Matthew Yglesias, a writer and co-founder at Vox Media, left the company Friday to start his own newsletter at Substack, just like Glenn Greenwald did after leaving The Intercept, which he co-founded, a couple weeks earlier.
This has been a theme of 2020, so more on each of these folks and 9 others below, but first — the real point: Newsletters are cool but email is also a little overwhelming.
If you have newsletter fatigue, maybe it’s just the delivery mechanism? The emoji news cranker that is our site, Elevenist, allows you to check in on newsletters on your own time, without giving them that veneer of one more damn unread message, one more undone task.
Don’t unsubscribe! Subscribe via Elevenist! Remember if you are logged into the site, you can subscribe to any feed on our blog with just a click of that subscribe button. So easy!
Using Substack with Elevenist is super simple. So long as you are logged in to Substack on the same browser as Elevenist, you can see what’s new from any of their newsletters that you’ve added to Elevenist.
One click from our site and the new missive will open right up on theirs.
If you want to subscribe to a Substack-powered newsletter that isn’t listed below, just cut and paste its URL in on Elevenist and add
/feed to the end of it before clicking SUBSCRIBE. Then, you should be good to go.
OK, so, here are 11 great Substack-powered newsletters from journalists who struck out on their own:
Substack has made the economics of going out on one’s own work by making it easy for writers to offer subscriptions and get paid. So I thought it made sense to post the current prices for these newsletters full subscriber versions. Most (maybe all) of the newsletters above offer the occasional post under a free plan, but what the writers want is paying subscribers.
Attention feels good. Subscriptions pay rent.
As many have said before, subscribing to one is no big deal but, it’s like with subscription TV stations like Netflix and Hulu: they add up fast.
Meanwhile the entire Washington Post online costs like $10/month. Still, there is something to be said for direct connection with a writer you really believe in, untethered by corporate masters, or someone digging into a niche topic in a way no one else can.