1. Hello from the no place
Over the past several months, I’ve been spending a lot of time (re: too much time) thinking about how I interact with people online. More and more, every experience I have with it online is not really conducive or useful or helpful or healthy.
At the same time, I’ve seen creators I like — Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, etc. — take a step away from using Twitter and opting out of those interactions. Howard put it better than I can:
I, like many of us, am Tired of Twitter. Frankly, I sought a less noisy way to keep up with writers I liked, and found myself looking forward to the newsletters I liked. Hopefully you can look forward to this one like I look forward to those.
So, going forward, I’ll be promoting work via here. Once a week, I’ll be sending out an email with everything I’ve done in the past week at places like Dime, Locked on Cavs and Fear The Sword and offer some teases as to what’s to come in the near future. There may also, from time to time, be short essays, links to things I’ve like reading/watching/listening to in the last week.
I also do not have the luxury of just opting out of Twitter entirely. It remains a place I have to exist on if I want to do what I’m doing in sports writing and have anyone read or listen or watch. So you will see Tweets from my account going out promoting my work. But it’s not going to be something I’m actively checking for the foreseeable future. It’s just not worth my time and energy when I could be reading or working out or doing anything else that actually makes me happy.
There’s also just more I want to do than the time I spend on Twitter every day. That website is a portal to time wasting and taking on vibes I don’t really need.
Thanks to anyone who has opted in to follow along here — it means the world to me when people consume my work and actually engage with it and aren’t assholes about it even if they disagree. Talk soon.