This is the third iteration of the Sentiers website, which presents the weekly mewsletter but is also an evolving portrait of what’s going on in both my writing and work. You can have a look at the homepage for a better idea of the types of ideas one can find in the weekly and other writings. At its core, the newsletter is the central output of what I’d like to become a more diverse “streaming publication.” Currently, you can find:
- The archive of every issue of the newsletter.
- The “library” which is something like a digital garden and consists of an interlinked repository of every piece of every newsletter issue. Under the current format, there are usually 4-5 featured articles per issue and a section of short asides, each with an opinion / summary / synthesis I've written. In the library, each of these becomes a “note,” to which I add constantly, independently of what's in the weekly. The library was created thanks to Grant for the Web and helps support my work through web monetization.
- Dispatches to paid members are initially exclusive, and after a couple of months become open to everyone, a twist on the unlocked commons idea.
- As inspiration and time allows, there are also articles that make their way on the site.
As membership grows, I’d like to periodically transform this stream of content into zines and reports. Some quarterly publication reviewing or diving deeper into specific topics. Currently, I work on a rhythm of quarterly projects, supported by paid members. The first one was the library, the second is a podcast I’m collaborating on, and at the time of writing, the project for the third quarter of 2021 is to write more longform articles, most of which remains to be published.
Finally, I also use the research and learnings from my explorations to expand the thinking of clients by exposing them to more ideas, the connections between them, and how they might inform their strategy, products, and services.
About the author
I’m Patrick Tanguay, a generalist, synthesist, and curator of eclectic ideas here at Sentiers. I’ve long “suffered” from the habit of reading all the time and getting obsessed with certain topics. I’m on my fourth or fifth career, and for each I was self-taught, learning everything I could until I became the person who’s “generally in the know about stuff.”
Sentiers and the work I do with clients are how I reconcile these habits and the endless knowledge found online: sharing with everyone through the newsletter and focused on specific needs and goals when collaborating with clients.
To read more about my current thinking, you can have a look at the articles page, I still sporadically blog on my personal site, and of course the archive of the weekly newsletter as well as the unlocked member’s Dispatches.
Previously I was a web developer for 15 plus years, co-founded the first coworking space in Montréal, Station C, and co-initiated the critically acclaimed print magazine The Alpine Review. Over the years I also helped start a number of groups bringing people and ideas together: The Awesome Foundation Montréal, Webcamp, Creative Mornings Montréal, and Hacks/Hackers Montréal. Back in the day I was steward of the oldest and longest running blogger meetup, Yulblog.
The Sentiers website is built with the pretty fantastic Eleventy, a file-based site generator which publishes the site based on notes I’ve taken in Markdwon in the no less fantastic Obsidian. I also still use Bear quite a bit for some writing.
The site design is based on a theme by Anders Norén who was nice enough to make it available under an MIT Licence, the identity (brand) was created by Marie-Claude Doyon / Double page. The typefaces are Lora and Source Sans Pro, both served through Google Fonts.
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