My initial thoughts on HEY after 24 hours:

1. the workflows and UX are pretty great, as mentioned by almost everyone
2. one negative, maybe: some screened contacts aren’t sticking to their The Feed designation, though it’s possible I did something wrong during initial training — will monitor more before reporting as a bug
3. so far, The Feed looks like a great way to browse those types of email on my own time. You can get the gist from what is exposed and dig in if you want. Brilliant.
4. when they launch custom domains, look out. I probably would have subscribed already.
5. love to see full data export and no lock in — this makes committing a little less stressful
6. full testing is kind of hard as I am hesitant to respond to emails from the Hey address. It does force me go back into to respond, but that also reminds me how ugly and broken the old system is!
7. Would have loved to get jason@ but it was always a dream given who’s involved 😄

At this point, since I use Fastmail already, the decision is whether or not the workflows are worth the extra $35 a year, assuming the custom domains come soon-ish. I am leaning “yes” at this point, as they’ve really have me re-thinking email and how I deal with it. I love that it becomes permission-based across the board and not just for opt-in lists.

I do appreciate [DIY posts like these]( that show what’s possible on your own, but honestly all of the services mentioned cost more than Hey on an annual basis and it looks like more work to maintain. If I was already in that world, I’d probably be hesitant to change to something new, but I’m not going to build all that to match Hey functionality and not save money/time.

In the end, custom domains + Hey’s functionality out of the box seem like an easy Yes. I hope they announce more on timing for custom domains before the end of the trial, though I am not counting on that to make my decision.

More to come!

We launched a brand new version of Relic Scout today! Relic Scout is perfect for collectors and flippers, but also very useful to anyone buying or selling on eBay. See auctions, Buy It Now listings, and recently completed sales all in one view — for any item you are looking to buy or sell.

We’ve got some sample searches set up to show you the benefit of using Relic Scout. Customize and fine tune your search queries, then bookmark the page for easy access. Your eBay skills will never be the same.

If you are a regular eBay user, please check it out and send along any feedback you may have. Thanks in advance!

Just backed [Bokeh on Kickstarter]( — excited to see where Tim takes this…

[How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman – YouTube]( →

So awesome.

[Subscription Hostages – Signal v. Noise]( →

This is one of the main reasons I enjoy subscriptions on iOS. I can view all in one place, then cancel or re-subscribe with a couple taps.

I finally sat down and took a look at Hugo themes last night to add pagination to the Hyde theme. Turns out, it was much easier than I expected!

Here are the steps:

1. Make sure Hyde is selected as your current theme.
2. In the Custom Theme section, click the Edit Custom Themes button.
3. Click the New Theme button to create a custom theme based off of Hyde. (Name it whatever you’d like…)
4. Select that theme to go the templates view.
5. Click New Template to create the pagination partial with the filename and location:


6. Add this code to that template and click Update Template:

7. Click on the list template:


8. Add this code:

above the last

{{ end }}

and click Update Template
9. At the end of the Hyde.css file find the second to last #post-nav block and add

text-align: center;

to center the pagination at the bottom.
10. Once you make those changes, go back to the Design tab and select your Custom Theme. Click Update Microblog Settings to use these theme changes.

That should be it!

I’m pleased to announce a new project I am launching with a few long-time music loving friends: [7-Day Music Club](

The premise: we feel that the current digital age of music has not only damaged the album as a collection of songs, but our relationship to it and the artist. That feeling of holding the album in hand, pouring over the lyric sheets and inserts, and repeated/focused listens — are all a thing of the past for many people.

Our plan: 7-Day Music Club is a community that will celebrate albums as a social, shared experience through focused listening and storytelling. Each week we will focus on one crucial album from our collection to encourage a deep, 7-day focused listening session and conversation.

Our full site — including a blog, newsletter, and message board — will launch in early May. [Visit today to sign up for our newsletter]( and be notified when we launch!

Ok, I created a Shortcut that you can use from within Apple News to [create a markdown link of the canonical article URL in Drafts]( No more Apple News URLs and redirects!

[The danger of ‘I already pay for Apple News+’ – TechCrunch]( →

A good counterpoint to my post from today.