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Edward I love your humor. If I had your talent I would've been a writer instead of a programmer. Famous instead of rich. How I suffer.
Living in Kyiv I write quite a bit about both Ukraine and Russia. I often cite you and Russian Dissent, offering a variety of points of view.
Yesterday was my pleasure to send Margaret Anna Alice, whom I dearly love, a link to your recent post on Thomas Röper and the clot shots. She had been taken in by a YouTube interview of Röper and a supposed innocent named Maria Lelyanova on the virtue of Russian conduct in the Donbass. I concluded that it was propaganda, which I analyzed here:
Your take on Röper's support of Putin on the the clot shots is a clincher. Margaret Anna Alice fully understands the Covid lies.
Thanks for all you do. And for expressing gratitude for the few kopeks I send your way. You more than earn them.
"I think a sustainable output level is 3-4 posts a week, plus a weekend open thread."
I think a weekend open thread is a good idea, but don't get tricked into a quantity better than (irregular) quality belief.
During The Daily Beagle's early stages I tested different approaches and examined successful YouTubers (arguably the closest thing, since mainstream media is perpetually trash and 'blog' sites have rarely seen success).
I can confidently state quantity is the single *worst* thing you can do for a Substack. The Daily Beagle tried to be what the name implies; daily. The rate of unsubscribes matched subscriptions, which got worse with higher frequency.
TDB was publishing two articles a day (mainly with a simplified news article format akin to say, ZeroHedge or Epoch Times). Emphasis on *was*. Scaling it down to one a day seemed to improve subscribe-unsubscribe ratio, scaling it further down to one every two days even more so.
It didn't matter the quality of the articles, either; sometimes I'd stack up in-depth research pieces and fire them off one-a-day, which drove angry unsubscribes. People prefer to be given time to read and digest what you're giving them, rather than flooded.
This swings back to 'The Game Theorist' argument that TV episodes should be released one at a time, slowly, one per week, rather than all in one go (people who 'binge watch' episodes report being unhappier).
I've found what people want, near exclusively, is in-depth quality. If you look at now highly controversial MrBeast's approach, he rarely publishes videos, but when he does, he tries to go for the big stunts, attention grabbing, high quality, dramatic videos.
He literally ditches million dollar videos (giving it to other YouTuber's like Ludwig) if they don't reach a certain quality; he'd rather ditch entire costly videos than risk the perception his channel is 'lower quality'.
Getting return-attention requires consistency and regularity, but it is trumped by the quality every time. It is better to be high quality and irregular, than frequent and 'average' quality.
In-fact, I find if the next article I publish doesn't meet a high enough standard, it actually *drives down* the subscribe frequency, as it supplants the high quality article (which undermines first impressions). I'm paradoxically rewarded with free subscriptions for publishing less if I choose to 'stew' on high quality articles.
I would however suggest keeping the weekend discussion articles going consistently, as they're a distinct key feature of your Substack and quite enjoyable. I will confess I am envious of how you manage to get such interactivity within your community, and I haven't quite figured out how exactly you do it!
My husband and I want to know about pancake cat! could you post some more pics of that wonderful kitty...the expression on his/her face....to die for!
How is that kitty doing? We have this kitty's pics with the pancakes posted on our refrigerators
The mere fact you put your email address on your About page makes you “A Hero of Our Time” (because Russia).
Great post Edward, thanks!
Very important and potentially rejoicing.
As I said in another comment, the honorable professeur Raoult is now at the center of the battle for truth in our wrecked world. An international tribune is settled by "Bon sens" (common sense) an association settled at the begining of the covid scam to support Raoult who is under attack by the "space lizards" in our country.
You can join that fight on that link (the tribune is in english at the end of the page)
If you want, this appeal can be spread worldwide (I am not gonna use the term "viral" but I guess you all are bright enough to understand). That substack is read worldwide...
Riley, maybe could you send that tribune to the Russian resistance movement you introduced to us in your last article.
Isn't a saltwater pool as clean as the chemical smelling chlorinated one's. 🤔
Riley, are (some of) your posts being translated (and uploaded) into Spanish somewhere? I'd like to share some of your content with folks who only speak that language.
What's in the hookah!? Inquiring minds wanna know!🤣
" various spoof accounts" - oh! - is that the way that worked - I got such from a few "sites" - of course the natural human response is to be utterly flattered that such an esteemed personage, such as Riley, is reaching out to you. That's how social engineering works - Psych 101. Also to watch out for is a substack person who "likes" every single one of your comments - in a sudden rush - often going back to long forgotten comments from months back. Again, probably some sort of social engineering ploy getting set up.
Hey man, I love you too, keep up the good fight.
We are all loved by God and the Lord, truth and love will defeat hatred, lies and evil and the evil-doers will be removed from earth on 7th September 2032 (at the latest).
Vengeance is mine, says God. And it is nigh.
2malachic.com for useful info on what's coming down the road.
God bless you and your readers.
Thanks, Riley, for finally clearing up what was up with those strange text messages a few months ago asking me to call you. Damn!
Riley, what can I say but "more please, sir." I enjoy your narrative style and tongue-in-cheek humor. Honestly I'll admit that I use your reporting on the Russian Globohomo-lite to bludgeon my fellow dissidents.
In another column, you discussed not punching your allies. I appreciate your perspective. The ties that bind us together are stronger than piddly shit. Although Alex Berenson is someone that pissed me off in the MFM; mocking those who aren't pro-NAFO shows the rank opportunist.
Awright. I won't do it again. But he started it. Because he is a poophead.
The thing is, Robert Malone for example, is deeply business savvy and keeping a blog. You might be a mighty multi-player, but the way you put thoughts in words is amusing. Keep rolling.
Hey man what happened to the special offer? I just got $40 bucks in my account for you especially and it's gone! I guess I don't mind that much but it would be nice to be able to flame all your articles and not just the publicly available ones.