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Growing & Expanding

Growing & Expanding

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Way back in mid-February (doesn’t that seem like ages ago?), I mentioned in a post that I was preparing for a Substack launch and grappling with the question, “Who Am I?” It’s taken longer than I hoped it would, but the Random Conversations Substack is now live and I hope you will be interested in joining me there.

The Random Conversations Blog focusing on intentionally honoring communication will continue, but the frequency may drop down to every other week instead of weekly. On Substack, I will explore ways of being, or mindsets if you will, that enable this behavior. At least, that’s my current thinking. All may change over time.

Why Substack

Substack is a newsletter publishing platform. You may be interfacing with it without knowing it. I have subscribed to a newsletter for the past 3+ years and only recently learned that they are coming through Substack.

What excites me about this platform is that it’s a place to build a community. It does that through notes and chat in addition to posts. I’ve been exploring Substack writers over the past six months, and I’ve only seen respectful comments and discourse. I feel comfortable in the environment, and I hope you will, as well.

The Random Conversations Substack

Substack has both free and paid subscriptions, and each writer determines what (if any) of their content will go behind a paywall. Mine is free though I may revisit that over time.

If you are up for joining me in this adventure, and I hope you will be, please take a look at the Random Conversations Substack here. Click Read without subscribing to open my page.

A series of tabs appear across the top. Under Home, you’ll find my first post, An Invitation to Explore. If you like what you read, I hope you will subscribe. Over time, you’ll see additional information available under the Notes and Chat tabs. At the About tab, you will find my answer to “Who am I?”

Posts and Notes will come directly to your email Inbox. You can also view them online or on your phone or tablet via their app.

If you would rather listen than read, I plan to record the audio for each Substack post. Let me know what you think of it.

Exploring Substack

At the right-hand side of the desktop view and at the bottom of the mobile view of my Substack, you’ll see four writers whose work I thoroughly enjoy. I hope having a few recommendations will enhance your exploration if you are new to the platform.

  • Heather Cox Richardson writes Letters from an American. She is a historian who shares historical context for today’s news. I have learned so much and value her perspective. Heather is the writer I have been reading for over three years now.
  • Mike Sowden writes Everything is Amazing. How can I not love that title?! His humor (or humour, in Mike’s case) is infectious.
  • David Roberts writes Sparks from Culture. David writes of his experience in understanding his highly successful career and life of privilege (as he calls it) with the soul-centered exploration he is now finding in his retirement. I love his writing style.
  • Marissa Rothkopf writes Marissa Rothkopf Bakes: The Secret Life of Cookies. Marissa writes about cookies (of course) and other baked goodies, and does so with humor and beautiful photos. I have a folder dedicated to recipes I want to try once I start baking again.

Click a publication of interest and you’ll go to its landing page which will ask you to subscribe – but you don’t need to do that. Below the text box is a link that appears differently for each publication – often as simple as “No thank you.” Click that link to bypass subscribing and start exploring.

Moving Forward

As I enter my fourth year of Random Conversations, I am honoring this urge to expand. There’s more I want to explore, and I do that through my writing.

I greatly appreciate that you have been reading these weekly posts, and I hope you have been enjoying them. I also hope you’ll be interested in reading more – both here and on Substack.

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Cathy Joseph is the author of the Random Conversations blog and is currently seeking representation for her book, The Art of Having a Delicious Conversation.

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