First networking post
Make new friends and connections!
I love not being on Instagram. I have so much more free time and so much more free mental space. I’ve been reading two books a week and looking up interviews with the authors and I just feel like I have so much more space. I am still working away at making substack a sustainable place for my practice, both in the size of my audience and financially. I have 114 thousand followers on instagram and the majority of my income has traditionally come from zine sales resulting from me posting on instagram. Currently I have less than 10 thousand subscribers on substack, and I don’t make as much on either zines sales or paid substack subscriptions as I did when I was posting regularly, but I’m on my way to making this financially sustainable and I have all of you to thank for that.
One of the cool things about instagram was all the connections with people, and I do believe there is the potential for connection building on substack — a place that prioritizes long form writing over bite sized information, and a place that does not predatorily mine your attention to sell it to advertisers. I would love to see a shift away from social media to platforms like substack that encourage us to think deeper and longer, and do not promote addictive, compulsive use. I want to be a part of this shift, and so I thought it would be cool to offer the networking opportunities here that I used to offer on instagram.
People have joked to me that they bring up my name in conversation to sus out where people in supposedly lefty scenes stand on questions like cancel culture and identitarianism. Is your new date critical of cancel culture and social justice orthodoxy or does my name fill them with contempt, rage, and suspicion? It’s a quick and easy test that often gets results in the most chronically online “social justice” scenes. A lot of people on the left, and in queer world, and in artistic or academic or therapy adjacent spaces, are looking for connections with people who are not caught in fundamentalist cult-like thinking. We want connections with people we have things in common with, but we don’t want to live in fear of being cancelled, constantly hypervigilantly monitor the way we think, or chronically self-censor because we are afraid of being brought into line.
On instagram I would make these networking posts where I would open up my comments and give people the opportunity to basically make a personals ad, where they share about who they are and what type of connections they’re looking for, and then people would go through the comments and contact each other and make connections that way. It’s been very successful. This is my very first networking post on substack and if it goes well, I’ll make it a semi-regular thing. This way, we can keep the community and connection building aspect alive, without succumbing to the parasitical instagram gods. Thanks for being here for this experiment.
How it works: Leave a comment below. Anyone can comment regardless of if you have a free or paid subscription. Tell us a bit about yourself: what are your interests? your values? where are you located? what kinds of connections are you looking for (friends, dating, organizing, collaborating, professional, whatever…)? are you looking for local connections or online or both? It can be as long or as short as you want. Be sure to include contact info: an email address, or, if you must, your ig or other social media handle, so that people can contact you. Then, go through the existing comments and contact anyone who seems interesting to you.
Precautions and boundaries: If someone reaches out and you’re not interested, you are under no obligation to reply. Don’t take it personally if someone doesn’t reply. We all get to choose which connections we feel like pursuing. Also, just because you meet someone here does not immediately make them trust worthy. Trust must be developed over time, so use your discretion and get to know people. Cancelled4cancelled trauma bonding can sometimes lead to too much trust too soon, so take your time. If you choose to meet in person, it’s always a good idea to meet in public the first time.
Comments are open! Enjoy and have fun!
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Clementine Morrigan is a writer and public intellectual based in Montréal, Canada. She writes popular and controversial essays about culture, politics, ethics, relationships, sexuality, and trauma. A passionate believer in independent media, she’s been making zines since the year 2000 and is the author of several books. She’s known for her iconic white-text-on-a-black-background mini-essays on Instagram. One of the leading voices on the Canadian Left and one half of the Fucking Cancelled podcast, Clementine is an outspoken critic of cancel culture and a proponent of building solidarity across difference. She is a socialist, a feminist, and a vegan for the animals and the earth.