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