How to get the content you want when you want it.
I asked, you answered, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the Spring Reader survey. You gave me some valuable information.
Usually, when I send out a reader survey, I receive clear direction on where to go next. But this time, y’all surprised me. As my readership grows, things are a little less black and white, but you reaffirmed a lot of what I was already thinking.
As I read through your responses, I decided to make a few changes. Most important among them is I’m giving you control over what emails you receive.
To make things easier for everyone, I’m splitting the Sunday All Things Bipolar Newsletter out of my Substack and moving it exclusively back to ConvertKit. You probably won’t notice a change, except that you won’t be able to read the Sunday Newsletter in the Substack app anymore. Here’s why.
Nearly 70% of you told me you only want to receive one email a week. Since the
Speaking Bipolar Positivity Club has three posts a week, you’ll want to only subscribe to the Sunday edition. As always, if you want to read more, I’ll continue to add additional reading links to the newsletter.
If you only want to receive one weekly email, please unsubscribe from the Speaking Bipolar Positivity Club. You should be able to do that here. If you have any issues, please reach out to me by replying to a newsletter or by leaving a message on a post. I’ll then manually delete you from the Club or the Sunday edition.
Most of the remaining 30% of you want to receive either three or four emails per week. In that case, you’ll want to subscribe to both the Sunday All Things Bipolar Newsletter and the Speaking Bipolar Positivity Club.
Inside the Club, I will continue to post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posts. Free subscribers will get a preview of the Monday and Friday posts and the full Wednesday post. Paid subscribers will receive the full post all three days.
There’s a small subsection of you who want to receive emails every day. While I wish I had the time to write and publish something every day, my current day job makes it impossible. However, I have a solution.
Since most of you prefer either Facebook or Instagram, be sure to follow me there. I post daily content, including inspirational quotes and links to the most popular content from the blog. If you follow me, it will be like getting a message from me every day.
The one area where your answers muddied the waters a bit is in what content to produce next. For subject matter, you were clear. Most of you are struggling with anxiety, and that doesn’t surprise me because it’s my biggest challenge right now, too. Knowing that, you’ll see some content soon on how to manage and survive bipolar anxiety.
As to how you want new content, you were evenly split three ways. One third of you want a podcast, another third want YouTube videos, and the final third want eBooks and PDF workbooks. Yep, clear as mud.
I wish I could take on all three projects at once, but unless one of you has a ton of money to throw my way, I have to keep counting beans for a living. I’m leaning toward the podcast because it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while.
Speaking Bipolar holds a library of content I could easily turn into Podcast episodes. If I take that route, I could then use the podcast audio to create YouTube videos, so two-thirds of you will be happy.
As for eBooks and workbooks, there will be more. I love making them, so it’s simply a matter of finding enough time to create new content. I’ll keep you posted as to each plan as it develops.
Right now, I’m hard at work completing (hopefully) the final edit of turning the 30 Days of Positivity course into a physical book. Editing 40,000+ words of content takes a lot more time than you would think.
I’m especially thankful for how you replied to the fill in the blank questions. Besides anxiety, you also gave me dozens of other topic ideas. Here are a few of the things you’re looking for: how to help a family member with bipolar, how to add more good habits to your life, how to handle mixed-state bipolar episodes, and more.
Every one of your suggestions is gold, and all of them made it onto my future content list. I can’t guarantee how quickly I’ll produce the content, but I will create content for every single question and suggestion. Your input has me excited about what to do next.
I have two main goals for all of my future Speaking Bipolar content. One, I want to be sure you are getting what you need to live your best life with bipolar disorder. Two, it’s crucial for you to get the information in the way you want it.
With those two goals in mind, I know separating the two newsletters is the best course. This way, you have control over what you receive and how often. If you have any trouble with subscribing or unsubscribing, please let me know.
Bipolar disorder can create lots of chaos in your daily life. I’m here to help make your journey a little easier.
Thank you again for taking the time to tell me what things you want. I’ll do my best to make it happen soon.
Until next time, keep fighting.