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Sebastian Greger


Robin Rendle explores his love for email newsletters vs. his preference for publishing on the web (accessibility warning: scrolljacking; try “Reader view” in your browser).

The piece is really worth reading in its entirety, but two slides about half way summarize the key points:

Newsletters killed blogs because…

  • They’re impossibly easy to publish.
  • Your inbox is a notification stream.
  • Writers can actually, ya know, get paid.

Alternatively, websites today…

  • Are difficult to make.
  • Can’t notify people of new work.
  • Aren’t able to pay writers easily.

I, too, have been fascinated by personal newsletters (not the marketing crap) for a long time, both as reader and author. And I just as much would hope we could solve those problems – first and foremost the notification/subscription challenge.

I'm Sebastian, Sociologist and Interaction Designer. This journal is mostly about bringing toge­ther social science and design for inclusive, privacy-focused, and sustainable "human-first" digital strategies. I also tend to a "digital garden" with carefully curated resources.

My occasionally sent email newsletter has all of the above, and there is of course also an RSS feed or my Mastodon/Fediverse profile.