There are a handful of regular newsletters that land in my inbox and actually feel like a real treat to receive. They help me with my creative pursuits and ventures, keep me in the know, and best of all, delight me. Here are a few that I'm digging right now...
Why you'll want it in your inbox: for Ann, a freelance journalist who writes about gender, media, technology, and culture
Frequency: weekly on Friday
My take: I love this one because of the content but also because I’m always looking for inspiration for my own newsletter—how do people model theirs? What sections to they include? Sponsored newsletters are a thing—Ann's spin on this is a cheeky section of ‘classifieds.' So clever. And, I actually look a them.
Alexandra Franzen's Newsletter
Why you'll want it in your inbox: for inspiration & Alexandra’s joyous spirit
My take: I love the simplicity of her letters, which are always text only, like an email from a friend with a few P.S.’s included at the very end. Also, Alexandra’s email is the channel she uses for connecting with her audience—this writer has ditched social media entirely.
DAVE PELL'S NEXT DRAFT
Why you'll want it in your inbox: for news
Frequency: mostly daily during the week
My take: My news consumption wanes in and out depending on my workload (and frankly, my mood). But Next Draft is really good. It's "the day's most fascinating news from Dave Pell," where "there is no algorithm"— he is the algorithm. His daily newsletter keeps me afloat with an idea of what on earth is happening on this earth of ours.
AMY LYNN ANDREWS' USELETTER
Why you'll want it in your inbox: for really useful blogging tutorials and how to's if you're working in the online space
Frequency: weekly on Saturday
My take: Amy Lynn's newsletter is about as clear and helpful as a newsletter can get if you're running a blog or online biz. It's also a portal into her awesome website, but not in annoying way. You actually really want to spend time with her—she's done all of her homework and is ready to teach you, with crystal clear tutorials on how to use social media for your business, online business and blogging trends, and lots and lots about Wordpress, if that's your thing.
PAUL JARVIS' SUNDAY DISPATCHES
Why you'll want it in your inbox: for creative inspiration
Frequency: weekly on Sunday
My take: Paul (The Freelancer, Invisible Office Hours, and Creative Class) has done a tremendous amount of good for the free-wheelin' freelancer set (his rat people). I love getting his weekly article—it's well crafted, thoughtful, and almost always applicable to my freelance writing work.
LENA DUNHAM'S AND JENNY KONNER'S LENNY LETTERS
Why you'll want it in your inbox: because you're a feminist and you also know what the word means
Frequency: a couple times a week, I think
My take: I feel like I'm 13 (in the best way possible) and digging into the latest issue of Sassy magazine.