On the internet I am sometimes called Mr. Tom, to differentiate me from other people whose names are also Tom. My username in many places is NowWeAreAllTom. My pronouns are he/him/his.
In case you're wondering "what's this guy's deal," here is a bulleted list explaining what my deal is:
- Podcaster, Writer(ish), retired Vlogger
- Microsoft Excel wrangler (with a master's degree in Business Analytics)
- Good at dance parties (unskilled but fun dancer)
- Tech enthusiast/dilettante
Here's some more info.
First and (I guess???) foremost, I should probably tell you more about my Blog/Newsletter, which is actually the website you are looking at right now. This is a fairly new thing (as of April 2022). I've had a newsletter since 2018 but I only ever sent like four editions, prior to this relaunch.
If you want a more detailed and verbose explanation, check out the inaugural post from April 2022, but here's the short version. My current goal is to post 1-2 blog posts a week, and no more than one newsletter a month. Newsletters will round up highlights from the blog or my other projects.
You can subscribe to the newsletter using the Subscribe link here on the site. It's free or you can pay money if you want to pay money. You can also subscribe to all blog posts via RSS (which is arguably one of the most underappreciated internet things).
You may not remember this, but in 2020 the entire world went off the rails as a result of a global pandemic and a really weird election. Maybe by the time you are reading this, things are normal again? Gosh, I hope so. For the time being, my friend Rat and I are podcasting through the pandemic over on our podcast, Social Distance Warriors.
My big project is Doctor Who: The Moment, a podcast about Doctor Who. On each episode, I talk to a different guest about a moment in Doctor Who that they feel strongly about. I'm really proud of the show. As of this writing, I am working on Season Four, which is shaping up nicely and I should have more info to share by May 2022.
I've even been told by some people who have never watched Doctor Who that they've listened to the show and enjoyed it! If you're interested in hearing the show, I recommend you head over to the episodes page and browse around to find an episode that covers a Doctor Who story you're familiar with. Or if you don't know where to start, you might try this episode, which I've been told is a standout, or this episode, where I got to be the guest while my friend Joy sat in as host.
I have a semi-active YouTube channel called NowWeAreAllTom. Back in the early 2010s, I used to post weird vlogs and other miscellany, some of which is still available. More recently I've used the channel to post a video essay on Doctor Who and moral philosophy, and a video explaining some neat observations about sudoku grids. I'm planning on posting more videos in this vein going forward. If you want to know more you can head over there and subscribe, or keep your eye on the blog.
Uh, I Only Like The Old Stuff
Okay, well, here's some stuff I did in the past.
- Now-defunct YouTube "collab" channels like Videobloggery and OctaviusPepperOfficial. Some of this stuff is very old and I am embarrassed by it but I'm also quite proud of some of it.
- A pretty much defunct gaming channel called NowWeAreAllGames, on which I might occasionally stream things.
- A defunct podcast about Harry Potter called The Chapter Titles Were So Good. This was long before the author of those books chose to make transphobia a key part of her public persona, so on that show we speak about her in an admiring way that I'm no longer really comfortable with, but I'm still really proud of that show and I think it's worth a listen if you ever loved those books.
- A defunct podcast about Doctor Who called The Cloister Room.
I could go on. I mean, I've been doing stuff for a long time. Do you want to see my old Pokémon fanfiction from middle school? I don't think you want to see my old Pokémon fanfiction from middle school.
How are you running this thing?
For this site/blog/newsletter, I'm using Ghost, which is kind of like an open source alternative to Substack. One of the cool things about Ghost being open source is that you can take the code and run it yourself on your own server, meaning nobody controls your ability to use the platform. You can even make changes to the code if you're feeling up to it! I'm not actually doing any of that, I've taken the easier route of using the Ghost foundation's paid hosted service. I looked into self-hosting, and it's totally doable, but a little bit more hassle than I'm currently interested in taking on. But it's nice to know that I could self-host, and I might very well migrate at some point.
Also please be aware that like most emails, this newsletter uses a tracking pixel image, which means I can tell how many people opened it (or even who specifically opened it). This is a fairly standard thing that most email newsletters or marketing emails do. You can find out more about the practice here. If you don't want me (or anyone else) to know whether you have opened your email, I highly recommend you look through the settings on your email app and disable all images from loading in emails. It might make the emails you receive uglier, but it will give you greater control over how you are tracked.
Keep in Touch!
To keep up with my latest stuff, you can subscribe here on the site. If you prefer to hear from me in a way that is more frequent and annoying and a little bit perplexing, follow me on mastodon. If you don't know what mastodon is, it's a social microblogging platform kind of like twitter but it's not owned or controlled by a corporation, and you can learn more about it here.
If you need to tell me something, or ask me something, you can send an email to tom [at] nowwearealltom [dot] com.