Hey World is perfect for quickly sharing content, but you have no insights into who reads the content. It may be a great option if you want to share your thoughts with the world without concerns about building an audience.
Over the past few months, I've been experimenting with various services for publishing online, including Ghost, Substack, Revue, Convertkit, and Typeshare. My next venture is with Hey World.
An introduction to Hey World
Hey World is a blogging/newsletter service included with your Hey email subscription (from the makers of Basecamp). I've been using Hey email for nearly a year now and have enjoyed it.
Create posts by composing an email to world@@hey.com from your Hey email account. The email converts into a blog post on Hey World under your username, and people can then subscribe by email or RSS. That's it!
What you get with Hey World
- You have a chronological list of your posts.
- Import subscribers from a CSV file.
- Export your subscribers to a CSV file.
- Create, edit and delete posts from your Hey email application.
- Subscribers can reply directly to your email.
- Your posts are available through an RSS feed.
- Since you write your posts through the Hey email client, it also works great on mobile!
What you don't get with Hey World
- No Analytics. Since there is no tracking, there is no way to see who read your email or visited your site.
- There are no tagging or organization options of any kind.
- No search. However, you can use Site Search in your favorite search engine.
- No share buttons.
- No custom domain. You're stuck with the world..hey.com/yoursite domain.
- There are no options for customizing your site other than changing your name and logo.
Why I decided to try Hey World
I enjoy writing, and it helps me clarify my thinking. When I see the words on the page, I can make connections, fill in the gaps, or even see what's not worth saying. In the end, I have a snapshot of an idea that I can keep forever.
I also enjoy sharing my ideas with others, and it allows me to meet people with similar interests and even learn from others who have a difference of opinion.
So, when I tried to find the right platform, I had all sorts of options. And there lies the problem. The more options an application provides, the more I tend to tinker. I spend more time messing with the application, finding the suitable theme, or organizing the content correctly. In the end, I don't write much content.
I want to write, hit publish, and move on to the next thing. I want to do this on my schedule when I feel like it. I don't want to manage a website, and I don't need that distraction right now.
If you're looking to create a platform where you can post content, attract subscribers, or even start charging for premium access, then Ghost, Substack, or even Revue are worth a look. I even used Obsidian Publish for a short time (and I highly recommend it if you keep notes in Obsidian).
If you only want to write and hit publish, Hey World may be a great option. It's impossible to get distracted by options or analytics because there are none!
Hey World is only available to Hey email subscribers, currently $99 per year. I think the email service alone is worth the price. Having Hey World available to me at no extra cost is a no-brainer - I can give it a try for a while and see how it goes.