Okay so that number doesn't equal dollars. We're far from rolling in it (and what we do take in goes to our writers), but I am very very proud to say The Weeklings, the site I co-founded with Greg Olear and Janet Steen and Sean Beaudoin, has hit a milestone in internet terms: One hundred thousand unique visitors a month. This is both a surprise and not (but is definitely a delight). Our visitor numbers climb each month. But, what is heartening or maybe surprising is that people want to read what we do, that in this our age of fast everything, people are interested in a site that does an essay a day, every day and nothing else. Just one essay. Montaigne is our hero and that idea of essayer, of attempting and exploring, is behind what we try to do. Every day.
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Two weeks ago six other writers and I launched The Weeklings. The whole idea is an essay a day, every day. We each get a set day, and I am Saturdays. (My character? Saturnina). I'm joined by the illustrious, the comic, the serious and witty. My cohorts include Vanity Fair's Elissa Schappell, Granta's former editor Alex Clark, Details' former book editor Janet Steen, smart-alec and self-loathing YA-author (also near Danielle-Steel-killer) Sean Beaudoin, smarty-pants and novelist Diana Spechler and LA-Times bestselling author Greg Olear, my co-editor who just optioned his first novel to Bret Easton Ellis. Phew.
Now two weeks of Weeklings later and I've written my first couple essays on art. One on Thomas Kinkade and how he's, yes, a conceptual artist. Which got tweeted and repeated, shout-outs from an OpEd writer at the New York Times, Alison Arieff. Then, on our own Weeklings FB page (please "Like" us), someone asked if we even knew anything about conceptual art. You can judge for yourself here where the answer came in Week 2 when I catch Ennial Fever and review the Bi and Triennials at the Whitney and New Museum.
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