When not relentlessly hawking my own, I read a lot of email newsletters, both for content inspiration and because I really enjoy the format. If you’re in the market to expand your newsletter game, here are some recommended favorites:
NextDraft: All hail the king
Today in Tabs: Each new issue is like finding your favorite shirt back in rotation
Watching: Great media recommendations, though it’s now NYT subscribers-only
Garbage Day: So weird, so great
Techmeme: A fantastic daily tech news summary
Noticing: I’m a massive Kottke fan, and these roundups are solid
Laura Olin: Fascinating stuff
Evening Briefing: A quick hitlist that’s especially helpful on busy days
The Happy Hour: A great way to head into the weekend
Platformer: On the longer side, but great coverage
One other note: while you can obviously just have newsletters delivered to your main email account, I’m personally a fan of Stoop to help keep things organized.
All jokes aside, the truth is that while Quibi failed in spectacular fashion last year, there were actually a few diamonds in the rough within their catalog. Now that Roku has made much of the content available, I thought I’d re-share some picks from my time with the service. Enjoy!
Big Rad Wolf : Good night “sweet” prince, this was one of your best
Reno 911!: Glad to have the gang back
You Ain’t Got These: A really interesting look at sneaker culture
Flipped: Can’t beat the cast
Blackballed: I was vaguely aware of the story when it unfolded, but this mini-documentary is fascinating
Last Looks: Great format and interesting stories
Dummy: Just like it says on the tin
Chalk it up to a combination of weariness from decades of oversharing and embarrassment at the sheer volume of my own dumb past social media posts, but I finally snapped recently and moved to a much more ephemeral system (something that Snap and young people generally have been onto for quite some time).
In a nutshell, I’m treating House of Kyle (and the accompanying Junk Drawer newsletter) as my main hub/source of truth, and demoting third-party social media services to act as disposable spokes on that hub.
Here’s how it breaks down…
Instagram: Alternating between deactivation and reluctantly lurking
Twitter: I’m still posting and liking content, but I’m now also using Jumbo to delete tweets older than a few weeks.
See you in the wind!