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- Day 11: The Single Most Important Lesson I’ve Learned Writing and Content Creation
Day 11: The Single Most Important Lesson I’ve Learned Writing and Content Creation
Navigating the Ever-Changing Digital Landscape: Why You Need Your Newsletter and Email List
In the world of writing and content creation, not all lessons are created equal. Some are small, serving as gentle reminders of what truly matters, while others are monumental, capable of reshaping the course of our entire lives. Over my five-year journey in online writing, I've encountered countless lessons, but one stands out above all: the paramount importance of having your newsletter and cultivating an email list.
The Landscape of Change
Online platforms are dynamic entities, subject to constant evolution. They have the power to alter their algorithms, restrict content reach, and redefine the rules of engagement. To illustrate this point, let me take you back to my own experience on Medium.com, a platform that initially held immense promise. In fact, I earned over $500 in my very first month through the Medium Partner Program. It was an exciting start, and I reveled in the platform's potential.
However, as time went by, I watched Medium transform before my eyes. Changes occurred that profoundly affected content creators like myself. The platform's unpredictability became evident, and the ease with which I initially gained visibility began to wane. But Medium is not an isolated case—platforms like LinkedIn exhibit similar tendencies. Despite amassing nearly 4,000 followers on LinkedIn, many of my posts struggle to reach even 1,000 people, showcasing the capricious nature of platform algorithms.
Ownership and Control
In stark contrast, having your newsletter and maintaining an email list bestows upon you a sense of control and ownership over your audience. These subscribers are not at the mercy of platform fluctuations; they have consciously chosen to engage with your content. With your newsletter, you wield a direct and unfiltered conduit to reach them. This direct connection transcends the superficial interactions often experienced on social media, fostering deeper and more personal relationships with your readers.
The Crucial Lesson
In essence, the single most important lesson I've learned in my journey of content creation is the paramount significance of having your newsletter and nurturing an email list. These assets serve as a safeguard, ensuring the visibility of your content and empowering you to forge authentic bonds with your audience, irrespective of the ever-changing digital landscape.
Join the Conversation
If you're intrigued by the why and how of newsletters, I invite you to follow me and subscribe to my newsletter. By doing so, you'll gain access to valuable insights, proven strategies, and real-world experiences that can greatly enhance your content creation and newsletter endeavors.
Share Your Wisdom
Now, let me turn the spotlight on you. What is an important lesson you've learned about writing, content creation, or within your area of work? Your experiences and insights are valuable, and I'd love to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments below and let's learn and grow together!