So, I promised some exciting news for this issue of Regular Communication. And that exciting news is… that today is my first day as the Email Marketing Manager for Bonfire.
That’s right, my retirement was short-lived. While I wasn’t looking for a new full-time position this soon after the last one, something just clicked with the team, product, and mission over at Bonfire. I love the idea of helping grow a platform that’s all about making it easier for non-profits, community groups, social movements, and creators make money by selling cool goods. And the team behind it all (at least the members that I’ve met) is really, really good. I’m proud to join their ranks.
The marketing team is small and I’ll be the only member dedicated to email full-time, which is super exciting to me. Although I did plenty of strategy and copywriting at the last gig, the vast majority of my time was spent teaching others how to do email marketing well, as opposed to me practicing those concepts myself on a daily basis. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time now. I have a draft of a blog post called “Theorists vs. Practitioners” that’s been sitting in my “Ideas” folder for years at this point. So, I’m thrilled to be able to put everything I’ve learned about email and marketing over the last decade to good use at a good company.
I’m sure starting a new gig will beget plenty of blog posts, too, so keep following along. And, if you want to see how Bonfire works (and support this newsletter), you can buy a Regular Communications t-shirt today. Or get started making your own campaigns.
Some Interesting Things
I got a new ukulele the other day (meet Bonnie), so most of this week’s links are ukulele-themed. If you’re looking for a simple, portable, and fun instrument to learn, there’s nothing better than a uke.
The first link is to this wonderful performance of “It’s a Living Thing” by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Anyone recognize the sixth person from the left?
You probably know “Rasputin” from TikTok, but I bet you haven’t seen this perfect rendition of it from the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra… And why are all ukulele groups orchestras? I mean, I love it, but still curious. I’m seriously considering starting a ukulele group in my neck of the woods, but think it’d be more of a club than an orchestra.
If you’re looking to learn some beginner uke skills, Cynthia Lin has great lessons on her YouTube channel. And a really nice signature model from Ohana. I played one when I was at the music store and can confirm that it’s a great choice for anyone looking for a modern, playable uke.
And, for more advanced stuff, it’s hard to beat Christopher Davis-Shannon’s lessons on YouTube.
OK, outside of ukulele… this is a really cool resource for illustrators. Roman Mars released the syllabi for a bunch of his past teaching gigs. There are some cool links and a bunch of assignments you can do on your own.
The Regular Communication Playlist
Here are the songs keeping me going this week. Follow along on my official Spotify playlist.
- Devil’s Pie is the killer track off of D’Angelo’s amazing album, Voodoo. I mean, they’re all amazing, but that’s my track.
- I remember watching a masterclass doc on Maxim Vengerov on IFC back when I was a teenager. His humor and kindness made a huge impression on me. This Balalaïka captures not only his virtuousity on the violin, but the audience's reaction to his personality, too.
- A great example of ukulele in a non-traditional context is Tune-Yards’ Powa.
- Divisionary by Ages and Ages never fails to get me pumped up and re-committed to a cause. There's a fantastic video of them performing it with their friends and family, too.
- And, finally, a recommendation from a reader: Fuck Me Up by Pokey LaFarge. Thanks, Kristin!
Have any music recommendations? Reply to this email and let me know—I’m always looking for new stuff.
the obsession cops have with having photo ops any time they do anything is so funny to me, like imagine if every time I made a website I showed up the next day on the TL like
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