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Introducing the Finer Things in Tech Patreon

I’ve been running this site for a few years now, and back in March I launched a weekly newsletter that’s received wonderful feedback. I want to take both of these things to the next level, and I need your help to do it. That’s why I’m introducing the Finer Things in Tech Patreon.

A while ago, I removed all advertising from the site. The newsletter hasn’t had any ads either, and I want to keep it that way. I also want to bring you:

  • More web writing – I want to publish more tips and articles on the site, including reviews, explorations of tech, app recommendations, and more. I also want to expand beyond blog posts and into a resource.
  • Voices from others – I want to commission a truly diverse array of writers, developers, and others in tech about their journey, how to improve the industry, and other topics requested by you, my readers.
  • Newsletter exclusives – My articles, good reads from elsewhere, commissioned pieces from others, and some surprises if we reach my goals.
  • Even more – I have a few more ideas, but I also want to hear yours. Get in touch and tell me why you supported my Patreon or what it would take to get you there. Would you prefer to support the site another way? Want a higher tier with unique rewards, or to see different topics or resources? I want to hear it all.

I’m open to adding other ways for you to support the site and/or newsletter, including Memberful and others. Let’s see what readers prefer.

The weekly newsletter is going supporter-only

One big change is that the weekly newsletter of tips and my recommended good reads from around the web is going supporter-only. All current subscribers will still receive it; I’m not dropping anyone. But if you are a current subscriber, please consider joining my Patreon newsletter tier to support my work.

Thanks for reading

I want to bring you even more writing, articles from great, diverse voices in the community, and some future surprises I’m working on. To make it happen, please support this site and the newsletter on Patreon, or let me know what would bring you on board.

As always, thank you for reading.

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Here's a sample of the Finer Things in Tech Newsletter

If you haven’t seen it yet, I started a weekly Finer Things in Tech Newsletter. For a while, I’ve wondered whether email would be a great format for the kind of bite-sized tips I like to publish here, and so far it’s doing pretty well. 

However, since it’s a newsletter, I’m not publishing it online yet. I’m not sure I will, I’m still new to all of this. But I can give you a sample of issue 2 that went out this week.

If you like the cut of this newsletter’s jib, you can subscribe here. I aim to get it in your inbox on Mondays by 5:30am US central time. I’m also working on a few occasional goodies for future issues, but there will be more to say about that later.

As always, thanks for reading.

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The new Finer Things in Tech Newsletter debuts Monday, March 20

I realized I can't keep floating ideas or pouring over details or second-guessing myself over the newsletter, I need to just get it out there and see what happens!

So fine, we're doing this.

On Monday, March 20, I will publish the first issue of the all-new, never-before-seen, 100% shiny and chrome Finer Things in Tech Newsletter. Each weekly issue will be a handful of bite-sized, quick-to-read, yet supremely useful tips on how to get more out of your tech and apps, how to work smarter, occasional links to some great non-news tech musing around the web, and some surprise goodies I'm working on rounding up for you.

I've had this idea for a couple years now, as I started wondering if a newsletter would be the perfect format for the type and style of tips that launched Finer Things in Tech in the first place. Let's find out, shall we?

Subscribe to the newsletter here and share this link with all your friends and clients. Maybe your boss, too. Heck, try working it into a Reply All at work, see what happens.

I'm really excited about this, and I can't wait to hear what you think. As always, thanks for reading.

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Subscribe to my Finer Things in Tech Flipboard Magazine

Subscribe to Finer Things in Tech Flipboard Magazine.
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Flipboard a fantastic way to read stuff you like, and I run a Finer Things in Tech Flipboard Magazine filled with stuff I think you’ll like.

It’s a mix of articles from here (not the tips posts) and great, timely, but non-news pieces I find around the web.

If you like Finer Things in Tech and Flipboard, you might as well get all Reese’s Pieces on the whole thing and put ’em together. As always, let me know what you think or if you’d like to see something else in the magazine.

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A new Finer Things in Tech, more posts, and a way you can help

Finer Things in Tech should look a little different today, starting with the URL. I’m going back to basics, writing more, reviving the podcast, and introducing a way to support my work and the authors I commission. Let’s get started.

