Building a postal mailing list

I've decided to build a paper mailing list. For newsletters or whatever. There are many reasons.

1. I like paper mail, both sending and receiving. I just think it's fun.

2. Paper items such as money and mail were demonized as "dirty" during the pandemic and I take note of that and what it means. As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, postal mail is crucial to freedom of speech. Which leads to the next point...

3. I'm very tired of social media "fact checking", limiting, and pulling down content that goes against their "community standards." Clearly, I'm not a part of their community because their standards allow for some seriously nasty sexual or anti-religious stuff, but pull down information ought to be available for people to consider. I already personally archive much of what I read online, before it is pulled down, and so this is a piece of that approach. I've seen people, through social media pressure and cancel culture, have their hosts and service providers pull down websites, delete email mailing lists, delete social pages and profiles, and more. You can spend your whole life building something online and if the mob or the Community Standards shift away from you, you can lose it all.

I'm not important enough that I think I have vast amounts of online pull-down in my future, but I would simply like to set up a mailing list now for all of the reasons listed. Now's as good a time as any.

So, I created a place where I'm going to gather mailing addresses. Sign up here

I don't want your marketing information. I don't care about your demographics. I don't even need to know your name. I just want the mailing addresses of people who might appreciate mail such as newsletters (mostly) or just regular mail.

For clarification:
  • I'm not giving the list to anyone
  • I'm not going to send you junk mail telling you of every new thing I want to sell you or something like that (I don't even do that with my email list)
  • It would be for newsletters or a mini-magazine type thing
That's it.


UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1, 2020: I've sent out some emails to my email lists. The lists are actually quite large, which surprised me since I don't really use them or promote them heavily. Anyway, this is what I sent out:

There are probably hundreds of people on that list who joined from back when I worked in online marketing, so they maybe aren't that familiar with my writing outside of that realm. I suspect this might present a surprise to them, but that's OK. I just let folks know, and they can decide, unsubscribe, or whatever works best for them.