Compound Weekly Issue #10

Hey Friends, 

We had a blast at yesterday’s live drafting event with Lindsey Quinn. If you missed it, keep an eye out on #general as we plan to do more of them in the future.

First, a quick recap of the week:

Published Works: 

Brendan J Short - The Riot Had to Be Outside My Window for Me to Join It

Alberto Arenaza - Growing up in Zoom Schools

Chris Sheffield - No Post In The Mail

Eugene Yan - How to Apply Crocker's Law for Feedback and Growth


Here are some drafts that need feedback & editing from the community. Take some time this week and jump back into Slack to show support:

Eugene Yan - Why I Love Scrum for Data Science

Stew Fortier - A Short List of Helpful Cognitive Biases

Sage Disch - Subtle, Yet Real

Sam Auch - On Having A Life Philosophy

Jason Grad - My Pledge For Support

Upcoming Event: 

If you wanted to build an enthusiastic following around your ideas, how would you do it?

Nathan Baschez and Dan Shipper have a few ideas…

Nathan Baschez recently left his job as VP of Strategy at Substack to launch what is now one of its most popular paid newsletters, Divinations.

Dan Shipper similarly saw the potential of email-first subscription businesses and launched a successful subscription product of his own: Superorganizers.

Nathan and Dan recently joined forces to offer the now-Twitter-famous Everything bundle.

While many of us are debating what the future of media looks like, Nathan and Dan have been quietly executing to prove what’s possible.

On this private call for Compound Writing members and Everything subscribers, Nathan and Dan will share the lessons they’ve learned building a new media company around their ideas.


Nathan, Dan, and Stew Fortier will do a deep dive into:

  • Picking a niche: How’d Nathan and Dan choose what to write about?

  • Content strategy: Should you write content that's timeless or timely?

  • Growth strategy: How have Nathan and Dan gone about acquiring enthusiastic readers?

  • Writing & editing process: How do Nathan and Dan reliably produce high-quality, long-form writing?

Afterward, we’ll do a 20-minute Q&A with the group where Nathan and Dan can answer any questions that come up.

Bring some coffee and a notebook ;)

That’s all for this week, folks.
Dan & Stew