19 Sep 2022
Merging Findka Essays
I recently launched a new product called Yakread, and I'd like to eventually merge Findka Essays into it.
19 Sep 2022
The Sample algorithm update; upcoming Yakread features
I made a small update to The Sample's algorithm last week. It will now do a better job of distributing forwards to different newsletters more evenly, without decreasing the total number of 1-click subscribes that occur.
12 Sep 2022
What's your favorite email provider?
Yakread is pretty easy to get started with now! I probably spent too much time fiddling around with different email providers, though.
5 Sep 2022
Sharing and notifications in Yakread
I took a short break from working on Yakread so that I could make some updates to Platypub, my publishing software. This week I'm back on Yakread.
29 Aug 2022
Read your tweets and books in Yakread
I've finished implementing all the essential features for Yakread. The ranking algorithm is in place, you can upload you DRM-free ebooks, and you can connect your Twitter account.
22 Aug 2022
Yakread is live
Last week I described my plans for a reader app that I've started building, called Yakread. On Wednesday it reached the point where I decided to go ahead and let anyone sign up. You can do so at yakread.com. Think of it as an open beta.
15 Aug 2022
The time of Yakread is at hand
Last week I started building a reader app. I'm calling it "Yakread."
8 Aug 2022
Flexible themes in Platypub
I spent most of my time last week making a large update to Platypub, my publishing platform. I overhauled the data model to make it extensible by themes.
1 Aug 2022
Newsletter directories, subscriber import integrations, and you
Updates from last week: - Finished merging the newsletter directory into The Sample. The publisher console now has a "Directory" tab, and as you can see I've added a "Directory" section to these emails. ...
25 Jul 2022
Some publisher console updates
Submitting newsletters to The Sample is now completely automatic! At least, it's automatic for me. I guess what I really mean is, people who submit their newsletter to The Sample now have to do the work instead of me.
22 Jul 2022
Demo: submitting a newsletter to The Sample (silent movie)
A screen recording of me adding a newsletter to The Sample.
18 Jul 2022
Onboarding flow
I'm in the middle of implementing the fancy new submission/onboarding flow.
11 Jul 2022
Reader app, automation, more about Substack recommendations
The publisher report is a day late due to reasons completely out of my control, mainly that the day ended before I sent it out. So here we are at last, me typing words into this announcements section, and you reading them.
11 Jul 2022
I can't believe I'm about to build another dumb web app
It is with great exasperation that I must announce... I think I'm actually going to build another product and keep being a full-time founder. 🤦‍♂️.
6 Jul 2022
Tech and democracy
If we can make tools that give people more power on an individual level, then maybe that'll add up enough to make a real improvement in our ability as a society to achieve collective action.
27 Jun 2022
Substack recommendations, paid acquisition, consulting
Big-ish announcement for people on Substack: you can now use Substack's recommendations feature to cross-promote with The Sample.
21 Jun 2022
The Sample updates for 20 June 2022
We made several small-but-important updates to The Sample last week.
13 Jun 2022
We need better tools for online speech
We can improve the information environment by thoughtfully designing, building, and distributing better tools for online speech.
11 Apr 2022
Now you can read your bookmarks with The Sample
The Sample is expanding into a read-it-later service.
2 Nov 2021
How The Sample drives thousands of newsletter subscriptions
Last month The Sample hit a big milestone: we've generated over 10,000 new subscriptions for other newsletters via our "subscribe in 1 click" links.
4 Oct 2021
Why I changed my mind about advertising
I used to be very anti-advertising. Fast forward two years and several pivots, and my slightly-less-early-stage business is doing $900 per month in revenue... from ads.
29 Sep 2021
Curating the Curators
Should you let a machine help you decide what to read?
Weekly updates on my work building towards a better information environment.
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