Sometimes I email people.
Like, a lot of people at once. I do the “bcc” thing, and I hand pick the people who I think want to hear about something, and then I remember after I sent the email that I forgot a bunch of people. But it works well enough. Sometimes an email to a lot of people is the right medium for what we’re doing.
Then again, sometimes blog posts are the right medium. Or tweets. Or personal emails. Or facebook wall posts. Or text messages. Or (gasp!) a phone call (but let’s not talk about that). I try to stick to whatever medium is right (except when it’s a phone call, and then I’ll try to come up with something else, anything else, that will substitute. But again, let’s not talk about that).
When I send out a big email, it’s usually because:
- Someone sent me a really cool job or gig that doesn’t fit me very well, and I want to pass it on to other good people.
- I want to hire assistance for something, but I don’t really want the whole world to know about it.
- I want to tell people what’s changed recently in my consulting work, so they know what I’m a good fit for and what I’m not interested in.
- I want to tell the story of my consulting work — what I’m learning and doing and accomplishing and messing up along the way — without feeling totally public and naked about it.
- I want to talk about a new personal project I’m working on (usually relating to gender or sexuality or queer culture, or maybe creative writing) and see what people think before I make it public.
- I want to announce something I’m doing or hosting or organizing or traveling to (or whatever) to people I care about.
- I want to pass on information about something amazing that I care a lot about.
And… as you can probably tell from that list, these emails are starting to feel a little bit like having a newsletter… just, minus the “consent” part.
So let’s get consensual about this.
If you would like to be part of my inner circle of advisors, or if you want to hang out within catching range of the job/gig leads that I pass on, or if you find the neurotic journey of a consultant interesting, or if you think the stuff I do for the queer world is making a difference and you want to know about my next big thing before it happens, or if you’re just my friend who never gets to spend time with me and is looking for some insight into why I won’t answer my phone…
You can sign up to get emails from me here:
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After you hit “Submit” above, Google will probably email you to make sure you really meant to do that. Just tell Google, “Yeah, I did,” and then you’ll be done with it. (And if you have any problems, tell me.)
In exchange for your consent, interest, and trust, I vow to:
- …not send you things that feel impersonal or spammy. If I’m sending you something, it’s because I think it really, really matters, and I will tell you exactly why.
- …never ever ever sell/trade/share your email with others, or let anyone else hijack my list to use it for their own agenda.
- …not email you more often than I think is respectful. That’s subjective, I know. In reality, it will probably only once a month or so — maybe less. I’m not setting a schedule. If it starts getting more frequent than that, I’ll be extra careful.
- …keep it a one-way announcement list. This isn’t a big huge discussion group. If you respond, you’ll be writing directly to me, not to everybody.
- …never take it personally if you want to unsubscribe. In fact, I probably won’t even know. I don’t keep track of that stuff.
Past and current clients, friends, family members, genderfork fans, queer open mic regulars, conference acquaintances, former lovers, co-conspirators, and total strangers are all welcome. Just remember: this is me talking about what I care about. If you don’t share the same interests, you might not find this very exciting.
But if you do, you probably already think this is awesome.
(Sweet. Me too.)