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« on: March 02, 2024 @612.99 »

I was wondering what unique substacks or newsletters people here are subscribed to? I'm also looking for new content to enjoy and I find that that mainly comes from recommendations, so drop them below!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2024 @671.63 »

https://planet.freegamedev.net/
https://www.ariis.it/
I follow various people on Mastodon, and follow various hobbyist-level game devs on Itch.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2024 @674.33 »

I was in searching for something similar too and this topic came at the right moment.

What I've found so far on Substack that was pretty interesting:
https://www.theintrinsicperspective.com/ (unfortunately ~50% or more posts are under a paywall)
https://aldaily.substack.com/
https://bottomfeeder.substack.com/ (rumblings about the gaming industry)
https://eriktorenberg.substack.com/archive
https://www.honest-broker.com/ (music & culture)
https://www.statsignificant.com/ (statistical analysis about media in general)
https://www.overcomingbias.com/
https://thelandofrandom.substack.com/ (talking about the old internet, I won't be surprised if he's a regular in these communities)
https://www.startingfromnix.com/ (Writing about friendship, loneliness, overcoming challenges, travel and the beauty of life, she has a unique style)
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2024 @743.26 »

I gave up on newsletters since I often ending up subbing a thousand and not read them after a while and it clogs the mailbox for nothing. I prefer browsing sites and discover by myself. I may miss some stuff but as long as it's not life-important, I'll survive. I know Substack since it seems pretty popular among comic artists/writers/readers etc but the drama about being open to extreme political views, I've stopped folloing people there. Glad I made my own websites for reviews...
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2024 @994.61 »

I share concerns like Paprika mentioned about inbox-clogging, and in general for newsletters, etc., I prefer RSS. Actually, Substack offers RSS feeds automatically of their feeds if you add either "/feed" or "/rss" to a Substack's URL, and I use this to subscribe to some such as Sean of the South or CGP Grey in my newsreader programme. However, for newsletters without RSS or Atom feeds, there's a utility called Kill The Newsletter that does this really well!

Some of my favourite newsletters include Tech Things by Joanna Stern with the Wall Street Journal (I love her videos! Edutainment at its finest IMO)  as well as XKCD's feed. I also have a local news site's feed and a k-pop news site's feed as some of my favourites, as well as a feed for a fan blog of one of my favourite old k-pop groups.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2024 @80.24 »

I was wondering what unique substacks or newsletters people here are subscribed to? I'm also looking for new content to enjoy and I find that that mainly comes from recommendations, so drop them below!

I don't like newsletters; I get too much impersonal email already. I'd rather get people's RSS feeds.

Even if that weren't the case, I'd boycott Substack; I think it's a Nazi bar.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2024 @547.58 »

It really depends. This is what happens when a publication is going to allow any type of content; of course all the attention will be focused on that. Personally I never interacted on Substack with content that had extremely questionable political views, I don't want to find them or to search for them, but I agree that a place without moderation is a mistake.

I've seen people migrating from Substack to Ghost or other platforms due to the recent controversies, but the people that I follow there are really separate from it and they have no fault. At first, it was a nice platform that allowed writers to get money without much fuss and it was a direct competitor and a better alternative to Medium - I guess we can't have nice things for too long. I'm either using an alternative email directly related to receiving updates on websites or just using RSS in some cases, I can't imagine having them on an email where I'm actually receiving important stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2024 @565.17 »

I share concerns like Paprika mentioned about inbox-clogging, and in general for newsletters, etc., I prefer RSS. Actually, Substack offers RSS feeds automatically of their feeds if you add either "/feed" or "/rss" to a Substack's URL, and I use this to subscribe to some such as Sean of the South or CGP Grey in my newsreader programme. However, for newsletters without RSS or Atom feeds, there's a utility called Kill The Newsletter that does this really well!

You saved me with this suggestion. I was recently subscribed to the Johto Times and I already found myself overwhelmed by the weekly emails. RSS works so much better for this!

That already answers the question for me: I'm not subscribed to anything else at the moment because the emails easily overwhelm me.
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2024 @212.13 »

I now exclusively use RSS for content thanks to kill the newsletter!

Most of my subscriptions are locally run, so I don't want to doxx myself lol. But my favorite thing to do is to add my youtube subscriptions to RSS, so i don't have to turn on notifications on. Someone gave me this link, you replace the channel id section with the preferred channel:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=[ID HERE]

Seriously, it's been a lifesaver.

I also use the mangadex to rss site, that I can't remember off the top of my head right now. Yall should check it out though. :ha:


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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2024 @550.80 »


https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=[ID HERE]


OHMYGOSH!! I seriously can't believe this exists. I've been converting each youtube channel to an RSS feed via rss.app and it would keep coming out as broken, and it cost money, etc...it's amazing there's an intuitive way I just didn't know. Whelp guess I'm going to remove and add them all again but I'm pretty excited to have a feed that works lol. THANK YOU!  :grin:
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2024 @623.31 »

I prefer RSS. Actually, Substack offers RSS feeds automatically of their feeds if you add either "/feed" or "/rss" to a Substack's URL

This was an absolute gamechanger for me! I only subscribe to 3-4 RSS feeds on substack and a blog or two but they were flooding my email. Now I have them all in QuietRSS (which I check once a day and then put away), and that way I can stay up-to-date without being overwhelmed.
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2024 @60.56 »

I want to say first of all that all these resources are all life changing, i'm sure i'll use RSS with youtube one of these days

Secondly, sorry for dragging the thread back to the original topic, but i want to share some blogs/comics/else i follow, i'm lucky that most of them update weekly at most so my feed doesn't get clogged

xkcd: I don't think this one needs an introduction

Burried Treasure: A blog dedicated to small indie games that came out recently and aren't that well known

Jeff's Gameblog: Mostly small updates regarding TTRPGs and stuff like that, which has been my latest fixation

cad-comic: "this the website "control alt cad-comic" comic"

Dungeon Fantastic: Another TTRPG blog this time focused on GURPS, which is part of the aforementioned fixation, kinda weird i know, sorry about that :ohdear:

It does feel bad to leave without leaving some kind of resource like people before me did in this thread, so i'm gonna say that i found most of these blogs by using Ooh.directory, a blog directory that sorts them in different categories, from games, to politics, to travel, whatever you can think of; i need to explore that website more often i think...
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