A list of the best newsletters to subscribe to 2020
You know the feeling you get when you receive a package? These newsletters landing in your inbox is like that feeling but for free.
Newsletters are a great way to appear ridiculously well-read and stay up to date on current affairs. There are all different types of newsletters for a range of topics. I’ve put together a selection of some of my favourite newsletters that I am currently enjoying reading.
Me when I receive one of these newsletters in my inbox.
This is a newsletter that recently I have been reading from start to finish. It focuses on a range of topics in a concise way. It makes reading the news enjoyable. There isn’t even a need to click out as you get so much value from the actual newsletter. Here’s an example. They also have quizzes, a weekly crossword and recommendations of who to follow on social media.
Famous for The 4 Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris is the king of lifehacking and in his weekly newsletter, he shares what he may be reading, listening to or thinking about. A former Tech Girl Book Club pick, Tools of Titans, offers all the best advice from the amazing people he gets to interview (also check out his podcast here).
Written by Jono Hey, Sketplanations is a weekly sketch that explains a topic through a drawing. My favourite is all the biases. Really easy way to understand something new. This week’s one was particularly relevant to COVID-19 and lockdown rules.
I don’t really follow the news but I do get the daily email from Business Insider which deals with some news while also throwing in fun facts. I really miss their daily Whatsapp, but that had to change due to regulations. The newsletter is short and sweet and keeps me up to date.
Claire S introduced me to this and I am so glad that she did. Quartz is a great publication on its own but they have a newsletter where the writers focus solely on an obsession. Obsessions like sweatpants, bingo, platypus, Myers-Briggs, Netflix, Narwhals, etc.
If you’re into this kind of thing, I find the daily note from the universe to be very inspiring. It usually arrives at like 10am and it is a good way for me to stop and think. Make sure you read the footnotes because there are always hidden gems.
Just don’t roll up emails from airlines or places you usually get confirmation emails from. Let’s just say I may or may not have complained about not receiving an email, only to discover that I had added it to unroll.me and only received it the next day. Don’t be like me.
The service is free and they clearly state what they are doing with your data. You can also unsubscribe from newsletters, but note that if you stop using the service those newsletters will come back to haunt you like a bad breakup.
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I usually send out a weekly mailer with a recap of blog posts but also some personal anecdotes. If you want to know about competitions or just catch up in a more personal setting then you might like to receive the mailer.