I read the first one and I enjoyed it. I hope to see more writers going back to this route. As I said above, I am sick to death of social media in general, and Facebook in particular.
I have become convinced that Facebook is detrimental to us as individuals and as a society. Lord only knows how much our privacy is invaded there, and far too many people appear to have lost their dignity, their manners, and their damned minds at FB.
I told a few people that I was quitting Facebook, but Clara and I discussed it, and I decided to stay. There *are* things I enjoy seeing, and I can promote our local events there. Plus, some people have told me that they enjoy my "Reading in the Great Outdoors" updates.
I've unfollowed a ton of people. I accepted them as so-called Friends, but I don't really know them. I don't care what they are having for dinner, or about their political affiliations. I'm not going to buy their books.
To pull this back in to subject, I am enjoying the newsletters of authors like Janz, Keene, F. Paul Wilson, and some others. I think readers are more likely to read something in their inboxes rather than journey to a Blog, and too much stuff gets lost in Facebook.
I totally get you, Mark. I'm still on FB, but so much of what I see turns me off. Yeah, I know I don't have to look at it, but still. It's right there in front of me, and I'm a glutton for...well, you know.
Anyway, I'm really warming to the newsletter format. There's something very intimate and personal about it that you don't have at FB. And I love the voluntary feeling about it. People sign up if they're interested, and that means a lot to me because I absolutely hate to feel like I'm shoving my work down people's throats.
I'm also really comfortable with the once-a-month format of this for me. Brian is able to include great content every time he does it, but if I tried to do it that often, I think I'd end up viewing the newsletter as an obligation rather than a fun way to communicate and engage with readers. And if I viewed it that way, you can bet that readers would too.
Maybe one day I'll have enough to talk about to make a weekly or bi-weekly newsletter work. For now, I'll just pester people once a month.
I'm really digging Brian's newsletter, and now I'll sign up for Paul's. Honestly, I didn't know he had one!