Trying

Alan Jacobs shares why he likes writing his newsletter each week (emphasis mine): Since I wrote that post I have started a newsletter, because a email newsletter is also a seasoned technology, and I wondered if I might be able to do some things with it that I can’t do with this blog. I’m still experimenting, still learning, still looking for what will make that project sing — but I am really enjoying it so far, and getting some lovely responses from people, and this morning I realized that one of the reasons I like doing the newsletter so…

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Oh God, it's raining newsletters

My favourite writer writing about email newsletters. This is the epitome of my reading experience. About the burgeoning popularity of the age old technology, Craig Mod has this to say: Newsletters and newsletter startups these days are like mushrooms in an open field after a good spring rain. I don’t know a single writer who isn’t newslettering or newsletter-curious, and for many, the newsletter is where they’re doing their finest public work.And while we often discuss this topic in terms of the readership experience, Craig shares a sharp ovbservation about creating a newsletter: Here’s another,…

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Newsletters are the new zines

Back to the topic of why newsletters are a good choice for writers. This piece by Simon Owens perfectly sums up my thoughts. In it, he opines that email newsletters are similar to the handmade zines of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. In contrast to carefully edited and displayed content of the web, newsletters are more haphazard: Many newsletters feature a hodgepodge of unrelated sections, images, and GIFs, and they take a distinctly informal tone in their writing.What makes this format work for both writer and reader? It could be that, like those within the zine community, newsletter readers…

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Back to The Weekly Review

It’s been exactly one year since I stopped writing my weekly newsletter, The Weekly Review. This time last year, I was neck deep in a new job that required far more than 40 hours per week. Writing a 1,500–2,000 word newsletter each and every week was not something I could sustain when my early mornings required catch up time from the day previous. This was a really hard move for me. I’ve loved writing since I started my first blog in 2008. But there was something special about the weekly routine. Whether it was the…

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Memberships, newsletters, and hot sauce

It's been just over a year since I added a support page to this site and made it possible for readers to become members. In return, members would receive updates on my personal projects and the site newsletter. It's pretty typical of site memberships — nothing radical. Why earn anything at all off writing? Anyone who has run a site consistently knows the time and effort involved. It's not mandatory — the content will still be published here. But if readers want to help out and feel the content is worth something, it's nice to have the option available. So for the…

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