Lately there has been a resurgence in interest in early internet online journals and diaries. I started a Livejournal in 2001 and boy is it difficult to read (I signed in for the first time in ages a couple weeks ago), but some people really have a nostalgia for that time. I have a hard time separating my high school experience from the “thing” of the online journal. Anyway, meandering through that nostalgia, I found out about Tinyletter, an email newsletter service, which people are using to send very personal correspondences. I really like this idea: The zine can be so time consuming and my fear for most humans makes it difficult to distribute them, especially to strangers. I will still make physical zines, but this is a great addition, I think. Less pressure, I guess, and I’m dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century (although this reminds me of early internet, too, my favourite). The online journal days were a lot different than how blogging works. With LJ, I never had someone in a conversation say, “I know, I read that on your blog.” There was more of a community and I didn’t feel so exposed. Anyway, we’ll see where this goes.
If you’d like, sign up for my tinyletter, Replacement Budgie. The letters won’t be more frequent than once a month.