A couple of weeks ago I interviewed one of the original bloggers, Jason Kottke, who started in 1998. This week’s interview is the perfect complement, as she represents the new generation of online media. Cherie Hu is a twenty-something music journalist from Brooklyn who runs an email newsletter and podcast, and earns revenue from these activities via Patreon.Read More Cherie Hu, the new wave of new media
Jason Kottke launched his blog kottke.org in 1998. That’s right, back in the twentieth century. Seven years later, he went full-time as a blogger and it’s been his professional identity ever since.
What I find most remarkable about Kottke’s story is that he’s never stopped blogging. The blog as an online publishing format is deeply unfashionable now. It was usurped firstly by social media and more recently by email newsletters. Yet Kottke the blogger persists.Read More Jason Kottke, OG blogger
Ernie Smith runs a twice-a-week email newsletter called Tedium. Each edition of the newsletter takes a deep dive into what Smith calls “the dull side of the internet.” The topics tend to be eccentric, but surprisingly fascinating.Read More Tedium’s Ernie Smith: don’t rely on platforms