Who am I?

I’m Christian Payne, or @Documentally in online places. A former shepherd, press photographer and creative technologist.

I’m still a generalist and an occasional, trainer, mentor and consultant. But my main passion is creating multimedia content and writing for this weekly email dispatch.

Sign up is free, but why pay to support my content?

  1. It can save you screen time. 

Let me make my corner of the internet accessible to you. The links I find, reviews I write and stories I share. All in one place. Hopefully reading my email will save you having to read other emails.

  1. Invest in a credible source.

I don’t have to be some stranger on the web telling you stuff. As much as I hope you question everything you read, get to know me and my motivations. Interact and discuss these topics with me. Correct me if I err. Let’s learn and grow together.

  1. Value

I sometimes put more content in a single dispatch that we could possible explore over a single coffee. Yet for the price of one decent beer a month ($5) you get multiple instalments. Then there is the content, like audio, that’s not posted anywhere but here.

  1. Belong

As you are supporting an independent writer and content creator, you are a part of a community of like minded individuals. Connect through the dispatch and share ideas. Occasionally we meet in physical space.

  1. Enjoy a certain style

If like me you love novelty and learning, love learning with me. I spend a lot of time curating the content I share, and do so with a voice I hope ties everything together.

Paying to support this dispatch is like paying for a journey. A trip we can take together. And your support means a lot to me.

If you would like to know more, email me or message @Documentally.

If a paid subscription is out of reach and you would like to access the content and archives let me know. CultureIsFree(@)ChristianPayne.com


Here are some nice things supporting subscribers have said about this dispatch:

“Christian has been exploring tech for decades, and from a uniquely curious perspective. His fascination with the deeper workings of technology are contagious. In a world of algorithmic feeds serving the hottest takes, what I really value is an email like this one, full of brain candy. I look forward to reading it, to knowing what he’s thinking about and being sent down all those rabbit holes to stuff that inspires, surprises and regularly blows my mind.” ~ @WillFrancis

“One of the pleasures of the weekend (or late on Friday, if I’m in the mood) is reading Christian’s weekly newsletter, a roundup of what he’s been doing/thinking/drinking that never fails to make me muse on my own life and choices. It’s the sort of writing that feels like he’s there, whispering in your ear, and afterwards you’re not quite sure if you had a chat in a bar or were just reading about it. Worth a look.” ~ @Billt

“I thoroughly recommend it, it’s full of personality and humanity, and a whole bunch of really practical stuff too…” ~ @garethjms 

“Documentally by Christian Payne – an excellent Etch-a-Sketch® swipe of perspective and inspiration that punctuates my week. Serendipitous connection, great journalism, social commentary, life experience, technological adventure, whiskey. What more do you need?” ~ @FellowCreative

“Your newsletter always brightens my inbox – it never fails to be interesting – usefully orthogonal!” ~ @BenjaminEllis

Now more than ever I want a human curator not just to sift the wheat from the chaff, but to actually choose some real gems for me. For me. What I’m looking for is a curator with an emotional intelligence and informed curiosity and they are rare as rare can be. I’ve resisted using the term Gonzo because everyone thinks that means getting wasted HST style but thank you for putting a lot of you into what you do. I’ll take your journalistic balance as a given and not just sit back and enjoy being pointed in very interesting directions, but also enjoy being encouraged to get out into the world and see, smell, taste and feel it for real. ~ @Timleroyis

“It’s hard to describe the Documentally newsletter, and that’s exactly why I subscribe to it. Eclectic, thought-provoking and personal, and always stuffed with links to things that I hadn’t seen before, but am glad I have now.” @iainrowan


If these informed intelligent individuals can’t entice you into the community, then I’m not sure what will.