Although the blog is only a couple of months old (almost), I feel it’s a good time to share some new stuff coming to the site, as well as something I want to hopefully introduce at some point. It’s also about time I give some proper thanks to those that have been early supporters of the site.
The Write Analog Newsletter
I’m going to be starting a weekly newsletter in the relatively near future. You’ll now notice there is a signup form in the right sidebar of the site (go ahead, I’ll wait). Doing a newsletter is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile, and since I’m all about transparency, I thought I would write about my rationale for going the newsletter route.
I love link posts. Josh Ginter’s “Sunday Edition” posts at The Newsprint are an excellent example. To me, getting a curated list of links from someone who I enjoy reading is great. I know I don’t have time to peruse the entire internet, so link posts enable me to see some outstanding content I would otherwise miss. I also enjoy it, within reason, when link posts go “off topic”. This provides the reader another side of the writer, and if you’re a fan of that writer, I think that’s a good thing.
I also think email newsletters can be fantastic. The best example I can think of is Austin Kleon’s weekly email newsletter. Austin Kleon is an author of books (that I’ll proudly recommend with my Amazon affiliate link – Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work! and Newspaper Blackout), artist and public speaker. His newsletter consists of things he felt were worth sharing that week, so it’s a link post via email. The stuff he links to can be a little all over the map, but I usually find it fascinating. I’m a fan of his, and I feel like I learn a little more about him with each newsletter.
I think link posts are great, but I know if do them I will sometimes veer from the main topics of Write Analog. I have lots of interests outside of analog writing tools, and I want to be able to discuss or link to whatever seemed share-worthy to me that week. If you sign up for the newsletter, you’re accepting that I may go a little off the rails. Don’t get me wrong though, the majority of information in the newsletter will be of interest to a reader of this site. For the record, some of my other interests are (in no particular order): comic books, writing fiction, reading, science fiction, coffee, music, Legos, and. . . I could go on.
The newsletter may also contain more time sensitive information like news, deals I find (that honestly, may contain affiliate links), or contests/giveaways at other blogs.
Basically, the newsletter may contain pretty much anything.
I’m also thinking way, and I mean way, down the road. I can envision a day in the future where I have my own product to sell, or an online store that sells products of interest to readers of Write Analog. Wishful thinking? Heck yeah, but even the remotest possibility of that happening makes me want to be proactive. Having a list of readers with an interest in my specific niche that I can communicate with directly would be invaluable.
I promise not to spam you, or sell your address to the highest bidder. You’ll get a weekly email that I hope you enjoy, and I’ll also let subscribers know when there is new post up at the site.
The Monthly Giveaway
Giveaways and contests are exciting. I enter a bunch, and I’ve even won a couple. Winning something, whatever it’s value, is so cool. I’ve always wanted giveaways to be a part of Write Analog, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I’ve decided to do what they do at Office Supply Geek and have subscribers to the newsletter get an automatic entry for the monthly giveaway.
I’m going to try to make the products I give away related to the content I post on the site, but they will for sure be some sort of analog writing tool(s). I’ll post what the products to be given away will be early in the month, and I will post who the winner is at the end of the month. The first winner will be selected at the end of February, and I’ll be announcing what the first prize will be very soon.
For now, I will be providing the giveaway products from my personal collection or purchasing them with my (too) frequent orders to my favorite online retailers. For the time being, their value will be relatively modest, but I hope to see that change as the site grows.
The Manifesto at Zazzle
The Write Analog Manifesto from my first post seemed to get some positive feedback. You can freely download it here, but I wanted to offer a larger format to anyone interested. After some research, Zazzle seemed like a good company to partner with, but I’ve yet to purchase the product myself to verify the quality. The feedback I read about their posters seemed positive. Also, buying a larger version of the manifesto from Zazzle does provide me a small commission (10%) which would go towards web hosting, giveaway prizes, review products, or most likely, coffee stuff.
To order a larger version of The Write Analog Manifest at Zazzle, go here.
Interviews. . . Putting the Cart Before the Horse
Ok, this is me putting something out there before I really should. This is an idea I want to happen so much, I guess I think if I write about it, the proverbial ball will start rolling.
I love reading interviews. I love listening to interviews. A good interview is something special. I so want interviews to be a part of Write Analog. I already have a “wish list” of people I’d like to interview for the site.
The thing is though. . . besides consuming them, I have no experience. I’m not a video or podcast type of guy (I’ll never say never though), so I would like to do written interviews. More specifically, I’d prefer long-form interviews. Can I do a good interview via email? Is answering interview questions by responding to an email too much work for the interviewee? Is a good old-fashioned phone call the way to go? Skype? Do I just transcribe a conversation? I have no idea, but I’m working on it.
I realize this may not happen, so forgive me for thinking out loud on this one. I just love the idea so much.
Very Special Thanks
The online pen/pencil/paper community is so incredible. I’m floored by the support and positivity I’ve received since starting Write Analog. It’s just awesome. It’s an honor to be mentioned, or even noticed, by those I’ve learned so much from and looked up to for so long. To the folks listed below, I can’t thank you enough for giving Write Analog such a super start.
- Pencil Revolution
- The Cramped
- Well Appointed Desk
- Erasable Podcast
- Pens! Paper! Pencils!
- Gourmet Pens
- The Newsprint
- Office Supply Geek
- The Gentleman Stationer
- Pete Denison
My biggest “thank you” is to you though. Without readers, this blog would be nothing, and I wouldn’t have the motivation to keep creating content.