Independent Ukraine | Look How Far It Has Come
Dispatches from Kyiv (updated).
Email Newsletters | Goodbye to Mailchimp
I couldn’t take it any more.
Homage to QWERT YUIOP | Everyday Writing
On the pleasures and specific challenges of typing on a screen and on paper
Riots, Brooms and Giant Whales | WTCTW 1
My best-selling book, 10 years on. Part 1 of a series (click to read the rest)
Write To Change The World
A writer’s impact is for others to decide. We only determine our intention
For Creative Types Who Want To Be Better Writers
I’m writing a book on How To Write, and sharing my process as I go along
The Adventures of Addison and Steele, plus Google Analytics
On starting a new publication
A Recipe For Writing
Don’t try to be perfect
From Successful To Psychiatric Patient
Public speaking took me around the world. After a series of traumas, I had a breakdown – but large part of my recovery came from public speaking
Plus, Some Popular Essays From The Archive
The Men Fighting Florida’s Python Epidemic
An invasive species its its way through the Everglades
We Won’t Go: Three British bankers and Enron
“Even I thought I was guilty when I read it”
How Richard Gere Changed My Life
He wasn’t an easy person to interview
198 Ways To Seize Power, Without Anybody Getting Hurt
If Gene Sharp had his way, there would be no more fighting
Eat Meat To Save The Planet
…but not quite as much as you probably eat already
Chris Langham: I’m One Of The Lucky Ones
Interview with an actor, straight out of prison
Sian Berry, Leader of the Greens
Fashion shoot, no hair shirts
Can ‘Bad Kids’ Turn Good?
One London woman believes they can
Are You The Right Man For The Job?
Psychometric testing, and me
Soul For Sale
Who wants mine?
This archive is big, overwhelmingly big. I set up this site early in the millenium, when the newspapers I wrote for didn’t seem to be archiving my writing. (Hah!)
Starting in 2021, my plan is to work through it all, and share it in a new form – as well as writing things that are entirely new, for publication in my monthly newsletter, Everyday Writing. (That’s right: monthly, not every day.)
I’ve held back from doing this for a long time, because I’ve felt uncomfortable using Mailchimp, which doesn’t feel like a newsletter but a marketing machine. Every time I start writing something there, I find myself thinking of readers as consumers, targets of commercial messages. I hate that, and it puts me off publishing.
But recently I came across a newish newsletter platform, Buttondown1, which allows me to create several different newsletters (I’ve got one just for the best man at a wedding, to tie up with my book on public speaking), and feels very simple inside – really and truly designed for publishing, not selling stuff.
(Don’t get me wrong. I love selling stuff. I’ve sold a lot of my art2 in the year of pandemic. That gives me huge satisfaction. But when I’m writing, I don’t want to be selling.)
Why publish in a newsletter at all? Why not just post it here on my website? Well, I’m increasingly drawn to writing in a way that isn’t entirely public. Partly that’s for me: I don’t always want to share everything with everyone. But also for you, dear reader, because many people don’t leave comments or reply to something public, and I really like to hear from readers – from you. I like to incorporate your observations and queries in my next piece of work.
That’s more likely to happen if I send out my essays to you by email: you can reply if you want to without all the hoopla of public comments and tweets etc.
Naturally, I won’t mind if you don’t reply, or even read them. In fact, you’re entirely at liberty to unsubscribe, instantly. But the offer is there.
The archived newsletter will be available here on my site, but that’s what it will be – an archive, with no comments or ongoing debate.
Anyway, that’s my plan as of today (27 May 2021), but I daresay I’ll pop back in here to re-write this page as and when fresh ideas occur.
Thanks for reading.
2 I’m currently overhauling my art pages. Sorry about that.