Discover more from David Friedman’s Substack
My substack has been running for about three weeks and at this point I would like advice from readers on how I am doing it.
One decision I made initially and have so far stuck to was to make it clear that I am not a one trick pony always posting on the same set of issues. Subjects of posts so far have included climate, Ukraine, a fantasy trilogy, moral philosophy, scientific consensus, economics, religion, child rearing, implications of Catholic birth control restrictions, education, Trump, SSC, and the history of the libertarian movement. Do people here find that approach more interesting than ten or fifteen posts on one topic, then a bunch more on another?
Another thing I have done is to put out a new post every day. That was possible partly because I have a large accumulation of unpublished chapter drafts intended for an eventual book or books and can produce posts based on them as well as ones based on new material. Part of the point of the substack, from my point of view, is to get comments on the ideas in the chapters before revising them for eventual publication.
I can't keep up this rate forever but I can do it for a while. Should I? Do readers find that a post a day is too many for the time and attention they have to read them?
One final and perhaps odd question. Would people take the substack more seriously if I charged for it or had some posts only for paid subscribers? I write to spread ideas, not as a source of income, and as an economist my first guess is that a higher price will result in a lower quantity demanded — but there might be complications associated with price as a signal.
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