Substack is the new Medium

The following is the first and only Substack post that I have or will make, at least for the time being. You can follow the largely placeholder Ryan Hayes account over on Substack.

I’ve been writing in various forms publicly for about 12 years now.

The majority of that has either been guest blogs or on my own site.

I do it partly to organize my thoughts and solidify my understanding of topics and observations, and partly to get better at one of the most important ways to communicate – writing.

Over the years my personal site as moved several times, but each time I’ve moved it, the only regrets that I’ve ever had were moving the content to a place where I didn’t have control of 4 things:

  1. The freedom to control what I write.
  2. The freedom of who has access to what I write.
  3. The ability to set a custom domain.
  4. Setup of 301 redirects.

That last one is probably only important when you can’t decide on your slug and change it over the years. 😅

Medium was a great writing and publishing experience for a few years. Then they removed custom domains and added paywalls.

Substack’s brilliance is that it provides a simple publishing platform when the most important thing for you to do is write. In my review of this year I realized that what I really want to do is write.

And so, that’s what I’m doing.

Just…not here on Substack. (I didn’t just pull a clickbait, did I? 😬)

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I’ll be talking all about what I learn in building cultures of innovation in Fortune 500 enterprises, remotely working in the mountains of rural America with high-growth small-town tech startups, and the principles that I learn that help make a difference in both.

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Until next time.