Dear Fellow Shrews…
Man, I know there are thousands of Substacks out there . . . and so many of them are fantastic reads! We are all desperate for a piece of the pie, your pie, and I can see how difficult that is for everyone. I myself pay-subscribe to many substacks. I want to see them thrive, and I know that most quality writers are not writing as a hobby. It takes way too much time and effort to write without some sort of monetary compensation.
It is all a matter of numbers, isn’t it? If I had a 100,000 free subscribers it would stand to reason that a certain percentage would be able to pay (they say 3%). But, alas, I do not have 100,000 free subscribers and with each day passing day new ones get harder and harder to come by.
I have seen that so many of you have loved my work. Thank you so much!! And I want to sincerely thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of you who have indeed dug down in those pockets and paid for a subscription! I hope you believe it is worth it with the added articles you get to read! But also I hope you see it is worth the feeling that you really are allowing this writing to continue. I see paid subscriptions more as a gesture of support than I do as a “subscription” for services. These days it is really the only way to keep independent journalism alive.
For those of you who are not yet paid subscribers could you consider becoming so? Yearly, monthly, or even a direct donation (through Ko-fi…the link at the bottom of most articles) would be most appreciated. Remember, you can always do a 7 day trial! If you still decide not to subscribe could you share an article here and there on your social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…or whatever? Could you email an article to friends and family? Anything you could do to get this out in front of more people the better. I am trying to build a community here, and of course the more the merrier.
Writing two or three articles a week is not all that easy. It is time consuming, and wracks my often feeble brain. I love doing it, so there is no problem there. But I do have to be honest, if I can’t find a way to at least partially subsidize my time spent writing for this as much as I do, I will have to cut back or give it up altogether. That is just the reality of it. I would love to do this more full time, and that takes money!
And if you just can’t make a donation in a paid subscription, all is good!! You are ALL an incredibly important part of the cause. All shrews are welcome and honoured. Please say hello, contribute by sharing everywhere and making comments when you can!
My best to you all!!
Todd Hayen, Dr. Shrew
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"I am sure there is an answer to that, you can go back to school and get your PhD to get it." I did and, very soon after, ran in horror. I just subscribed because of this: "The Tyranny of Cause and Effect Scientism" even though the article does not seem to be here. I was really happy to find it even though my view on "science" - a process laboring towards predetermined outcomes - is much darker than yours.
I'd like to support writers but substack needs to have another system.
Example: pay a set monthly fee and it can be divided equally between the writers followed. That's the system that rokfin does.
I wonder why first I felt that I did not like the money request - maybe this is my general attitude towards money, maybe this should be reviewed. My second thought was that I had been pondering for a while if I should subscribe, should I really say no when Todd asks for it? It also came to my mind that I also wish to start publishing and I will also prefer to get some money, how will I expect that if I don't do the same? So in the end I subscribed.
Will do once four walls are sorted and I scrub up well for some job or other. Many thanks.
Do you actually get the cup of coffee? I’ve always wondered...
Getting a paid subscription to Shrew Views was probably the smartest thing I’ve done in months and I hope everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Quality reads from intriguing perspectives, your articles ignite sparks in the old noggin that I had thought were long dead. Thank you!