Newsletters I Love

Back in February I posted about how happy I was that I’d been able to maintain “Inbox Zero” for ten days. Two and a half months later, I’m still able to post that I’ve been maintaining Inbox Zero! Well, more or less. I now keep all email that needs to be acted on or replied to sooner rather than later in my inbox, but everything else gets deleted or filed away.

But here’s the funny thing. As part of getting to Inbox Zero, I’d deleted a whole slew of newsletters that were just junking up my inbox and making more work for me. But a month later, I just ended up replacing those newsletters with a new batch of newsletters.

And I’m loving it!

The main difference? These are newsletters I enjoy reading. Some of them are daily, and yes, I read them every morning. Others come once a week and I read those on the mornings they come in. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites:

Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletter

Austin Kleon newsletter

Every week, Austin Kleon, the author of Show Your Work and Steal Like an Artist, sends out a newsletter containing a list of 10 things he thinks are worth sharing. There is almost always something in his weekly list I want to click on, and often it’s the kind of click where one thing leads to another and I end up learning a whole lot or getting really inspired. Which is why I really love this newsletter. (I also like Austin Kleon’s books, too.)

Now I Know

Now I Know

The Now I Know newsletter by Dan Lewis arrives in my inbox every morning, and I never know what interesting thing I’m going to discover when I open it. And you don’t just get a well-written piece about something interesting—you also get a bonus fact, which is sometimes even more interesting than the piece itself, a link to a quiz, a related piece from the archives and related links. A few weeks ago, for example, I learned that

The phrase “worth fifty-eight points in Scrabble” is worth fifty-eight points in Scrabble.

Which, by the way, I found interesting enough to tweet!

Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

If you like short stories and you’re a fan of science fiction or fantasy, you’ll enjoy the Daily Science Fiction newsletter, which gets delivered to your inbox every weekday. Despite its name, the stories are a mix of science fiction and fantasy, and since they’re flash fiction, they’re quick reads. The quality of the stories is high (they’re a paying market, and are on the list of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s markets which qualify writers for membership in SFWA) and opening this newsletter is definitely an enjoyable way to start the weekday.

Do you have a newsletter you can’t wait to receive in your inbox?

6 thoughts on “Newsletters I Love

  1. Athira

    I went through a phase of subscribing to newsletters and then unsuscribed from every one of them. So far I haven’t missed any but Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletter, I just suscribed to it.

    One “newsletter” I really enjoyed, which isn’t a newsletter is DailyLit. They send you daily emails (or whatever frequency you choose) with chapters from a book. I’ve read quite a few books that way and because the “portions” are smaller, I’m able to squeeze them into my day.

  2. Ti

    I love newsletters but I never have time to read them. I subscribed to a lot of them and then one day unsubscribed because my inbox was seriously out of control. I did bookmark this post though because that Now You Know one sounds pretty darn cool.

  3. Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)

    InBox Zero is my goal, but it’s been months since I achieved it. Now, I think I know the secret — make a new goal to keep it at InBox Zero for 10 days!

    Thanks for the link to Austin Kleon’s newsletter — I’m going to try that!

  4. Care

    You are the coolest. Signing up for newsletters is the kiss of death that I ever read them again. Seriously, if I don’t have to click or think to go look at it and instead it comes right to me? I never open. I need a serious email rehaulover. (is that a word?) I used to be somebody that READ every email – couldn’t stand that number of unreads that would pop up on the icon but now it is beyond hope.


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