introducing....Season One: I'm (Not?) The Best
You made my day with this announcement!! I am an aggressive encourager of all artists who creep into their worth with one hand over their eyes and the other pinching their nose.
OMG I WAS ONLY JOKING ALEX
THIS WILL NEVER WORK
Okay, I guess it’s too late to roll this back now. Fine. Fine.
And oh god I see that my reputation is on the line here as well. Greaaaaaat. Last bloody time I try to be helpful to ANYONE on this ridiculous platform
pours whisky, drinks, takes deep breath
Woohoo! So pumped to see this! Yeah! Go Alex! This is the start of really great things and I’m super-thrilled for you, mate. GO TEAM DOBRENKO!
YES!! This is some epic Fool energy and I am here for it. Can't wait for the new season.
As one of your paid subscribers I have some skin in this game. I am a discerning professional reader. Yes, I read people’s stuff for money, and I do it full time! Plus I am a somewhat compulsive reader outside of work, and a fan of Substack.
And (drumroll) so far yours is THE ONLY Substack I pay for. Not because I am cheap but because I like your stuff the most. YOU GOT THIS DOBRENKO.
Go for it just the way you want to. Don’t burn out, look after your energy, ask for the money, use the money for living or whatever you want…free advice worth twice the price.
BOOOOYAHHHHHH BAT FOREVER
I'm gonna restrain my hyper-commenter energy (because ...so...much...to...respond...to) but a dull-roar handful: i. I JUST mentioned the "Seasons" thing to Lyle in his last post (I got so burnt out writing three years ago and was like WHY CAN'T WE BE LIKE 'FRIENDS'?? I'm not asking for a mill per episode, just a summer break!!) so YES on Seasons but also it's ok to break here and there to retool, we'll still be here! and ii. please write about the fear of being normal soon! and iii. I am SO exciting you're doing this and making your BATdreams come true!! Is there a way I can upgrade my reg year subscription I started in June to jump up and grab that shroom and supersize myself to Founder level??
Go for it! I love that you’re up front about what you need in order to write your guts out… a smaller, more committed community of readers. P.S. I’m already paying 🤓
Just tell me how and when to roll over my already-paid-annual-subscription to a massive-founder-philanthropist-of-arts-subscription, ok.
BrB. Gotta go change my legal middle name to "Shroomie" real quick
I am so very excited for you and look forward to seeing how this new approach plays out. Living in so cal, but born and growing up back east, where there are honest- to- god seasons, as well as being ancient enough to remember and be excited about the Fall TV Season, I love that you are adopting the season approach. I was so wishing for some reason to pretend to be celebrating FALL, which was always my favorite season, so now you have given that reason to celebrate (because the weather down here in San Diego is certainly not doing it for me--not even any Santa Ana winds which I had convinced myself could be called a season! ) I am sure you have heard the To Compare is to Despair slogan, but I hope your success with this is so great it causes lots of green-eyed jealousy among us other sub stackers (smile.)
Super exciting! I'm really positive that in a few months it WILL become your full time job.
I am so psyched by this post! So psyched I am already a paid subscriber! Yay, you!
oh he doin big big things
Yeayaaaaaa!! GET IT DOBRENKO.
So excited for this next chapter. So many good things ahead!! Super bullish on BAT.
(Also love the photoshop - giving me something to aspire towards)
What a great start to my day, getting called a fungus(i?) - like Toad (or Terd, as my sister used to call him when we’d spend endless hours playing MarioKart) who almost always came in last. 😂
Selfishly, I’m sad because I know that soon when I go to read your posts, I’ll get to a certain point and hit that dreaded “Subscribers Only” line and be left to wonder what is behind it. And also (since both things are true), I’m happy for you...glad you’re doing what’s best for your own sanity and in order to spend time with your family. Just lay off the nursery rhymes, okay? (Especially Humpty Dumpty...talk about DARK.)