Why is this interesting? - The Contributor’s Edition

On WITI, birthdays, and guest editions

Noah here. With everything happening in the world right now we let WITI’s first birthday slip by last week. It’s been an amazing year of writing this newsletter every weekday and we’ve been incredibly grateful to all of the subscriptions, positive feedback, and contributions. 

Thank you.

Why is this interesting?

To the last point, the contributors have been one of the most amazing parts of this experience. Of the nearly 300 emails we’ve sent over the past year, 63 weren’t written by Colin or myself. While we’ve talked about the perks of being a contributor (full list below) we’ve never made it clear just how you go about contributing. Here’s the gist: people usually email us with an idea (or we email them asking them to write about something they mentioned). From there the biggest things to know are a) you will be edited, b) we aim for somewhere between 600 and 800 words, and c) sometimes it takes a while since this is something we do when we have spare moments in evenings and on weekends. The full contributor’s guide is available here

Why do it? Here’s how we explain it in the contributor’s guide:

The benefit of all this, you may ask? It’s fun, hopefully, it’s interesting for you, and the contributor Slack community (accessible after you publish with us) is warm, inviting, and replete with curious characters. Thanks and let us know if you have any questions. - Noah (NRB)

If you have an idea, feel free to reply to this email or reach out through our contact form.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the amazing contributions over the last year. Here’s the full list:

  1. Abe Burmeister - Extinction Edition (6/19/19)

  2. Amber Finlay - Good Place Edition (5/21/19)

  3. Ana Andjelic - Anthology Edition (12/5/19)

  4. Ana Andjelic - DTC Edition (11/27/19)

  5. Ana Andjelic - Eurovision Edition (4/29/19)

  6. Annie Smidt - Post Rock Edition (12/17/19)

  7. Anita Schillhorn van Veen - Climate Tourism Edition (8/16/19)

  8. Anita Schillhorn van Veen - Diamond Edition (12/11/19)

  9. Anita Schillhorn van Veen - Feminine Mystique Edition (1/13/20)

  10. Anita Schillhorn van Veen - Utopia Edition (9/20/19)

  11. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian - Arctic Edition (7/15/19)

  12. Ben Dietz - Skate Gaze Edition (11/7/19)

  13. Ben Young - Prime Video Edition (5/15/19)

  14. Brady Moore - Iran Edition (1/8/20)

  15. Brady Moore - Wayfinding Edition (8/26/19)

  16. Brady Moore & Chris Papasadero - Go Bag Edition (3/3/20)

  17. Buzz Anderson - Seeing Like a State Edition (4/26/19)

  18. Chris Papasadero - Green Beret Edition (6/7/19)

  19. Dan Frommer - Online Grocery Edition (3/24/20)

  20. David Kienzler - Divestment Edition (9/5/19)

  21. David Marx - Dog Edition (5/7/19)

  22. Edith Zimmerman - Sea Silk Edition (1/28/20)

  23. Eric Mathies - Competition Edition (2/12/20)

  24. Felix Salmon - Brezel Edition (10/29/19)

  25. Felix Salmon - Sackler Edition (5/17/19)

  26. Felix Salmon - Wine Cave Edition (12/23/19)

  27. Gabe Brosbe - Oakley Edition (7/11/19)

  28. Gianfranco Chicco - Shokunin Edition (1/15/20)

  29. Graydon Gordian - Mallmann Ediiton (1/10/20)

  30. Graydon Gordian - Westbrook Edition (5/24/19)

  31. James Cooper - Public Records Edition (5/29/19)

  32. James Gross - Car Safety Edition (8/21/19)

  33. Jeff Hughes - Decade in Film Edition (12/20/19)

  34. Jeff Hughes - Tiger Woods Edition (4/16/19)

  35. Jerry Neumann - Disruption Edition (7/22/19)

  36. Joanne McNeil - Lost Community Edition (2/25/20)

  37. Joanne McNeil - William Gibson Edition (6/10/19)

  38. John Peabody - Solo Edition (8/9/19)

  39. Keith O’Brien - Yuru-chara Edition (7/8/19)

  40. Lance Martin - Streelight Edition (1/30/20)

  41. Larissa Pham - Tell Me About Me Edition (6/14/19)

  42. Larissa Pham - Influencer Culture Edition (9/26/19)

  43. Lizzie Shupak - Oral Culture Edition (3/4/20)

  44. Marcus Moretti - Consciousness Edition (6/26/19)

  45. Marcus Moretti - E.M. Forster Edition (3/25/20)

  46. Meg Ely - Crime App Edition (7/19/19)

  47. Nick Parish - Paquete Edition (8/20/19)

  48. Noah Chestnut - Athletic Edition (8/14/19)

  49. Patrick Anderson - Vinyl Edition (7/26/19)

  50. Perry Hewitt - Casket Edition (1/2/20)

  51. Perry Hewitt - LinkedIn Edition (12/6/19)

  52. Praveen Fernandes - Stamps Edition (1/24/20)

  53. Reess Kennedy - Vaporfly 4% Edition (11/6/19)

  54. Reilly Brennan - Autopilot Edition (10/2/19)

  55. Rex Sorgatz - Eternal Celebrity Edition (11/1/19)

  56. Rick Webb - Digital Advertising Edition (11/13/19)

  57. Ryan Anderson - Video Assistant Referee Edition (1/7/20)

  58. Sam Valenti - Factory Records Edition (7/24/19)

  59. Sam Valenti - Legacy Edition (2/27/20)

  60. Steve Bryant - Maslow Edition (4/22/19)

  61. Tim Hwang - Trade Journal Edition (9/30/19)

  62. Todd Krieger - Dead & Company Edition (12/2/19)

  63. Todd Osborn - Hidden Noise Edition (2/21/20)

  64. Todd Osborn - Home Exercise Edition (3/19/20)

Thanks for reading,

Noah (NRB) & Colin (CJN)


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