I'm going to make this newsletter public. Reasons:
- As best I can tell, most of my sponsors don't much care about the newsletter itself and just want to support writing/coding. Some don't even know it exists because github kinda buries the checkbox.
- I'm trying to orient my own consumption towards deliberate explorations of specific subjects rather than the froth of daily news. It seems hypocritical to then be offering infotainment as an incentive.
- The blog format of scattered-thoughts.net incentivizes append-only writing. For a long while I've wanted to instead split it into two sections: long-lived articles that I expand and update over time, and a devlog/changelog for more transient information. But I've held off because the contents of the devlog would overlap so much with this newsletter.
I expect that future updates will contain fewer random links and more half-formed thoughts and work-in-progress. If you were only here for the infotainment and don't want to sponsor me anymore - no hard feelings.
But I think in the long run this will lead to better work, especially as I focus on shipping actual usable demos this year. Reading less froth will also leave me with more time to fit in smaller projects, and I've no shortage of ideas for those:
> wc ideas.md 1479 4740 31864 ideas.md
As a reminder, new office hours slots appear automatically every Friday, two weeks in advance. They are still filling up quickly but I expect demand to die down over time. If not, maybe I'll make some sponsors-only slots.