Just what I needed to read today ❤️ being a newbie to Substack, I wondered about whether I need to stick to one subject, if it's ok to use different mediums, do I want to grow my audience and how do I do that. And Notes I'm still to figure out! So thank you for the clarity and encouragement to experiment, to be ourselves, and the tips for when we're ready to do more 🤗. I'll be saving for future reference!

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This is an excellent introduction for anyone starting out. I, too, had a blog elsewhere and got frustrated. I love your analogy to the challenges of a wordpress site.

There is so much available to the writer, and reader, within this platform. I've been on here for a couple of months and everyday, I'm learning something new.

I like how you identified that you not not have to send everything through email. I only recently discovered this myself.

One of the challenges I face is keeping track of different newsletters when I want to refer to them or include a quote for a later post.

I'm also curious, how do you make the little swirl line divider things? I've seen here in many posts but I don't see any option to include the.

So far I am loving this community and I just wish I had more time to engage. Until now, I have been transferring my content from wordpress.

Thank you for highlighting that this is a place to be creative and that metrics are not the priority.

I look forward to growing as a writer and sharing my thoughts.

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