Who are you, and what is this newsletter?

My name is Mark Armstrong, I’m the founder of Longreads, which is a National Magazine Award-winning site that kicked off a renaissance for longform writing on the internet. I started Longreads as a Twitter account and hashtag in 2009, it was acquired by Automattic/WordPress.com, and now I’m off working on my next thing. You can read more about me at markarms.com.

This newsletter is a place to share my own writing about work, entrepreneurship, and creativity — plus other stories from around the web that are well worth your time.

How often do you send it?

You’ll receive this newsletter every week or so.

Is it free?


Why a Newsletter?

Email is still one of the best ways to build a connection with readers. For anyone building a digital business, the two foundational elements are still 1.) create a website, and 2.) create an email newsletter. Social media is important, but audiences and algorithms are fleeting. With email you get to build community on your own terms.

I also like to share creative and insightful work from other people, and email is a nice way to do that too. (To find out more about the company that provides the tech for this newsletter, visit Substack.com.)