Turn And Face The Change


Updated 2021-02-01 | I am actually simply returning to publishing the Work Futures newsletter here, on Substack rather than Medium. I have a great deal of material on Medium, which I will deal with in a variety of ways:

  • Pieces that I published at medium.com/stoweboyd — not those at the various publications I’ve created — will be moved (over time) to stoweboyd.com which is hosted on Tumblr. Many of the medium.com/stoweboyd posts were ported over from stoweboyd.com originally, anyway.

  • The various medium publications — especially medium.com/work-futures — will likely be moved over time to a different site, like workfutures.io or one of the other work futures domains I own. I also hope to repurpose some of those materials into ebooks and reports.

Basically, I am finding the quality of writing at Medium is declining, becoming more like a combination of Linkedin for techies and entrepreneurs, on one hand, and more and more posts about dating and well-being. Not finding my community there.

The discussion below is now out of date, but I keep it for historical purposes.

Original post:

This is excerpted from an email to a follower here on Substack, who wondered about my plans for the Substack and Medium Work Futures newsletters. I know it’s confusing:

I am going in a different direction. I will continue writing Work Futures posts at Medium, but I am uncertain about the way Medium is supporting newsletters there. Medium followers can opt to have posts emailed, which may undercut the utility of newsletters. It's unclear. While I have 13K+ followers, only a few hundred have opted to get the newsletter and the open rate is low (under 10%). I will probably continue a weekly update there, along the lines of the last few years.

At substack, I have a smaller following, but a higher open rate (above 20%).

I intend to transition the Substack newsletter to something different, with a different name, and a broader charter. Likely to be Another Voice, an initiative I started a few years ago and shelved. All the old materials will still be accessible there, but it will quickly become a different experiment in form and focus. Perhaps only a few posts a week, and with one only available to paid subscribers. The Another Voice posts will not be a scrapbook of various things I've encountered, but more in-depth digging into a specific topic per post, like platform ecosystems, topics in economics, or organizational change, for example.

At any rate, Work Futures will continue at Medium in one form or another, while the Substack pub will be changing.

Thanks for your support, wherever it comes.