I’m a huge fan of Editorially. It’s a noise-free online collaborative editor, sort of a cross between Google
Docs Drive and iA Writer. I do use both of those applications frequently, and while they both scratch an itch (GDrive is highly collaborative, and iA Writer is Markdown-enabled), Editorially scratches an entirely different itch that neither can reach. When I just want to write quickly and easily, but still want to share or collaborate, it’s perfect.
Well, they’re winning even more Brownie points with me for their newest venture, STET. With a tagline stating that it’s “A Writers’ Journal on Culture & Technology”, STET articles really are meant for tech-savvy readers: an editorial about Twitter here, a short story there, and a travel entry mixed with a product story over there.
It’s lightweight, beautiful to look at, and it reminds me a lot (though there are plenty of differences) of *The Magazine*, a fantastic Apple Newsstand publication that I’ve subscribed to since Issue 1. They’re both like the New Yorker, but for tech nerds.
What’s great about STET is that it adds a new layer on top of all that: some meta-commentary about the writing of the story. The editors will have a sidenote with a micro-critique of the style of piece, or identifying some literary device they use to advance the narrative.
Like this editor’s sidenote in Roxane Gay’s opinion piece, “What Twitter does”:
Gay is not merely telling us her thoughts; through repeat uses of the collective “we” and numerous invitations to visualize her personal relationship to Twitter, she evokes the familiar and the relatable within the wide spectrum of the social media debate.
I love that. As an English Lit graduate, I often find myself identifying (or trying to identify) narrative structures and literary devices used in Medium posts or articles in The Magazine. STET is comforting because I know the writers and editors think about this, too, and—more importantly—know I care.
It’s so much fun! Even without the meta-commentary, STET is a good read. And I almost don’t want to put it in my RSS reader because, like Medium, the design is such a joy to experience.
(I have to admit, though, it’s hard getting used to reading indented paragraphs online, rather than the typical double-spaced paragraphs. Check this out:)
In any case, I’ve really been witnessing a renaissance of good quality online publications, and that couldn’t make me more happy. STET definitely continues this trend.
It inspires me to brush up on my writing; to step up my game so that I might be able to, some day, submit some of my writing to one of these great publications.