Weekly Musings 015

Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

This time 'round, I'm going a bit meta: writing an essay about newsletters in this newsletter. Bet you didn't see that one coming! I hope this edition gets you thinking, not just about newsletters but online publishing in general.

With that out of the way, let's get to this week's essay.

On Newsletters

You might not know this, but Weekly Musings is my second kick at the newsletter can. The first time around, I burned out. It wasn't the newsletter — I kind of burned out with all the writing I was doing.

In the weeks leading up to the first edition of Weekly Musings (and just about every week since then), I pondered newsletters and why they're becoming popular again. And why newsletters seem to be, or at least are becoming, what blogging used to be.

One question that kept popping into my head was Why newsletters and not blogs or social media? As you know, I don't use social media any more and I don't believe that blogging is dead or dying. But I think that newsletters are a bit more vital than either blogs or social media. They're a bit more dynamic. Some would argue that they're a bit more relevant.

Newsletters are definitely more personal than blogs or, say, Twitter. They come to you, rather than you responding to a whistle and heading over to a blog or a tweet. Newsletters give you agency. You make the choice to subscribe or unsubscribe. If you do unsubscribe, the newsletter is gone. You can forget it. Even if you stop using social media or following a blog, they linger in your browser history or bookmarks, waiting to bubble up when you least expect them to.

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