You know that feeling like the world is trying to tell you something? I'm getting that now.
Following on from my ruminations about newsletters I received an email from an old friend whom I haven't talked to in a couple of years. They were announcing a reboot of their own newsletter, the email list to which I remain subscribed despite an extended silence.
He says the new project will cover a number of topics like food, ADHD, even being a grandparent; to me that just sounds like a newsletter about life.
And that's fine by me, more than fine.
As I have said before, the way I approach the web now (and still want to get better at) is reducing the number of people I interact with but doing so on a far more personal level, getting to know the person behind the words, behind the screen.
It may, therefore, seem crazy to want to write a newsletter of my own, broadcasting rather than being direct, when what I crave is personal connection - an individual message for each person.
The thing is, I don't actually want to start a newsletter - I want to start a personal missive, an expression of self beyond the blog that others may be able to connect to, relate to, build one-to-one relationships around. The email I received earlier really re-emphasised that for me.
Let's face it, a newsletter style mail is actually less "broadcasty" than a blog post which is out there in public, you have to sign up to receive it so there's already a sense of willingness and connection.
I won't be in a position to build the rest of the pieces until at least next week so will have more time to mull this over, digest it and see if it's definitely something I want to do and what form or frequency it should take. I put so much on the blog that it's often hard to see what extra value a separate missive might provide or what I could do differently to justify it.
There are so many newsletters that summarise the author's recent blog posts and give a few interesting links so I don't want to follow the same format; I want to do something different, something more intimate. No doubt, reflection on recent posts (or the thinking behind them) will come into play but there has to be more than that for it to be worth the effort - both to publish and to read.