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colinwalker
colinwalker
I've long toyed with the idea of writing a newsletter, I even announced that one was "coming soon" back in 2011 but it fell through. The idea still appeals to me but I have the same problem now that I did then: what to make it about? As so much of what I write appears on the b... colinwalker.blog
elliot
elliot

@colinwalker I have subscribed to, and subsequently unsubscribed from, a lot of newsletters over the years. I find that the one's I'm left with (probably about 5) are the one's that serve a clear purpose, provide clear value, and that I can be in-and-out of very quickly.

For what it's worth, I don't think the inbox is where interesting and thoughtful content belongs. That sort of writing belongs on the open web, where it can be indexed and enjoyed by anyone who stumbles upon it at any time, not just those who were in the right place at the right time.

I'll now contradict myself to some extent by saying that I've developed a similar unscratched itch try podcasting over recent years.

colinwalker
colinwalker

@elliot It's a hard one to gauge. While I’m normally in favour of having everything on the open web I think there are times when truly owning, and maybe gating, your work has its place. Saying that, if I do start one the archive will be publicly available.

johnjohnston
johnjohnston

@colinwalker I read a few newsletters. When I see a new interesting one, my first though is where is the feed. If I find a feed I prefer to sub to that. Not so much cause of the openness but I am not sure I like news in my mail?

tibz
tibz

@elliot curious about you and podcasting :) ?

colinwalker
colinwalker

@johnjohnston Thanks for the thoughts John. I’m still very much undecided.

elliot
elliot

@tibz Not much to tell really. I enjoyed the few screencasts I did earlier this year but haven't recorded one in months. Haven't done anything at all with podcasting yet, it's just something I've had an itch to try for a while ¯_(ツ)_/¯

tibz
tibz

@elliot happy to help if you need anything!

elliot
elliot

@tibz Cheers! I don't expect I'll be scratching that particular itch any time soon though. When it comes to podcasting I face the same question as @colinwalker does with his newsletter: "what to make it about?"

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elliot
elliot

@colinwalker I public archive is definitely a step in the right direction. It's something of a rarity in my experience though.

tibz
tibz

@elliot I’ve been intrigued about the friendly-discussion format between 2 hosts — I find that these are the ones I enjoy a lot due to the different personalities you listen to :)

elliot
elliot

@tibz Got any examples?

tibz
tibz

@elliot Out of english/tech : Riviera Detente (comedy), Studio 404 (tech/society French), After Hate (pop culture)