≡ Menu

Move to Substack? Easy. Simple. No problem. I’ve done this thousands of times. . .

But I am getting close. I’ll keep you updated.

Gerard Van der Leun // 1692 Mangrove Ave Apt: 379
Chico, CA 95926

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • captflee August 3, 2022, 9:53 AM

    Wherever you alight, we’ll be there, with alacrity.
    Just despatched my widower’s mite en route your position.
    Thank you for all you do!

  • Denny August 3, 2022, 12:00 PM

    Wow, that kind of crap happens to me also, almost every time I turn on my computer.
    It’s just like the prospector in Norm MacDonald’s Andy Richter joke.


  • Univ of Saigon 68 August 3, 2022, 2:32 PM

    I hope you’re going to post very detailed instruction about how to join up.

  • ThisIsNotNutella August 3, 2022, 2:45 PM


    Subscribestar.com is worth a look as a backup. The Z Man uses it for his ‘Behind the Green Door’ posts (he’s also recently added a Substack mirror option). Sure, it’s worth having a few other options e.g. I guess Rumble, Locals, etc… because when dealing with a Boomer Clientele (Hi, Y’all!) you have a bunch of crotchety old grumps who are fixated on their One True Platform and why they hate the others. Simpler to just accommodate their idiosyncrasies for a fee rather than try to set them straight.

    But Substack is Coin of the Realm at any meaningful remove from the Zimmer frames. If you’re not on there, you’re not a Serious Player. And if you want to make this pay, you’re going to have to do a bit of self-promotion on (say) Alex Kaschuta’s YouTube Channel (*) — and this for a start: only way to get a big paying readership is to be featured on some YouTube channels and attract a younger 35-55-ish audience. You’ve got an interesting back story and lots of good content — potentially some really good stuff if you’re willing to pull fewer punches behind the various subscriber paywalls.

    * Why not try to talk yourself onto one of “Our People’s” (heh) channels and get some exposure and then lily pad through a few more, building up some cred? It’s no different to banging out underground magazines and eventually parlaying that into all those years in Serious Publishing.

    Hell, you could put the Cat on screen with you and make it pay its way. Onwards and upwards!

    • Vanderleun August 3, 2022, 3:28 PM

      That’s extremely good advice and I am, by and large, on that route already. It will take a few more days but I am starting to see the outlines of a plan. Thanks for the tips. I need them.

    • ghostsniper August 3, 2022, 5:22 PM

      “…attract a younger 35-55-ish audience.”
      Oh dear.
      Sounds like the beginning of the end.

      • ThisIsNotNutella August 3, 2022, 6:14 PM

        Just you wait until I talk him into TikTok — you ain’t seen nothing ’bout The End yet.

        Reality: There’s only so low I can go and I *do* put my heart and soul into going low… but TikTok aficionados effortlessly out-limbo me.

  • Dirk August 3, 2022, 6:32 PM

    I distrust ’em all. What’s wrong with an envelope an address, a forever stamp? Drop it in the box,

    And like magic, it arrives where you sent it.

    All those computer-generated things, requires an address, bank accounts, and permission from the pope. And YOU pay them to sell your personal information, uncle sugar gets to track your script and your purchase. All for 3% of what you sent.

    It’s a fucking scam, a rip-off and nobody but Yours and Gerard’s business. I get it done for a stamp, an envelope, and a short walk down the driveway, to my secure locked mailbox.

    And while I’m on my rant, why in the hell would anybody let a stranger access your bank account? Old school work’s for me. Ima stick with it.

    • ThisIsNotNutella August 3, 2022, 6:43 PM

      I get that it’s not for everyone. But you’d be surprised just how much hard work and up-front time and money is involved in the getting and managing of a web subscription model where folks pay by cash or check in the mail. Setting *that* up is the kind of job requires an investment in self-hosting and developer/tech-support that is not likely to be affordable, let alone have any chance of paying off for Gerard unless he goes majorly viral and corners the market in pheromone soap product placement or reproduction unmentionable ceremonial daggers or something. Unlikely.

      There’s a reason for the Substacks, etc. They’re (relatively) frictionless for both sides of the transaction. Someone did all the hard work to make them frictionless and expects to get recompensed for that. Obviously these platforms must take their cut and they’re not going to facilitate or permit any ways to side-step their paywalls through folks mailing in cash or checks to the site author.

      • ghostsniper August 4, 2022, 4:49 AM

        In case you didn’t catch it, what Dirk and I are suggesting is the old skool model that stays well below the radar sweep and allows Gerard to do with his money as he sees fit, rather than creating a huge paper trail of tripwires.

        2 days ago I sent Gerard $100 in cash and described it in a comment. Now, he can take that $100 and do with it as he chooses, and gets to use all of it. He pays no fees on it nor does anyone but him and I know about it. Maybe he can buy $100 worth of Olive food and litter as a hedge against inflation and be ahead of the game.

        Someone using online facilities to send Gerard $100 means he will get LESS than the $100 (because of the inherent fees) and there will be a paper trail that can cause the IRS to steal 20% or more of it and use it to bribe ne’er do wells to harm him in various ways.

        Notice I sent CASH not a check.
        Cash = spendable coin.
        Check = paper trail.

  • Dirk August 4, 2022, 8:53 AM

    Nutella, I get it, and understand your position. The harder this world tries to push me to conform to their norm,,,,the harder I retreat. Didn’t you mention your in Hong Kong, understand the need for such mechanisms.

    Like Ghost I’m still sending cash often, which only works if you have a trusting relationship with the recipient. Our last contribution I didn’t have 250.00 in cash here, to send to Gerard, or I would have.

    Clearly GV’s subscriptions, payment plan can be met in multiple mediums. Mine will be cash or check, yearly.

    Have a good one.