Since launching the weekly newsletter almost two years ago, I’ve been getting great comments praising the curation, mix of topics, and the connections I make between them. A common question is “how do you do it?” It’s pretty simple; I love the process, the discovery, and the connections. It’s also the best way I’ve found to stay “top of mind” for
hundreds thousands of people, some of whom then turn to me for Though Partnership. Even so, it takes a lot of time to produce and it doesn’t make sense every week to spend that many hours on something I give for free.
To reduce the gap between time and revenu, a few months ago I added the option of becoming a patron. You hit subscribe below, either yearly or monthly, and that money helps close that gap a bit. It’s an old school model (hello Renaissance and roughly all of history) but it’s also a pretty trendy way of supporting publications you enjoy.
Like Jason Kottke, Tim Carmody, and others are doing, I’m operating under the idea of “unlocked commons” which means no paywall, no exclusives. The newsletter stays the same, will have the same breadth of topics, same frequency, won’t be flooded with ads, and will remain free. As I said, Patrons help take some of the production pressure off while keeping the newsletter available to everyone.
TL;DR: If you get some value from Sentiers and feel like giving a hand to make it a bit more sustainable, I encourage you to come onboard as patron.
You can also support monthly for $3.
And if you’re feeling very generous, you can pitch in $60 for one year.
Sentiers goes out weekly, except for a couple of weeks off around the holidays, three weeks off in the summer, and one or two other exceptions during the year.
Payments / security
Payments and access are managed by Memberful, which is part of Patreon. They’ve been around for a while and excellent newsletters and websites like Stratechery, Kottke.org, The New Consumer, and Craig Mod’s Explorers Club use the same platform. Credit card payments go through Stripe. I don’t have access to any of your credit card information, other than transaction confirmations.
Issues of the newsletter are sent using Mailchimp. Google tracking is disabled in my Mailchimp account, although I do use their in-house tracking to get a bit of information concerning open and click rates, which helps me figure out what works.
And of course, if you have questions, comments, or critiques, don’t hesitate to contact me.