the smell of my desperation has become a stench

In celebration of snail mail

Recently I had the honor of being asked join an extraordinary group of people who have partnered with a subscription service called Quarterly. Every three months I’ll be working with them to send out a package, a “tangible interaction,” something that provides a small but unique experience, something offline. Here is who they are in a nutshell:

Quarterly Co. is a subscription service that lets you receive awesome things in the mail. You can subscribe to people you find interesting and, once every three months, they will send you a package right to your doorstep.


Their roster of contributors is wide and varied and includes people who have been inspiring my own work for years: Scott Beale, Jason Kottke, Mike Monteiro, Mark Frauenfelder, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Jeffrey Zeldman, and Gretchen Rubin.

Here’s an idea of what I’m going to include in my shipments:

Every time I sit down to write a story on my website, I like to imagine that I’m sitting down with my best friends and a bottle of wine on a Friday night. How would I portray an incident to make them laugh, to commiserate, to provoke the same feeling in them that I had when I was going through it?

Most of the strength in my friendships comes through storytelling, the giving back and forth of our lives in words and gestures, in laughter and tears. I like the idea of continuing that here and sending things that tell stories, ones that connect us.

Every package includes a letter as well, a letter on paper. What is this paper that I speak of? I’m really excited to be a part of this and to see what wonderful things I can find that will have you skipping to your mailbox. Each mailing is $50 and the first one goes out in about three months. You can sign up here. I promise not to include anything that might jump out at you, hiss or scream BOO! Unless that is your thing, and then I’ll just ship Tyrant to your house.

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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