Hello Internet Strangers! This is the end, beautiful friend. This is the end, my only friend, the end.
I’m calling it quits.
I’ve been doing a newsletter-type thing for years, and I’ve never gained much traction. It also feels like I’m just taking the good ideas from various other newsletters and trying to create something original. Honestly, I think it feels much more like how Battle Beyond the Stars is really The Seven Samurai only not as good. Not even The Magnificent Seven good, just schlocky, derivative crap. (No offense to the Battle Beyond the Stars fans out there. It does have a wonderful James Horner soundtrack that he rips off to create the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan soundtrack. I honestly can’t believe he got away with it.)
It’s also taking up too much time, and I’m not having fun.
I tried using Revue, because I liked the interface, to try and spice up the old feeling. It really didn’t take. I went to Substack originally because that’s where all the cool kids were, but there are issues with the management of Substack that are bothersome. I flirted with a brand new newsletter company called beehiiv, but nothing is really working. It’s not the platform. It’s me.
So I’m ending The Weekly Click. This will likely upset my two readers.
The proverbial thing is, I want to do more writing and I can’t do that and do a weekly newsletter-type thing. I thought I could, but I can’t. I don’t have the time, and I’m not willing to give up more important things to create the time.
Brian K. Vaughan said, “Some general advice about writing: WRITE MORE, DO OTHER STUFF LESS.” Ultimately, The Weekly Click is some of the OTHER STUFF I’m doing away with…not just less, but all the way gone.
The blog, seanmcdevitt.net, is also on the chopping block. I haven’t dropped it completely, but I’m not far off from ending that too. We will see if I go through with it. I’ve also been reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, and some social media accounts may also be going to the great delete button in the sky.
I know I’ll probably miss all of it, but my goal is to channel some of that energy into something more constructive and productive for me personally. My first order of business is completing my long-overdue collection of fiction and non-fiction, Captured Ghosts.
After that? Who knows? I might write a screenplay or a novel. Whatever it is, it will be my writing and my work.
Everything else is a waste of energy and time.
Until next time, it’s been real. It’s been fun, but it hasn’t been real fun. Happy Mother’s Day.
Be seeing you,