I do not intend to ditch the newsletters (this one, and the one sent via Substack), but I do intend to make my own platform the primary source for these publications soon. I have found that services like Substack, Revue, Anchor, and many others, are interesting within their implementation choices, but so often those choices are not the ones I would make, and if you have the facilities to assemble or perhaps design and build your own tools, workflows, and outcomes, I say Go For It!
To that end, I’m making a concerted effort now to take what I’ve learned about what works and what does not for things like blogging (remember that?), newsletters, social media, automation, and a few other things, to build into my own notion of a platform for engagement.
No, this is not about a vanity website from which to send newsletters (though that does appear to be one of the application goals… avoiding Facebook has been so nice that the thought of posting original content there is abhorrent to me at this point), but given some of the other “real” projects on deck for the near term, engagement tools are a non-trivial part and they should not be handed off wholesale to third parties, in my opinion. The capacity to compose and engage natively is paramount, with third party services secondary or backup.
This is yet another topic that you will read or hear more about, to be sure.