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I hope this move goes well for you. I have had readers of my substack say, similar to Jonathan Kamens, that they can't support me on this platform. My feeling has been any platform you're on is going to have its bad elements, although I did leave Twitter in November, earlier than many. Definitely a loss. Shout out for Mastodon. My blog is young. I need the tools here for a while to get a larger base to make such a move. I'll be watching for your posts on your new, independent site. Have to say I love email alerts, being perpetually buried in reading. You know the feeling. Best of luck.

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I agree, any platform has good and bad actors. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just write and not have to focus so much on delivery? Oh well...

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

A big part of all this jumping around is the state of or what our economy is morphing into. When careers aren't enough, or even available as they may have been in the past for many of us, well suddenly the economy becomes some 300 million person DIY career job. Everybody's making a shingle, collecting cost and revenue subscriptions through vehicles like substack, Medium, and many others, and then the effect of 300 million all trying to do the same thing on a finite planet and a finite set of sources to work from. Wow, it's the numbers, I think. Many people are all jumping into the same economy model, and it's getting crowded in there. :-(

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Yep, I love writing but in the end this gig economy sucks.

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Geoff I haven't heard this yet from my readers, that they can't support me on Substack. In your experience is it a technical issue (payment vehicle) or a more personal (political) choice?

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It was a personal/political choice by a few people on Mastodons. There’s a wide range of content published here. We don’t necessarily see it. My experience indicates we are siloed, I never get challenging feedback to my posts.

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I'd say that's a fairly accurate assessment. It strikes me how uncritical people are... I see a lot of Stacks where the vast majority of commenters fervently agree with, and shower praise upon, the author, even if some of their posts are not particularly well written or interesting (and often border on infatuation which I don't think is healthy). I see this across the spectrum. That creates silos, as you say. The one place where people get into it is Notes, but then it becomes a shouting match instead of a civil debate.

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It's a critical problem. We all enjoy positive feedback, but writing about climate change, I want readers who challenge me. I want at least some of my audience to be people I can persuade.

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I've worked in the sustainability area for a few decades now. Had a meeting with Dr. Bob Watson in 2000, when he was head of the IPCC. Later ousted on the request of ExxonMobil. Lovely country we live in. Looked at your About page but it's the default... def should spruce that up! It's the first page I look at when I'm exploring a new Substack :). Happy to connect/help any way I can. Pretty deeply connected in the sustainability/cleantech/green worlds.

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Well, I replied, and my comment seems to have been lost. Try again. My life is now devoted to writing about climate change. I have decades in communication and feel I have an ability to gather information and share it in a knowledgeable, persuasive way. It's what I do every day for the last 2 1/2 years. I research, write and worry calmly. Your experience sounds amazing. Exxon of course minimized evidence of its own scientists in the 1970s, and Eunice Foote identified the mechanism of global warming far earlier. I would love to connect to make our individual voices stronger. I'm pretty sure my first response was more eloquent, it's late! : (

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

I subscribed to both the Substack and the .io site because I appreciate your hard work and value it. I hope this new arrangement works out for you.

I'm someone who likes being notified of new posts by email, though, so if you're no longer doing that, how would I know when you post content?

Best wishes for success. I believe in time, you will be rocking a large group of followers and subscribers!

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I'm still going to email posts out, but I'm going to work on a new routine or a digest so that I send them out 2-3 times a week.

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Once or twice a week emails with links to OKDoomer articles should be enough for those who already know your work . I only discovered you on substack.com (don't follow the site formally known as twitter or any other social media) and there is a danger of disappearing on your own site ... after all your work doesn't exactly encourage spending money on either new Iphones or even "beans, bullets, and bandaids for your bunker" so Google is going to try to bury it. Good luck to you. Sincerely.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

So, just to be clear, I think you're saying if I subscribe to your RSS feed on okdoomer.io I'll get all the same content that you're posting here and more, and I can pay you through okdoomer.io without any of that money going to Substack. Is that correct? Because if so, I'm all over that. I want to support your work but I can't give money to Substack.

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Aug 7, 2023·edited Aug 7, 2023Author

Yep, that's exactly what I'm saying. Can you let me know if the RSS is working? It's acting weird on my end--troubleshooting is on my list for tonight. In the meantime, the new site also has email sign up--but I'll be doing weekly/occasional emails there--not sending out every new post.

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Aug 7, 2023·edited Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Great, just subscribed (i.e., paid). The RSS feed seems to be working, but I'll let you know if I notice any issues. Will stay subscribed to the Substack emails for a while to make sure I'm seeing all the Substack articles in the RSS feed. Thanks for setting up okdoomer.io and for the work you do!

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Yeah, hold onto everything for a while until all comes out in the wash. :-)

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Jessica, as you move to the new website, please consider not using AI generated art to illustrate your posts. There's a certain dark irony to illustrating all the research and thought that goes into your wonderful pieces about the climate and society, with technology that requires obscene amounts of water and electricity, not all of which is sourced renewably. The other issues with AI art are that a.) image data sets are hand-labeled by low-wage workers in Kenya, Venezuela and other countries (the jobs are mind-numbing, stressful and often traumatizing bc of the content) and b.) the models have been trained on billions of images scraped online without consent, credit, or compensation to the artists. I'm part of the artist community—my 12-year-old, who is an emerging artist, has also had her work scraped. Greg Rutkowski, a well-known digital artist whose name was used 400,000 times in prompts, is already seeing his brand drowning in search results flooded with AI-generated iterations of his artistic style. These are the real impacts on real people and their livelihoods, despite the naysayers who are calling us artists and other creators luddites.

