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Thanks for your reflections Daniel! Yes, Notes is a wonderful place but has the same (and even deeper) hooks as other social media sites. I thus decided only to use it for restacks of my work, announcement or when I need to ask a practical question - otherwise one could loose a lot of time there...

You touched on another pitfall: numbers. Peco and I had been talking about the pressure that numbers create, and how they detract from the actual writing. We have made some changes in how we approach writing, including writing less often, in order not to be dominated by numbers (surprisingly people don't seem to mind the lower frequency). I still offer all my content for free apart from some educational resources and an online event we have planned. Trying to create bonus writing is tough, and again creates extra pressure. I would likely let this evolve naturally and see where your writing leads you. Keep endeavoring:)

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"There is no such thing as contentment..." :: the age in which we live, summed up in a sentence.

Prayers for you Daniel, as you swim against the current of our culture. May God grant you peace and His presence in your Endeavor.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

I have come to the same conclusion as @Ruth Gaskovski said in her comment: "We have made some changes in how we approach writing, including writing less often, in order not to be dominated by numbers (surprisingly people don't seem to mind the lower frequency)."

"Newbie" writers on Substack go through an inevitable evolution of process and content. Adjusting frequency and substance of posts is a natural progression of experience based on real feedback, not just "stats". Based on what I've seen of the feedback you're getting and my own reaction/response to your writing, I would say you're definitely on the right track in your development as a substantial "influence" writer, Daniel.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

Headers are a big win in my book--adds a bit of clarity and structure, I am glad you included them and I hope you see a fruitful difference!

You and I don't talk nearly as much as I talk to your brother--but you may or may not know that I am an accountant, so my life is ALLLLLL corporate numbers. And it 100% is kind of...weird. Because I am an accountant for a hospital. We record stats like "how many days a patient stayed in a bed" or "what mix of ailments did we have this month" or "how many elective surgeries did we do". I haven't seen it but I know someone somewhere is recording births and deaths. And that doesn't feel very good. At root of all these numbers are human stories. Human beings. When a family is huddled around the bedside of their grandfather, they aren't wondering "wow he's really been in this bed for a lot of days". They only number they are thinking of is one--one grandfather, one life, one more minute with him while he lives.

I've got something stirring in the ocean-depths of my soul that addresses this corporatism. I've been getting prodded on multiple fronts and now I think I really need to start getting some of these ideas on paper of some kind. Because it takes the *moral* to see the *human*. Seeing someone who did a good job and say "OK now double it"--if they were to take a step back, how ridiculous is that? If I made my dad a clay mug as a child and he said "This is good but what if you made me TWO clay mugs"--that would be pretty sick, right? We have trained ourselves to not see each other as humans.

These are great reflections and you've given me a lot to think about. I've got some work to do myself and I'm starting to allow myself to ask "How" instead of "When". God bless you--and keep going!

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Daniel Joseph Petty

I am a beginner on Substack. My career has been the reverse of yours: mostly ministry with a few corporate jobs. I agree that the satisfaction comes from relationships. Have you read Dorothy Sayers's essay "Why Work?" from her Letters to a Diminished Church? It addresses God's plan for work to be meaningful in contrast to the world's idea of trading time for money.

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