More Finer Things

Finer Things in Tech has always been about quick, bite-sized tips that help you get more out of your tech and apps. Last year, I introduced long-form articles from myself and smart industry folks, and they’ve been a big hit. Now I want more of both, and I’m taking a cue from my former boss Jason Snell to include “bigger than a tweet” pieces. I’m also going to try some link posts, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it all.

I want more tips and long-form articles, and I want to explore our relationship with tech, the industry’s culture, and how we can improve it all. The short-form podcast will return soon, I want to pay more smart people to write about the finer things in tech, and that’s where you come in.

How you can help

I’ve never done something like this before, which is a great reason to try it: today I’m launching a Patreon where you can support my work and help me pay writers. You can contribute as little as $1 per month or as much as you want. I’ll use this money to pay for the site and commission as many articles and tips as I can.

The Patreon doesn’t have any tiers or stretch goals yet, but I’ve certainly thought about them. It depends on how this goes, but all sorts of things are on the table: removing the one ad from the site, a process for requesting authors and articles, maybe even a mobile magazine, and more.

If you value Finer Things in Tech, I would deeply appreciate your support to help make it even better.

Details and thanks

To answer some inevitable questions:

Yes, Finer Things in Tech now runs on Squarespace 7

I know I threw in the towel on Squarespace two years ago, but it and its iOS apps have come a long way. I started using it again recently for a neighborhood project and, combined with my long-time frustration with WordPress and its hosting (yes, an article is coming about that), it felt like the right time. Squarespace removes many of the website management frustrations for me so I can focus on what matters—writing, podcasting (soon!), and finding more people to write about the finer things in tech.

Yes, all old links should redirect

Squarespace has some great domain and URL redirect tools for muggles like me (but if you see something, say something). In short, all old links to something like:

finerthings.in/featured/have-a-very-imessage-holiday

will transparently redirect to their new home at:

finertech.com/blog/featured/have-a-very-imessage-holiday

Feeds should automatically redirect as well. But if you’ve never subscribed or just want to make sure, you can check out all main section and topic feeds on the Follow page, as well as social and newsletter options.

Thanks

I have to make a huge shout out to Conrad O’Connell at 91digital for help with getting all the necessary redirects in place. I also thank Alex Knight at FeedPress for a lot of help in jumping through some hoops with feed redirects and custom hostnames.

Of course, I thank you as well for reading and all the support, links, and feedback. I love doing this, and I want to bring you much more Finer Things in Tech.

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Please update your Finer Things in Tech RSS feeds—they’re moving!

I’m putting Finer Things in Tech through a CMS overhaul, and one of the big changes is the RSS feeds. Of course, I’ll explain more once I’m all done, but the short is that WordPress, and WordPress hosting, is too difficult and costly to be done well for my needs.

I know I threw in the towel on Squarespace a couple years ago, but it’s come a long way since then. I am moving both my persona site and Finer Things in Tech back to it.

Here are the new feeds for all the main Finer Things in Tech sections, and I’ll do my best to redirect old feeds. The new feeds are platform-agnostic, so even if Squarespace implodes some day and I need to move the site, I hopefully won’t have to put you through this again.

Be sure to (re-)subscribe, tell all your friends, and hell, maybe even tap a few friendly strangers on the shoulder and share the wonder of Finer Things in Tech.

Thanks for reading.

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Introducing Finer Things in Tech Newsletters

I have some great stuff coming to Finer Things in Tech, and this is a small first step. Over the years, a growing number of readers have asked for a way to get Finer Tech posts by email. Today, I am happy to check this off the to-do list.
The initial batch of Finer Things in Tech Newsletters are available below. They collect the week’s posts for their respective category and deliver their headlines and excerpts to your inbox every Friday morning. Note that the Weekly Report newsletter is the equivalent of The Firehose feed from the Follow page of social and RSS links—every post across the whole site.

Feel free to sign up for one or all lists and let me know what you think in the comments or directly. I’d love to hear your thoughts on everything, including the best time you’d like these in your inbox and whether you want more granular options for sub-category topics like iOS 7, iPad apps, or productivity. I am also considering other options like daily and immediate newsletters, as well as full-text-and-photo options for a small membership fee. Told you some great stuff is coming. 😉

Thanks for reading and, now, subscribing.

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