Chris Hannah

2021: The Year of the Newsletter 🗞

Like everyone else nowadays, I’ve decided to delve into the medium that is the newsletter.

It’s a medium that has interested me for a while. I appreciate the direct connection between a writer and their audience, which I don’t feel you get from simply reading a blog. I can’t quite put it into words, but there’s a value to have peoples writing occasionally appear in your inbox. I think newsletters in general bring out the best of email. It feels as if someone has written out a long letter and personally delivered it to you.

I’m not sure if anyone feels the same way as myself about newsletters. But at least for my newsletter, I want to try and deliver something akin to a personal letter. I haven’t quite decided on the format yet. I’m currently thinking of a long-form story, with maybe a few extra pieces of news, but that may change.

The one thing I want to keep consistent is a focus on me writing to my audience, and not just treat this as a medium for advertising my projects or filling an issue with tons of links. That’s not to say link-based newsletters are bad, I subscribe to a few of them myself. But personally, I would rather share links directly on the blog, and write specifically for a newsletter.

The schedule I’m going with is monthly. That may seem a bit odd, since the most common seems to be weekly. But I think if I went that way, I would end up either rushing writing, missing weeks, and eventually becoming tired of writing it. This way, I hope I can build up some consistency, and get better at writing longer pieces.

The newsletter will be hosted here on the blog, and if you’re signed in, you will be able to see the issues on the website along with getting them delivered to your inbox.

I would like to say here that while this newsletter is starting off being free, it is an idea of mine to eventually either turn it into a paid newsletter, or at least have a paid option. But any option of that will be a while away, and any decisions will be posted on the blog.

If you like the sound of that, then please feel free to sign up to my newsletter. I will treat it as an honour to have access to your inbox.