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The New Kottke Newsletter and Some Other Misc Things

posted by Jason Kottke Aug 16, 2023

Hey folks, a quick word. Newsletter. I've revamped it in recent weeks and now it's a digest of posts and Quick Links from the site, delivered to your inbox twice a week on Tuesday and Friday. It's free and you can subscribe here.

[Brief newsletter colophon interlude because I know people will be curious: I recently moved the newsletter from Mailchimp because it was too expensive, kinda janky for media-ish newsletters, and also they are owned by Intuit now. ๐Ÿ‘Ž I switched to Sendy, which is a locally installed program that sends mail through Amazon's SES.

If you're looking for a new home for your newsletter, Sendy might not be a good choice if you don't want to install software on a server, but I have heard great things about Buttondown and good things about beehiiv. Try to avoid Substack.]

Second thing, two words: Gift links. Online content is increasingly paywalled and even though kottke.org doesn't have a paywall (thanks to a generous membership for keeping it free and open for everyone!), I do link to things on sites that are paywalled. I wish I didn't need to, but that's how many media companies have chosen to pay quality writers, editors, artists, and photographers to produce excellent work these days. It can be easy to get around some of these paywalls โ€” by opening a link in private browsing mode, deleting the site's cookies, or using a site like 12ft, archive.org, or archive.is โ€” but it's a pain in the ass and doesn't work in all cases. While I cannot promise no paywalled links, I have been making a greater effort lately to use gift links when featuring stuff from the likes of the NY Times & Washington Post and finding alternate sources for news items โ€” the AP, Reuters, The Guardian, NPR, The Verge, Vox, Ars Technica, and several other media sites all publish quality content without paywalls and I am happy to link to them more often in appreciation. (And if I do use a paywalled link and you've got a gift link to spare, send it along and I'll replace it. Thx!)

Lastly, three words: Ask Me Anything. I know it's been awhile since I've answered any of the AMA questions, but I haven't forgotten about it and will get back to it soon.

P.S., four words: new thing coming soon. I love to underpromise and overdeliver so I generally don't tease things, but I have been beavering away on something new for the site for a few weeks now. The first iteration is getting close to the finish line and hopefully I'll be able to launch it towards the end of the month or in the first part of September. It's been fun to see it come together and I'm eager/anxious to see if it works once it's out there. But that's all you get for now. โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿค