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Jul 24, 2019 14:27:49

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by @abrahamKim PATRON | 539 words | 40šŸ”„ | 337šŸ’Œ

Sir Abe

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Brian and I have been ideating how to foster new and strengthen existing 200W relationships. An idea we're putting into motion leverages the already existing desires:

  • The desire to be read,
  • The desire to read.
  • The longing for engaging in shared discourse. 

Once in awhile I notice an explosion of discourse, the most popular topic to spark such relating to this website, streaks, and what it means to one's life. Initially, this annoyed me, because I found it silly for people to fixate on meta analysis of writing on 200W rather than simply writing on here, but after watching for sometime, I realized that it wasn't the topic that was important. 

I stopped seeing the topic and began noticing the underlying force. A desire to connect. And I think what helps connect us on here the most is a shared discourse... a shared topic/idea that each of us offers a perspective to. But it's difficult to come together organically on a topic or iea, because there are so many of us writing daily. So it's unlikely for all of us to be reading the same things.

You can have anything you want, but not everything. 

- A lot of people said the above.

The largest barriers to the above also comes out of this site's strength: a blossoming community of writers. And as writers, we strive to create deep rather than shallow content that requires deep work also on part of the reader. It's easier to scroll around other online communities than it is 200W posts.

So based on the impossibility of everyone reading each and every post while trying to design for our desire to engage, Brian and I decided to begin a Email Newsletter that will work in the form of a literary magazine. A piece of writing that arrives in your inbox at a reliable time. And for the writer, a platform where you know your writing will be read.

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So far what we are thinking of having is a roster of writers who would want to have their work 'spotlighted/featured'. And everyone on this email list would receive a email -- we're thinking once a week -- with a post from that featured writer. This way we have at least one post a week that we know that a large part of the community read.

We think that this will increase both conversations spun off by featured posts, and at the same time lead to an increased desire to write something extra special when you know you're spotlight is coming up.

TLDR: We're basically leveraging the idea of a literary magazine, but turning it into an email list.

Email [email protected] if you are interested... In the email you can say whether you are interested in joining as a 'reader' or a 'reader/writer'.

@jasonleow

@basilesamel

@valentino

@brandonwilson

@knight

@Arcticloon

@zyumbik

@lucjah

@philh

@keni

@dontheideaguy

@hiro

@santhoshguru

@seunoyebode

@efran

@juliasaxena

@hum

@Rawhead

@danielmiller

@keenencharles

@monolesan

@sarasilva

@5plus6

@chacha

@rosieodsey

@haideralmosawi

@itsabhinaya

@chrisdeuda

@twizzle

@craigpetterson

@jacklyons

@chika46

@gabrielgreco

@phaidenbauer

@timsubiaco

@berkan

@piglet

@ademervi

@ngoctran

@Dandelion

@flowerful

If I missed you, it's cause the tagging system on this site is not optimized haha.

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    @abrahamKim this is a great idea and Iā€™m up for it :).

     avatar | Jul 25, 2019 23:35:25
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      @Dandelion

      Great. Did you send an email to [email protected] ?

      He got an email from a person we didn't know by name and so was wondering if that was you. haha

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 26, 2019 14:29:32
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    @abrahamKim interesting idea I'd love to participate. I think you're right about the desire to connect.

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Jul 24, 2019 17:30:50
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      @keenencharles

      Definitely. Gushey human connection is everything... all else is abstractions layered on top.

      So you wanna read? Or read and be featured as a writer?

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 26, 2019 14:37:32
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      @abrahamKim I'd like to be featured too. Sounds like fun!

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Jul 26, 2019 12:41:31
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    @abrahamKim Nice idea!

    Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Jul 24, 2019 22:56:45
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    @abrahamKim when i first joined there used to be a prompt in the left corner saying "topic of the week" .... what happened to that @basilesamel? I found that a really great tool for starting a discussion and interacting with others.

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jul 24, 2019 13:37:24
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      @abrahamKim @jacklyons yes it was, but then people stopped proposing new topic ideas and it disappeared :P I'll re-add it later. The new chat feature can be useful for that.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 25, 2019 06:49:47
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    @abrahamKim very cool, congrats guys!!

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Jul 24, 2019 19:40:59
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      @philh

      Are you interested in being a featured writer, Phil? Or would you just want to read?

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 26, 2019 14:38:10
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      @abrahamKim I'd be happy to do both :)

      PhilH avatar PhilH | Jul 26, 2019 22:27:43
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      @philh

      Sweet!

      Btw, did Lucjah want to as well? I never heard back from her and was swondering if that was because she's not interested or if she just needed more prodding? lol

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 27, 2019 13:41:11
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      @brianball @abrahamKim @philh
      Hi, I am sorry for not commenting up till now...
      I am all for reading though! A "call" to concentrate of one particular post and engage in an exchange with other readers seems great!
      Yet, writing and, as @dontheideaguy phrased it: "committing in a meaningful way", seems kinda scary, on the verge of impossible at the moment. (Well, almost all my last post talk about me flatlining...)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jul 27, 2019 22:16:35
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    @abrahamKim I can't say I'm in at once, there are many factors to consider.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 24, 2019 23:14:17
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      @5plus6

      We'll get back to you with more concrete reasons to join in the future? lol

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 26, 2019 14:42:13
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      @5plus6

      wow nevermind. I just read your email to Brian. Good to have you !

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 26, 2019 14:45:56
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    @abrahamKim Sounds good, and I am in for reading and writing (and making the tea (and eating all the biscuits)).
    Have you considered doing a "highlights of the week" type email?
    Another forum I am an infrequent member of does this, highlighting interesting or popular threads/topics. It never fails to bring me back to the forum to read the entire threads.
    Also, I will throw out another random idea I had the other day... "The 200WaD Podcast" where members are interviewed about writing, their goals etc. Could also be a written piece, but a podcast might be interesting?

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 24, 2019 15:39:31
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      @abrahamKim @twizzle That Podcast idea sounds really interesting.

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jul 25, 2019 09:08:25
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      @twizzle

      :) yay.

      would you want to get the feature in your email? or would you rather just be updated on here for features?

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 26, 2019 14:41:06
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      @twizzle @phaidenbauer

      Yes. I've now been thinking on this. Even as simple as recorded phone conversations discussing a feature.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 26, 2019 14:41:31
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      @abrahamKim Email would be best, it would bring me back to the site.

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jul 26, 2019 16:08:06
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      @twizzle I had this same thought in mind.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 27, 2019 13:42:44
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    @abrahamKim Sounds interesting. I'll shoot you an email :)

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jul 24, 2019 16:31:35
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    @abrahamKim - Awesome write up of the idea Sir Abe.
    This is exactly what we need.

    I feel Brian and you can make magic happen.
    Very very IN.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jul 24, 2019 10:30:56
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      @abrahamKim @keni

      I wanted to say this, But I felt Sir Abe would just go "here comes Seun again".

      I love this post. The writing is ....

      "You can have anything you want, but not everything.
      - A lot of people said the above."

      That part cracked me up.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 24, 2019 15:43:30
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    @abrahamKim Awesome idea! :D

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 24, 2019 15:43:09
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    @abrahamKim

    Brilliant idea.

    In.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 24, 2019 14:15:16
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    @abrahamKim cool idea, I'm interested in what it could turn out. And so I got some questions of sorts, should I send to Brian? :P such as, would you act like editors? Would it be free topic of the week for the featured writers? Is there some sense of "obligatory" to the writing such as "posts need to be public, or at least protected"?

    Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | Jul 24, 2019 08:58:33
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