TSR is approaching the one-year mark.
As most of you probably already know, I write one long-form actionable historical essay every Thursday the The Strategic Review. I'm closing in on the one-year date of restarting TSR (last December), and there's been a really marvelous reception to TSR.
In fact, I've done almost no promotion, and TSR has net-gained in subscribers (more new people joining than unsubscribing) in 46 out of the 49 weeks TSR has been out there. That's nearly 100% word of mouth. I'm very, very grateful that everyone recommends TSR.
Some reader feedback to Dubious Battle #1: Faith vs Works
It's really a privilege to get unsolicited reader feedback like this --
"Hi Sebastian, I've been following your work for a long time, and although I enjoyed the young-nietzschean vibe of the early days (I wasn't far from it myself), your articles in the TSR are really a cut above. They're interesting, informed, and useful -- and of a style that I can't compare to anything else I read. Thanks for putting these together and sharing them."
"Magnificent. Excellent words to build great thoughts upon"
"Sebastian, I'm really looking forward to this series! Thanks for continually and consistently putting out such great content. Beyond the message contained in the text of these essays, the subtext of these high quality articles coming to my inbox like clockwork every week is the message that it is possible to develop good habits, to perform consistently, to be self-motivated, and to contribute something meaningful the world."
Just wanted you to know that every week i really look forward to a new part of the TSR series. Keep up the good work!"
"Wow, wow,wow...take a bow for you Sebastian. I subscribed from 5th issue of Vantages and enjoyed each one of them. Moreover, I bought and read three of your books Ikigai, Progression and Gateless - each of them are so so useful for me. From my reading of hundreds of books, I have never come across any author who can match the range and depth of your writing- inspiration from most lofty thoughts to immediately implementable ideas- all in a single page!"
Why I Typically Don't Publish TSR Essays Online
In case you missed it, I'm posting Dubious Battle #1: Faith vs Works below here.
I get asked somewhat regularly if these essays are online.
The answer: no, they're not.
I edited and published the first three series in Progression, and I'll put out another compilation book once Dubious Battle is completed.
But the reason I don't put them up online for the general internet is because I like to take on very deep, challenging topics. These aren't designed to be provactive, but when you're writing on challenging things, they can wind up being exactly that.
I prefer the intimacy of having people who want to read TSR get it, and letting things spread through word of mouth. It also means I don't get sucked into writing "safe" essays that I know will produce potentially good traffic or go viral. I'm very content to have my pieces read by less people, who really want to read them and follow along the arcs of the various series we do, either through subscribing for free by email, or picking them up in total as a compilation like Progression at the end of a series arc.
I'm putting up the first essay for Dubious Battle here on the off chance you read this blog but don't subscribe to TSR (you might want to get a free subscription here, TSR comes out every Thursday).
To be honest, I was a little worried when I wrote this piece -- it's such a murky and ambiguous concept, I wasn't sure how well-received it would be. But I got an overwhelming reader response, and I thought putting the first essay of the series up would be a good time for new readers to jump into TSR.
Next week's piece, Ordinal and Cardinal Inclinations, comes out Thursday December 1st, so join up before then if you want to follow along with the rest of the Dubious Battle series.
Ok, here's Dubious Battle #1: Faith vs Works --
Edit, 28 Nov: Turns out, the piece's formatting breaks when put into here -- it doesn't look as good.
You can read Dubious Battle #1: Faith vs Works by clicking here. I hope you enjoy it, and hope to see you at TSR.
Progression: Yours free on Amazon
Hello blog reader!
Obviously, most of my writing these days happens at thestrategicreview.net -- but on the off chance you're not subscribed there, I wanted to let you know that Progression is out today, and is free for 72 hours.
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