I started writing on Substack

Where to write, where to read, that is the question.

I’ve always loved writing. I’ve never been able to separate writing from my life and I’ve always been on the lookout for a place to write.

Every time I found a platform that I thought was “this is the place where I write!” I tried to write on it, hoping “this platform should be my place”. And then, I got disappointed, and I again started wandering around looking for a new platform to find my place.

Why is it so hard to find the right place? Why is it so hard to find the perfect place to write? Is it because an ‘ideal place’ for writers ultimately doesn’t exist online, and we, writers, have no choice but to silently write in an old-fashioned paper notebook?

As a writer, my wanderings on the “writing platform” have been quite extraordinary. Although I call myself a digital nomad writer, I’d like to settle down to a single place (platform) to publish my work.

You may say, “that is why they are called “platforms”. — I know it. Tumblr, Blogger, Medium, Substack, etc. they are all called “platforms”. The platform is the place where people flow. People come and go like a railway platform. I know that fact, still, I want to find the right place to continue writing because it is tough to move around with my stuff every time I change platforms.

I expect and get disappointed. When I realise “this is not my place”, I pack up (export) my belongings (the post that I had written) and settle down in a new place I’ve found. And then, after a while, when I am let down again, I walk around looking for another place.

I wonder, there are a lot of articles and writings online, but where are the writers with a real passion actually writing?

I have a craving to write as well as a craving to read. 

I have been doing so-called “content writing” in Japanese for a long and I don’t want to do it anymore. I want to write about what I want to write. I am writing about what I want to read. I stubbornly believe that there are “my readers” who want to read interesting stuff in this cyber world, but where can I meet them?

Sometimes your articles are not read at all, which is fine. What I am not comfortable with is that your posts are read and liked by someone, but it’s vague “like”s and you’re not sure if your work has really been appreciated. To top it all off, there are occasionally negative comments that take away your motivation to write when you don’t need to be hurt.

I feel like I’m almost forgetting what I really wanted to write. Why did I want to write? What did I want to write about, and who did I want to write for?

And then, I bumped into Substack, which may be my next place to write. I’ve been disappointed so many times that I can’t help but feel like I’m going to be let down again. However, I’m still hoping this time.

Now, I want to write something really good, something I really want to write. I can write here what I want to write and deliver it to the real readers—and I’m stupid enough to believe it again.

My Substack Publication In English:

Learn Japanese at JAPANESQUE CAFÉ
Learning Japanese as a foreign language with a native speaker

Learn Japanese at JAPANESQUE CAFÉ
Learning Japanese as a foreign language with a native speaker

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