A Country Doctor Writes is Now Also on Substack


There’s an alternative blog/essay/newsletter platform out there called Substack, where writers post their work and have the option to ask for monthly or yearly subscription fees. The participating writers are categorized by topic. My writing is in the category “Health & Wellness” and also in “Literature” (perhaps a pretentious word for personal essays). This creates the possibility that people interested in medical topics would find me more easily on that large platform than on my own little website in one small corner of the Internet.

I am mostly interested in growing my readership. I make good money as a physician. The format I am honing for my Substack blog/newsletter is a little bit like the now retired A Country Doctor Reads. What feels logical and comfortable to me is a three part post/newsletter format with a mention/quote and link to an outside article, my personal/practice experience (similar to a column I used to read early in my career, called “Diary from a week in practice”), and something I have written on the topic in one of my previous almost 1,000 blog posts.

People may choose to support me but I don’t need the money unless/until I’m unable to continue working at the pace I currently maintain. But I will be 70 this summer so I’m obviously thinking that I may be able to write longer than I can practice medicine.

Because of the format I am developing, I think this will be an opportunity for the most regular and loyal readers of this blog to see behind the curtain, what made me write a certain piece – the backstory, if you will.

And readers of my Substack pieces may click the link and visit this blog/website, which I have nurtured since 2008.

There is a free app to download, a free sign-in and I’m not requiring anybody to pay a penny at this point for reading my stuff. I just love to write about what I do.

8 Responses to “A Country Doctor Writes is Now Also on Substack”

  1. 1 OlRedHair February 18, 2023 at 9:04 am

    I will definitely subscribe! Is a retired physician, I thoroughly enjoy your writing.

  2. 2 Keith MacLellan February 18, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Will do.

    But can you provide a Substack link?

    Keith MacLellan

  3. 4 msdonnarl February 18, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Please, need a link to the substack page

  4. 6 Elizabeth February 18, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Can you provide a link. I have Substack Ap but cannot locate your new blog

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