I’m still brainstorming what exactly I want clippings to be, and of course they’ll evolve over time, but my current intention is: send a newsletter every 1-3 months with a selection of stuff I’ve written since the last one, plus anything interesting I’ve read and whatever else is on my mind.
Or maybe I’ll stick to sending a clipping every month. That’s one of a laundry list of open questions I’m jotting down below.
- Is "clipping" a good metaphor name? Should I just call it a newsletter?
- Should I set a rigid once-per-month cadence? Or just clip one whenever I feel like it?
- Should the title include a number? E.g. #1 January 2024. It could be fun to have a count, and it adds accountability
- Should the title be the month and year? Or something descriptive about what I wrote that month?
- Would titling by month be odd if there isn’t one per month?
- Should the URL path be the month and year? Should it include the #?
- Should I say "Hello, [name]" to start? I did include first name in signup, and idk what else I’d use it for
- Are bullet points or paragraphs of things I’ve written that month better? Or numbered lists?
- Are brief action verb hyperlinks or full titles better? E.g. "I wrote about thinking small..." versus "Think small: I wrote about..."
My reader experience
I’ve been pretty into newsletters since college when I first subscribed to Morning Brew (I even became a campus rep lol), although I’ve definitely been through alternating phases of signing up for an overwhelming number then purging. These days I maintain zero email inbox, so I tend to be pretty aware when I don’t actually want to read some newsletter and it’s time to unsubscribe.
I also like RSS and wish it was more widely used. I don’t have a set routine yet—I just kinda pop open feedly when I think of it. I’ve also played around with RSS-to-email using val.town. So I’m still meandering into my long-term RSS habit.
The nice thing is that I can draw inspiration from other newsletters. Over the years I’ve naturally picked up on stuff I like and don’t like, and now my antenna is up for tactics I can borrow.
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