The Future of OK Doomer
Last year, I launched a Substack newsletter in order to voice my inner thoughts about the biggest threats we face and the mindsets we need in order to move past passive hope and hopeless doom. The newsletter has resonated widely with people who are trying to keep it together while dealing with a daily onslaught of aggressive optimism, toxic positivity, and wishful thinking.
The newsletter has given me some creative freedom after Medium started tamping (once again) what they considered clickbait. Unfortunately, they recently doubled down on that attitude and rewired their algorithms to pay even less for work that doesn’t meet their narrow, elitist standards. If that weren’t enough, Twitter has been restricting links to Substack for months now. As several substackers have noted, that poses a real problem because content creators have been relying on social media platforms to build their readerships.
These developments have left writers like me between a rock and a hard place. (After all, I’m trying to raise a family.) I put a lot of work into these posts, and it’s been getting harder to keep that up. I’m not rocking thousands and thousands of paid subscribers, and I’m trying to keep the site open, especially when it comes to information about public health. There have been times this year when I honestly thought I would have to quit.
Finally, I found a solution:
Welcome to okdoomer.io
Now I can post content on a regular basis without spamming everyone’s inboxes. I can share posts on multiple platforms, and readers can support my work through a regular subscription or through Paypal donations.
So far, things are going well.
My Substack isn’t going anywhere. I’ll keep sharing my work here, but I get the sense that a lot of readers and supporters would prefer to get my work on a regular web platform instead of yet another email cluttering up their inboxes. So if you want to follow me to the new site, you don’t need to worry about this newsletter anymore. If you want stay here, you can do that too.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
I’m currently moving my best work from Medium over to the new site. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be posting original content there anymore. I thought I would give them a second chance, but the truth is they don’t seem very interested in supporting writers with worldviews they don’t agree with.
I’m looking forward to running my own site.
It’s about time.