I hope this message finds you well. I’m afraid I have bad news: Switch to iPad will cease to get regular updates about a month from now, mid-December. The site will remain online for the foreseeable future, but don’t expect any updates beyond this point. There are some member features that’ll go online after this, though, but no regular updates.
I don’t take this lightly, and this decision wasn’t my first course of action, either. Discussions and variations hasn’t yielded any sustainable way for me to carry on with Switch to iPad. I just don’t have the time anymore, with a book coming out next year and writing the sequel. That’s the gist of it, something had to give, and since I still need to, you know, pay bills and buy food, that means Switch to iPad has to go.
What does this mean for subscribers?
Firstly, I’ve disabled the yearly plan, but you can still sign up as a monthly subscriber. It’s my intention to wrap up my planned features, including the iPad office toolkit. While I haven’t decided on the format just yet, I’m leaning towards releasing these as ebooks, rather than newsletters, which will be free to download for paying subscribers. I’ll have more on this in the coming days and weeks, and there’ll be a few more member posts as well, on top of the ones already there.
All subscriptions will be canceled when the features are done and dusted. And, again, I won’t accept yearly subscriptions, as that’d be a bit disingenuous.
However, this might not be what you want from your subscription. If you’re a paying subscriber that would like to request a refund, please get in touch by emailing [email protected], and we’ll sort it out. (If you read this in your inbox, hitting reply works too.)
I’ll reach out to those of you with a lot of time left on your yearly plan when everything’s truly done and dusted.
Other than wrapping up the planned member features, and winding down Switch to iPad, I need to focus on my fiction writing. You might remember that I’m a writer, and I’ve hinted that I’ve got a fantasy novel out soon (in Swedish, mind you). I need to get a head start on the sequel, I’m already almost a year behind my schedule, so this is my priority. Writing fiction is what I enjoy the most, and now that I’ve finally gotten a foot in the door, I have to keep at it, obviously. My writing has taken a hit from projects like Switch to iPad which, while enjoyable and close to my heart, has made me lose focus a bit. It happens.
Looking beyond 2022, I don’t think I’ll be able not to write a little bit about technology, and how I use tools like the iPad. I experimented a bit with that, and the conjunction between life and technology, with Bored Horse, and I can certainly see that infrequent newsletter returning. If it does, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Aside from that, there’s a lot of work involved in writing books, outside of writing and editing, obviously. Marketing of all kinds will have to ramp up soon, and I’m ridiculously behind on this, too. It’s been stressing me out, as I’m sure you can imagine, so before anything else can happen, I need to get a grip on things.
Look, this is really hard to write. I’m sorry it ended up like this, with Switch to iPad. It really felt like moving away from Substack and taking control was a step in the right direction, and it certainly reinvigorated me and my efforts. I even figured out a way to speed up parts of the process, thus making some more time. It just wasn’t enough.
The next month or so will be the last with Switch to iPad. I intend to make it a memorable one, for me, and hopefully an interesting and resourceful one for you all, dear readers.
So, until next time, take care.
— Thord D. Hedengren ⚡
Want to talk? You can reach me on Twitter (for now, at least), and email me directly at tdh at tdh.se.