Medium, I Won’t Leave Home Again

Vena Moore
Living By The Word
Published in
4 min readApr 26, 2024

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Detailing my less than positive experience with Substack

Photo by No Revisions on Unsplash

So, I had a Substack account for a little over a year. I followed several other disgruntled Medium writers over to the platform who were unhappy about the lack of transparency, declining income, and lack of promotion of their work. I believed the hype that Substack would be the platform to bring me the recognition I felt I deserved as it supported the free exchange of ideas.

Well, this past January, I left Substack after 14 months. My work is no longer even on there. I completely deleted my account. It’s as though I never had any digital imprint there at all. While other writers thrived on that platform, I experienced frustration. In all that time, I only amassed a grand total of 40 subscribers. That is not a typo. I didn’t feel it made any sense to monetize on there as I didn’t have the following to make it worthwhile.

I quickly found that to be successful on Substack, I couldn’t just write and post my stuff. If I expected to expand my reach, I had to market myself and be a saleswoman. Selling has never been something I excelled in. Here’s a story that illustrates how much I suck at selling.

One of my first jobs out of college was at an employment agency as a recruiter, where I had to make cold calls to businesses and ask if they were in need of hiring…

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Vena Moore
Living By The Word

Dismantling white, male supremacy one word at a time.