I thought about it. For a long time. Everyone else seemed to be getting one, and I noticed that the best newsletters had become a bigger source of attention than the journalists’ actual work (whatever actual work is these days).
I toyed with the idea of doing an AM briefing newsletter for the UK to wake up to, given that’s my primary audience. I also considered a newsletter that would take in global tech stories that the US-focused tech press is ignoring – something I thought was sorely needed. I still do.
But good newsletters are regular. Daily, really. And the reality is that being the sole correspondent for the BBC in San Francisco brings with it some unexpected routine changes, like suddenly finding yourself flying to the scene of a mass shooting, or wildfire.
Newsletters also work best when catering to a niche. Casey Newton on social media, for example, or the brilliant MIT AI newsletter. I don’t have a specialism more narrow than tech, a journalistic beat that grows absurdly every day.
So that’s why I don’t have a newsletter.
But I do now have this. A blog. It’s no longer 2005, I realise, but I couldn’t think of anything better for what I hope this effort will be: something half way between a tweet and my day job.
This will be a stream of things I’m reading, pondering, laughing at or sharing. It will be a space for follow-ups, statistics, quotes and, I predict, nonsense.