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Why I left Substack

You may have heard that Substack recently came under scrutiny (to say the least) for its position on platforming/making money off Nazis – namely, they don’t see a problem with it.

So I want to get out of the Nazi bar.

I’ve spent the past few days trying out alternatives to Substack, and I’ve settled on Beehiiv. I’m sure it’s not perfect* but I’ve seen encouraging statements about their position on this sort of thing. If it turns out I fucked up and stumbled into a brand-new Nazi bar, well, I guess I’ll go back to the wilds of blog-only and see what happens. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

You’ll also notice a new name.

In light of the move and seeing as it’s the end of a personally cursed year, I want to commemorate this fresh start. I want to go back to basics a bit. I want to do more creating for its own sake without concerning myself as much with future marketing, viability, etc.

deadmedia was an old Livejournal and domain of mine from the early 2000s. Despite how it has the word “dead” in the name, to me it’s hopeful. It symbolizes the joy of creativity and connection I used to have – still do have. So I’m going to use the name again with thanks to that long-ago version of me, gone but definitely not forgotten.

(In typing the above I remembered that I initially chose the domain/LJ name because it was a Hefner album. Goddamn, I listened to SO MUCH HEFNER back then. I never think of them now. I suppose the new name is also fitting for the nostalgia-lover I’ll always be.)

Anyway, you can check out the new home of the newsletter here.

*Can you tell I’m trying real hard to resist becoming a jaded internet dinosaur? 🫠

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