I realize these issues are not always covered in the media and not everyone is aware of them, so this isn't a judgment of you or anyone else using AI art to illustrate their articles—and not trying to pass it off as your own creation as some people are doing. But I do feel the points need to be raised. There's a lot more in the rabbit hole for anyone who cares to learn more:

https://themuse.substack.com/p/ai-at-work-bubbles-in-the-sand-part-3a7

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Jessica Unchained!

I'll follow you anywhere.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Also gave up on Medium. I have my own site, but no one goes there. All my action is on Substack. Your email doesn't clutter my inbox and neither does anyone elses, as I've turned off email and get notifications from the app.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

I love having you drop into my inbox, but I might be odd in that preference. With that said, I will also subscribe to the new site...I appreciate the time you put into your posts.

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I applaud your decision to leave Medium in your dust. I did too when it became financially idiotic for me to continue. I had hoped Substack would turn the corner for me, and it is...slowly. But even here I struggle to find readers and backers/supporters. I hope Doomer one day allows you to rely less on teaching, because I understand what a thankless job that is most of the time.

Keep on being wisely awesome.

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Thanks! Here's to the future, whatever it throws at us.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

I subscribe, so I’m glad you’re staying here on Substack you’re my voice of sanity. Thank you.

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Aug 7, 2023·edited Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

I just paid to subscribe for a year a couple days ago so this is kind of a bummer. I’ve been reading your stuff for free for a while, so I got my money’s worth I’m not mad about it, just a little bummed.

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Are you talking about here or Medium? If you're on Substack, I'll still be posting here. I'm not going to be leaving Substack readers high and dry. If nothing else, I'll send out a weekly email with everything, and it'll be open.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Me too -- just paid some more into Substack last week, so in a couple of months will start using paypal for io. Glad you took the bull by the balls with with Medium. They've gotten so lame.

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Yeah, it's a shadow of the platform it used to be.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Thank you! I paid for a year, probably a few months into that now. I'm happy to jump over to where you get more of the funds when this one runs out. I'll also add a note that I like getting the emails, because I have authors and artists and professional contacts who are using a variety of platforms. Email or RSS are definitely easier than having to go platform hopping *smile.* I appreciate your honesty and research and information.

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Noted! I'll still email articles out.

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Good, because I subscribed here. No way to know otherwise, I don't have time to keep up on the politics of platforms other than obvious/hit you in the face stuff!

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Here, lol, am I the boomer?! 😂😂

Awesome thank you for the clarification.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

I did as well. Given that, I will continue to read here until it ends. I want to support these great articles, but my subscription budget is tight, so will hold off on joining the new site.

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No problem. I definitely don't want anyone to feel like they have to subscribe to both. One is fine.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Will you please fix the SSL on okdoomer.io so it redirects without interim browser panic ("Site is not secure")? tl;dr: you can set the website to always redirect to https:// (and use letsencrypt to add free SSL certs) before it redirects to Ghost. Maybe this is affecting your RSS?

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Yeah, I'll do that tonight. It might take a minute or two to figure out.

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P.S. - Just fixed, I think. It was simpler than I thought.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

I'll miss the dark mode in Substack and the ability to have the article read aloud. But I'll follow you wherever you go.

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Thanks! The new site has a dark mode you can switch on, way down at the bottom. I'll be looking into a reader of some kind.

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If folks use Firefox, there's this extension:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/read-aloud/

If folks use Microsoft Edge, then Ctrl-Shift-U will bring up the read aloud function (or right-click on some empty space and select 'Read aloud' from the dropdown.

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Wait, there’s a dark mode? For the life of me I can’t find it.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

I’ll follow you wherever you choose write. It’s a great idea to create your own space. It seems we’re experiencing the enshitification of formerly useful platforms — thanks to Cory Doctorow for the terminology.

(Shout out to Mastodon and the decentralization of social media!)

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Hell yes on no medium 🙌

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

OK Doomer is the only email / posts I actually look forward to. Jessica, I love your writing, humor and POV. I started with substack, but will happily follow you anywhere. Thanks all your good work. — David Vogler

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I recently had a creepy encounter with Substack’s “anti-woke” circle of hell and I started to fear that the days of relative peace here were numbered.

Then I read this and thought, are all tech CEOs fascist-adjacent?

America is fun.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/richard-hanania-white-supremacist-pseudonym-richard-hoste_n_64c93928e4b021e2f295e817

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

Fuckin ‘ell, they’re everywhere. Thanks for the heads up!

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Not sure if Hamish McKenzie is insanely naive, or a closeted sympathizer.

Time will tell.

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jessica Wildfire

It’s definitely becoming painful to try to dance around thinking all these VC/tech bros have not gone totally off the deep end.

Just banged through that article and the stuff regarding trans humanism and long-terminismism etc.

It’s like yeah you all are just pulling tech-eugenics now. I WONDER WHAT GRIMES THINKS OF ALL THIS…??(😂🤪🫠)

This is the type of stuff that I attempt to show certain family members when they bay and cry about Tucker Carlson, but yeah it’s bad…

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We live in madness. It's a trip.

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Yeah, eugenics has come back with roaring force the last few years.

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Everything old is new again. Clear sign civilization as we know it is a recursion loop. Been that way for millennia.

Babel crumbles and we just rebuild it even higher.

The tower can’t go to the stars. Gotta break the circle. Otherwise we won’t pass through the Great Filter.

A wild thing to say, but extraordinary times reveal stark truths.

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