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New Feature Addition · World management · Created by WantedHero
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What functionality is missing? What is unsatisfying with the current situation?

Anvillites are already using Substack as a flagship for their worlds. This number is growing.
  I am requesting a Substack link option be added to our WA profiles, like Ko-Fi, to complete the connection between the two platforms. I am also requesting the substack icon to be displayed on every world page (again, like the ko-fi button).
  WorldAnvil lacks the tools to personally and directly connect with readers in real time. It also struggles to provide discoverability beyond ordinary sharing to other social media platforms. It’s not working for most of us. If you’re not popular on the social media platforms, what good does it do to share what no one is looking for?  

How does this feature request address the current situation?

Substack is providing an ‘organic’ way for:
  1. Our worlds to be discovered,
  2. Personally connect with readers in real time, so we can
  3. Bring them to our worlds on WA.
I have personally been using and publishing on substack five days a week for a year, branding my WA world and continue to have success in being discovered.

Organic, in this context, specifically means "functioning without having to exert extra efforts outside our normal day-to-day functions as writers".   This feature request does NOT change the current functionality of substack/WA or how they’re being used. This feature request WILL ADD to the growing success, by solidifying the connection, as with any other social media platform we already connect to (currently: Nanowrimo, Twitter/X, FB, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Deviantart, YouTube, Steam, Twitch, Instagram, KOFI, Patreon, Mastodon, & Bluesky).   Creating a button/link will allow us to make further/deeper/more personal connection with readers, centered around our WA worlds.  

What are other uses for this feature request?

A substack button to link platforms will create more connections between writers and readers on the WA side. WorldAnvil is my creative home. I believe this is critical to understand, so the weight of this request and the perspective in which it is made can be felt by every other writer and creative using the WA platform.


I moved my whole professional writing/illustration business to this platform in 2019 and have made a living here ever since. I believe WA to be THE best platform to build and share our stories, and to monetize them (or not)…at our good will and pleasure.   Sadly, WA does not have the personal connectivity features to build a community inside a single world. There are comments, yes. There are notifications, yes. There are also "likes" and message boards. These do not allow for real-time interactions.   Substack is, IMO, a ‘helpmate’ to WA, superior in its own fashion, streamlining the process of connecting with readers. I believe that as the popularity of substack grows, which it will, the icon symbol will be used more in our own WA community. It will be a way for those looking for new worlds and materials, can reach out and interact with writers in ways WA cannot currently provide. I believe that will both build WA, and strengthen relationships on THIS platform. It has done so for me and those in this community who now follow my substack =).

The Team's Response

Thanks for the suggestion! This will be added.
Current score

50/300 Votes · +12506 points

Votes Cast

  • +100

    by Alishahr
    on 2024-06-27 14:20
  • +300

    by jylietz
    on 2024-06-25 21:26
  • +100

    by Jdebro
    on 2024-06-25 17:04
  • +300

    by Kaleidechse
    on 2024-06-25 15:17
  • +300

    by ecl1psed
    on 2024-06-24 08:32
  • +300

    by Myth-X
    on 2024-06-22 22:01
  • +1

    by DesNordlund
    on 2024-06-19 06:43
  • +300

    by A Rambunctious Orc
    on 2024-06-18 04:18
  • +300

    by World Smithy
    on 2024-06-17 03:58
  • +300

    by Jupiter Melichios
    on 2024-06-16 15:47
  • +1

    by LittleSister
    on 2024-06-16 14:39
  • +300

    by Blue Fairy 74
    on 2024-06-16 11:58
  • +300

    by Maz_Cat
    on 2024-06-15 20:19
  • +100

    by ivorygarcia
    on 2024-06-15 18:07
  • +300

    by Moonlight Bard
    on 2024-06-15 13:44
    I love this idea as much as I love how it was presented. Even if (especially because) it feels like Jaime read my diary and put it on blast with this as a solution to every problem I've been having with audience growth.
  • +300

    by Amancham
    on 2024-06-15 09:21
    Very well-written and detailed suggestion. I probably won't ever use it myself, for various reasons, but I see how this would be great for a lot of people. Therefore: Take my points!
  • +300

    by cedes
    on 2024-06-15 03:08
  • +300

    by tlcassis
    on 2024-06-14 23:26
  • +1

    by A Uncontrollable Ooze
    on 2024-06-14 20:03
  • +300

    by Nulcheck
    on 2024-06-14 15:56
  • +300

    by shyredfox
    on 2024-06-14 00:57
  • +300

    by Kat Chiron
    on 2024-06-13 10:32
  • +300

    by TinkerTech
    on 2024-06-13 02:27
    I'm personally terrified of having to start up with Yet Another System that I'd have to learn/maintain, but I'm all for supporting others!
  • +300

    by eccbooks
    on 2024-06-12 22:25
  • +1

    by A Beloved Mimic
    on 2024-06-12 20:27
  • +300

    by Dazzlinkat
    on 2024-06-12 17:54
    This would be fantastic
  • +300

    by oaster2000
    on 2024-06-12 15:51
  • +1

    by A Frightened Mlem
    on 2024-06-12 12:20
  • +300

    by Wordigirl
    on 2024-06-12 09:46
    All the connections possible are awesome. Thanks for suggesting! God bless. <3
  • +300

    by Chrispy_0
    on 2024-06-12 01:22
  • +300

    by Dragonquillca
    on 2024-06-12 00:40
    I second this request!!
  • +100

    by Ratha
    on 2024-06-11 22:28
  • +300

    by Davina
    on 2024-06-11 21:30
    I absolutely support this, especially since we already have ko-fi, patreon etc on here!
  • +300

    by PenLindsay
    on 2024-06-11 21:17
  • +300

    by Victoria Bley
    on 2024-06-11 21:03
    One hundred percent what Jaime said. Thanks, Jaime, for suggesting this crucial feature.
  • +300

    by Lnphysics
    on 2024-06-11 20:54
  • +300

    by strixxline
    on 2024-06-11 20:15
    Always in support of more integrations that can help our writers thrive!
  • +300

    by JoellaKay
    on 2024-06-11 19:59
  • +300

    by RiverFang
    on 2024-06-11 19:43
  • +300

    by SoulLink
    on 2024-06-11 19:28
  • +300

    by Incaseofgrace
    on 2024-06-11 18:53
  • +300

    by Ademal
    on 2024-06-11 18:45
  • +300

    by Graylion
    on 2024-06-11 18:25
  • +100

    by Mochimanoban
    on 2024-06-11 18:18
  • +300

    by Tris
    on 2024-06-11 18:10
  • +300

    by Kummer Wolfe
    on 2024-06-11 18:08
    Yes, please. I have a substack here: where I've connected links back to World Anvil worlds and reference World Anvil twice a week. Having Substack from World Anvil back to my Substack would complete the connectivity for my readers. Especially since I'm working to get an RPG made and published.
  • +1

    by Buzzard
    on 2024-06-11 18:00
  • +300

    by deleyna
    on 2024-06-11 17:53
    More and more people are going this direction and it works well to connect with WA. Substack can handle some of the heavy lifting of reader engagement while World Anvil avoids having to do the pinging to get people to return.
  • +300

    by HunterChristmas1247
    on 2024-06-11 17:42
  • +300

    by beebidon
    on 2024-06-11 17:41
  • +300

    by WantedHero
    on 2024-06-11 17:34