Regular readers know that I’m a big, BIG, fan of Thomas Cott’s You’ve Cott Mail newsletter and Twitter feed which is why his announcement that he’ll be cutting back on the newsletter portion of his arts news empire came across as a bummer (emphasis added).
After sending out these emails for nearly 20 years, I have decided to pull back on doing YCM on a regular basis…In the end, You’ve Cott Mail is not my job – it’s just a hobby of mine – and the grind of seeking out new and interesting items to share with you via a themed email each workday morning has become harder for me to sustain….Still, I’m not ready to give up doing YCM entirely. I hope that removing the burden of the daily deadline will reinvigorate my interest in keeping it going in some form. At this point, I can’t tell you how often I will be sending out emails, or if the nature of YCM’s content will change. For the moment, I plan to keep sharing items of interest on at least a semi-regular basis via YCM’s Twitter account, since that requires less time to do than these emails.
I can wholeheartedly sympathize with Cott’s sentiments about the grind and how few recognize that these efforts are a hobby and, most decidedly, not a job. Nonetheless, it is comforting to see that his messages will still appear in our inboxes from time to time and I can say that I’ll be looking forward to each occurrence like a child growing up in Michigan anticipates a snow day; s/he may not know when, but it will happen…someday.
In the end, I’d gladly give up a dozen Arts Journals, Musical Americas, et al (apologies in advance to those not listed) to keep a daily You’ve Cott Mail newsletter around but it’s worth pointing out that in addition to the less frequent distribution schedule, Cott is keeping the Twitter feed up and running. So if you haven’t done so already, it is high time to set up a dedicated YCM column in TweetDeck.