As some of you might already know, I am writing and curating Creativerly, a weekly newsletter about creativity and productivity-boosting tools and resources, combined with useful insights, articles, and findings from the fields of design and tech.
Recently, I have reached a milestone I would never have thought of actually reaching someday. Creativerly just crossed over 1000 subscribers, a magical milestone.
In my newest blog post, I covered all the insights, findings, and experiences I got while growing the newsletter to over 100 subscribers.
Here is a quick overview of the points I cover within the blog post:
Do not write for numbers - With the recent newsletter boom, people are blinded by the folks who are earning a fortune by writing a newsletter. If you want to start writing online, no matter if in the form of a newsletter or blog, do not start writing because of gaining a lot of subscribers or earning a lot of money, in the first place. Write for yourself, as writing is an incredibly creative process. Writing online and putting yourself out there is one of the best investments you can make, no matter from which background you come.
Consistency is (still) key - Consistency is one of the most important factors when it comes down to building a writing habit. If you want to put yourself out there, do it on a constant basis. Start creating a piece of content every single week, and stick to it. Writing and creating consistently is hard, but once you stick to it over a certain period of time, you will build up a habit and it will become easier the longer you stick to it.
Be curious - learn from others who already achieved your goals - Always be curious - always ask questions. Do you want to know how to reach your first 100 subscribers? Ask folks who already have 100 subscribers and learn from them how they reached this goal. If you want to know how to reach 500 subscribers, same procedure, find folks who already achieved that and ask them what they did to reach that goal.
Share your wins - A lot of people underestimate how incredibly valuable your wins can be for others. Most people who succeed at writing online and creating content did not reinvent the wheel, they simply shared what they have learned. By sharing their experiences and wins they helped others searching for exactly the same problems as others already have solved.
Be active in communities - If you already know what you want to write about, try to be active in communities related to the field and topics you are writing about. This will not only spark new ideas, but you will also find folks who are already interested in the content you create. Therefore, being active in communities can lead to new subscribers or new readers and ultimately new connections.
You can read the in-depth blog post on creativerly.com.