All the New Toys

I like trying new things. That shouldn’t really be news. I mean, I’ve got an entire newsletter devoted to the idea and pursuit of learning new things, after all.

Speaking of, I’m hosting my newsletter on a site called SubStack. It’s new. I’m also attempting to make a little money by connecting that account to Stripe, which is a new service, and Ko-Fi, which is also new. You may have noticed one key word repeating itself there: new.

I’ve been doing some thinking about why I do this – and, before you get sucked any further into this post, I don’t have any concrete answers or conclusions – why I will, almost without fail, try a new service over an established one. Why not put my newsletter on MailChimp, connect to PayPal and Patreon and be done with it?

I don’t know. I wish I did. I suspect it’s got something to do with not wanting to join any club that would have me, something to do with being once bitten, twice shy, and something to do with just being generally contrary. But, the fact remains, I like trying the new services. Whenever I have an idea for something I want to try, I gravitate towards the latest, shiniest service and hope they won’t screw up whatever it is I see in them.

So far, I’m pretty happy with all three of these new services although, like always, there are some growing pains. SubStack is the one I’m most invested in, obviously, as they’re allowing me to build a product on their platform; I’m hoping they bring in a few key improvements soon, but I’m willing to give them some time to keep building.

In the meantime, I guess I’ll keep an eye out for the next new thing to try…

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