It is 2018 and I’m going to try to post something here every day. Of course, 2018 may be a bad time to revive a blog, since the cool kids have apparently moved on to newsletters:
The appeal of a specific, engaged audience is also responsible for the return of community email. Newsletters distributed only through the “phone tree” friend-to-acquaintance-to-friendly-stranger model were wildly popular in the days of early email and early blogging, took a nearly two-decade break, then reappeared thanks to a Miranda July pet project, the buzzy 2012 email community Listserve, and most notably, the 2013 founding of TinyLetter. As part of a May 2017 New Yorker survey of the death of the public personal essay and the return of email newsletters, Awl alum Carrie Frye speculated that writers, and female writers in particular, have declared to themselves, “I’m going to make an Internet on which my essays go out in pneumatic tubes to just who I want them to go to, and no one else.” Newsletters are an easy a way to build that tiny, private audience away from the ugliness of the internet at large.
So if you want the ugliness of the internet at large, stay right here, but if you want Quality Content™ you should instead subscribe to these email newsletters: Erin Cook’s Dari Mulut ke Mulut, Anthony Agius’s The Sizzle, Osmond Chiu’s Agitate, Educate, Opine, and Sophie Benjamin’s The Monthly Missive.