Video podcasts on Substack? 😍

Writers, this is exciting! 🎙️

Hello! 👾

Khaby Lame said effort is important but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference. Creators, this is an important lesson.

On that note, let's quickly go through our weekly round up of creator economy updates.

In today's Going Solo

  • Friday advice: Austin Kleon on storytelling

  • Discover a new creator: Miss Excel to master Excel

  • News that caught our eye: Video podcasts and paywalls come to Substack

  • Stuff worth watching: How to BOOST mental clarity and productivity

Austin Kleon on Storytelling

Perhaps one of the first craft-oriented books any creator picks is that of Austin Kleon's! While his Steal Like An Artist made him a New York Times Bestselling Author, his practical advice and writings don't just help us keep it real; they also help us go after what we love. After all, he was the one who also asked not to wait until you know who you are to get started.

We're quite stuck on his advice on storytelling. 👇

You can also sign up for his newsletter for all the latest scoop.

Have You Heard of Miss Excel?

Kat or Miss Excel has simplified Ms Excel for many. She is quite popular on Instagram and TikTok and has been covered by Bloomberg, Forbes, Insider, etc. Kat has trained about 1M+ users, and her Reels on topics like Pivot Table formatting tips or using Excel’s split screen feature make her content relatable and useful.

From offering free classes from time and again to immersive courses like Complete Microsoft Office Suite, Ultimate Excel Bundle and more — Kat has pretty much become a household name. And for a reason.

And recently, she has launched a free newsletter where she intends to curate her favourite links on the internet, advice on productivity and career along with tips and how-tos on Ms Office. Sounds like something you need right now? Subscribe here. 👇🏼

Video Podcasts and Paywalls Come to Substack

Substack is easily most independent writers and creators' favorite blogging or newsletter tool — and we love that they're taking video podcast features notch up and above.

Just a few days back, they sent out an email saying Substack is for video. What does that mean? Well, Substack fully wants to go the multimedia route, and offer its creators more choice and freedom of expression.

Substack's official announcement states, “As more and more writers wanted to host podcasts, we added increasingly sophisticated podcasting features. Podcasting started to explode on Substack. Today, some of the leading revenue-earners on the platform are podcast-focused, including The Fifth ColumnBlocked & Reported, and MartyrMade.”

This doesn't come as a surprise considering Substack has launched a simple video tool and video streams from Patti Smith, Amanda Palmer, Jenny Walton, etc. As per the new update, Substack plans to double down on video and introduce flexible paywalls for creators to choose which parts of their podcasts to monetize.

How to BOOST Mental Clarity and Productivity by Edward Lee

What's the biggest hurdle creators face? Distractions and the brain fog that distractions can cause. Having clarity and mental well-being can help creators go the extra mile. 🏃

Edward Lee, a creator and filmmaker based out of Seattle, made a video on how he deals with brain fog and achieves productivity.

Watch the entire video. 👇

🔥 Brewing Hot

  • We’re doing 7 days of recommendations, highlighting our best reads, movies, and games we’ve experienced in 2023. Check it out here.

  • Instagram dropped Trend Talk to shed light on the topics and themes that might trend in 2024. Find all the deets here.

  • Who would’ve thought! Apparently TikTokers are spending over a minute on each TikTok. Don’t believe? Read this for more.

That’s it for this week! We’ll be back with more stories next Friday. 👋🏼

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