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How Substack Supports Writers and Readers

If you haven’t heard of Substack, you’re in for a treat! Substack is an online platform designed to support writers, bloggers, philosophers, citizen journalists, and literary creatives of all types. The designers of Substack believe good writing is invaluable. What we read, what we learn, what we think, and how we engage in the world – matters.

The internet offered a brilliant promise: to connect the people – and their thoughts and ideas – for the betterment of humankind. To achieve this goal, good writers need real world support. Substack helps make sure that happens. With Substack, we are not only given space to share our work with the world, but each Substack subscription empowers us to remain at our keyboards.

We are living in challenging times. The cost of publishing The Vashon Loop is twice today what it was two years ago. Should we pass this inflation on to Island business owners, who are already facing cost increases across the board? Introduce a fee for readers? Our answer is an emphatic NO.

Instead, we are turning to you: our readers, neighbors, contributors, friends, and community members. We ask that you say: “Yes. We appreciate your effort and we have your back.”

The Vashon Loop is an Islander-owned and reader-supported newspaper, designed to benefit all of us. We are entering an era where we need more opportunities to communicate as a community, free from corporate and government control. Our future may be increasingly local, but good ideas and increased awareness is an international affair. This means that even a small-town paper like The Vashon Loop can have a notable impact on people’s lives. As a Substack subscriber, you’ll be taking an active role in our shared success.

As we step into the New Year, please consider creating a Substack account. Do a quick search for Vashon Loop (go to: https://vashonloop.substack.com/), click on the subscribe button, review our member options, and choose your level of support.

On behalf of our contributors, editors, and readers everywhere – we thank you.

January 9, 2023

About Author

march March Twisdale has called Vashon Island home for nearly twenty years. A lifelong advocate of independent thought, March believes there are as many right choices as there are people in the world. She looks forward to bringing inspiring content to Vashon Loop readers, as she's done for eight years with her radio show - Prose, Poetry & Purpose. Find her on Substack.com by searching "Our Thoughts Matter."