I love email newsletters. They’re how I stay up-to-date with news and updates from my industry, my network, and the world at large.
These are the subscriptions I look forward to receiving every single week:
Ann Handley: A bi-weekly letter about digital marketing. I was introduced to Ann’s work through Content Rules, a book she co-wrote with C.C. Chapman well before content marketing became such a big deal.
Austin Kleon: My spirit animal. A writer who draws/an artist who writes. His weekly newsletter is a roundup of ten things: recent musings, observations, and interesting links. He writes about his process in this blog post.
CreativeMornings: Weekly highlights from their global series of inspirational talks, plus a curated roundup of resources for creative professionals.
Dense Discovery: Similar to CreativeMornings, but with a technology bent. “A weekly newsletter helping web workers be productive, stay inspired, and think critically.” They’re a fairly new publication but consistently great.
Farnam Street’s Brain Food: Deep thinking and long-form writing about personal and professional improvement. Fun fact: Shane Parrish (the author) is a fellow Canadian and former CSIS agent. More juicy deets in this profile piece from The New York Times.
Jimmy Daly’s Swipe File: Content marketing at an enterprise level. We think about content in similar ways, complete with practical models and frameworks. If I’m introducing someone to content marketing, Jimmy’s blog and email course are two of the first things I’ll point them to.
MasterWP: One of the best WordPress-specific newsletters in existence. Ben and Alex curate a weekly digest of WordPress and web industry news, complete with personal essays and hot takes on topics that matter to WordPress users. Pairs nicely with Post Status.
NextDraft: Dave Pell’s long-running, wide-reaching daily newsletter is one of the best. Interesting, concise, and expertly curated. There’s no algorithm here — Dave is the algorithm.
Paul Jarvis’s Sunday Dispatch: Mindful writing for small businesses. A web designer turned online educator, this ex-Torontonian lives and works remotely — in the truest sense of the word — from his home somewhere on the coast of British Columbia.
+ Here’s his approach to writing newsletters.
++ Check out my summary of Paul’s book, Company of One.
Re:Growth: A weekly newsletter about digital marketing and online advertising, courtesy of the people at BuySellAds. They enable a direct relationship between advertisers and publishers, versus running through a behemoth exchange network (sup Google?) and not knowing where your brand shows up.
Sentiers: “A thoughtful, inquisitive, slightly off the beaten path weekly newsletter. Covers a very eclectic mix of topics, often having to do with sociotechnical transformations, but also cities, systems, hybrids, the environment, history, scifi, design, and many other ideas that matter. Each issue features the essential quotes and insights for five or six articles, as well as diverse quick takes.”
The Sprint Newsletter: Short essays and curated resources for designers. I don’t consider myself a designer, but I appreciate good design, and I enjoy peeking at how designers hone their craft. (Also doesn’t hurt to have some empathy when you work with a design team!)
Also: Check out Nuzzel. It’s a personalized digest of what your follows and connections are sharing on Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s one of the first emails I check every morning.