I created Soul Sides in the 2000s, at a time when blogging was a breakthrough way to share ideas and writing. Then in 2010s, I turned my energy towards podcasting at a time in which that was the breakthrough content delivery system. Well, in the 2020s thus far, it feels like things have gone full circle with the newsletter boom.

On a whim, I decided to use the Buttondown platform to create my own newsletter, The Soul Sides Stray (a nod to the fact that issues will be…sporadic). Part of this is driven by necessity because if you have been a subscriber to Soul Sides via email, the previous service that delivered those updates – Feedburner – has now abandoned the feature. I’ve migrated all my subscribers over to Buttondown now and it’s easy to unsubscribe.

If you’re brand new and want to subscribe, just go here.

Will any of this be fundamentally different from just posting a blog post here? Probably not. But I’m always looking for new ways to invigorate my own interest in writing so consider this a test run/experiment. It may fizzle but at least for the moment, it’s worth it to me to just try this out.

For my inaugural issue, I wrote about the Nairobi Sisters’ enigmatic “Promised Land” from the mid-70s and I’ll create a new post here to mirror it. And meanwhile, I may raid my own archives to revisit old posts and find ways to refresh them. We’ll see…