Say what you will about what this means about my life, but one of the best parts of my day is when NextDraft hits my inbox.
Curated by Dave Pell, NextDraft pulls ten (or so) of the best articles from around the Web and puts all of them in one place so I can read them or add to my GetPocket account.
And I know I’m not the only one who loves getting content delivered right to me.
Email newsletters are all the rage right now.
In a Harvard Business Review article on this very topic, this part sums up the email newsletter’s resurgence best:
What matters instead is influence, and one way to build it is by guiding audiences through the chaos of so much content. Today’s there’s no better way to do that – and demonstrate influence — than producing an email people will actually open.
Recently, I deleted my Feedly account because (a) there was too much to sift through (and I’m one of those people who can’t move on until every story is marked as “unread”) and (b) it’s just more convenient to have it delivered, kind of like pizza.
I can do the work I need to do during the day, then take a look at night to see what I’ve missed. (Yeah, I also take a few peeks during the day, but who doesn’t?)
In light of this email newsletter resurgence, I want to share 7 e-mail newsletters I subscribe to that I think you should subscribe to, too.
If you like any of them, let me know!
NextDraft – Curated by Dave Pell, NextDraft is easily my favorite of the bunch. Each weekday, Pell delivers ten articles to your inbox that cover a wide range of topics. They are sure to keep your GetPocket account full of good stuff to read as you inevitably set links aside for future reading. If you sign up for one email newsletter to improve your day, make it this one.
The Ann Friedman Weekly – I’m fairly new to the Ann Friedman bandwagon, but I’m glad I got a seat. Friedman is a writer, speaker and podcaster who communicates on a number of different topics, but her bread and butter seems to be technology and, well, everything under the sun. She’s good. Her newsletter is a hodge podge of content from around the Web, but in a good hodgy podgy sort of way. Also: You will love her pie graphs.
Now I Know – Want to learn something new each day? Then Dan Lewis’ “Now I Know” is the e-newsletter for you. Every morning, Dan shares something interesting he has learned over the past few weeks, ranging from why people in the UK thought spaghetti grew on trees, to something called “the Decoy Effect.” The topics are rich and diverse, and you’re bound the find something up your alley. The only drawback is that they tend to pile up in your inbox, but they take 5 minutes to read. It’s worth signing up.
Death, Sex & Money – I could listen to Anna Sale interview people all day. Sale is the host of the excellent podcast on WNYC, “Death, Sex & Money.” But that’s for another time. The newsletter that Sale and her team issue every week is worth signing up for, but it helps if you’re a listener. Each week, she shares details for upcoming shows, real feedback from real listeners, as well as other podcasts we might enjoy. It has quickly become one of the newsletters I most look forward to seeing in my inbox.
The New Yorker – The Daily – The New Yorker consistently features some of the best writing on the Web, but I don’t have time to visit the site every day, nor do I want to add another feed to my RSS reader. Thankfully, there is an e-newsletter that shares the best stuff with me every day. Not everything is worth reading, but I find myself saving a handful of things to read every week, which more than makes up for the space it takes up in my inbox.
Fast Company – Fast Company is another one of those publications that I love to read, but get overwhelmed by the amount of content to sift through if I miss a day. So, hat tip to the magazine for offering a daily e-newsletter that shares the best stuff around productivity, business, and innovation.
Upvoted Weekly – Upvoted Weekly is the official newsletter of reddit, the site that dubs itself “the front page of the internet.” If you consider yourself someone who has their pulse on what’s happening online, this site is surely on your radar. But with the sheer amount of content that gets posted by users every day, it’s a necessity to curate the stuff that’s worth our time.