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Thursday, April 30, 2015

When Google reader died, I never picked up a new way to keep up with blogs. Feedly, Bloglovin' and other RSS feed readers were forgotten and abandoned. I started only reading a few blogs that sparked my interest on Twitter and occasionally Instagram.

And then came the email newsletter.

Like podcasts for my commute, newsletters are the way I fill the space in my workday. I've started collecting newsletters like they're going out style, when in fact they're coming in at a rate of about 5 a day. Ten on Fridays. (Who decided Friday was newsletter day?)

My knowledge and understanding of the web, design UX, content strategy and cocktails increases with each opened newsletter and the links within. While I'm adjusting to this new-found source of inspiration and information, I'm searching for the perfect indexing method to retain the select links that matter.

One solution is my "Resources" page on my website, though it's currently an archaic list links of un-ordered lists and manual upkeep. There's also the endless bookmark folders I've spent too much time organizing on my Chrome toolbar. While that's not perfect, it's at least convenient when finding things I like. My pipe dream is to create a script when I can effectively "pin" an article into my own personal website -- a task I'm not quite ready to take on just yet.

But regardless of my method, my emergence into the newsletter world has so far been incredibly rewarding. The pros far outweigh the cons. And a well-written article will withstand the test of time. (My lesson after reading this article from 2000!)

Some of my favorite newsletters right now, in case you're interested:

  • Mel's Sandbox by Melody Joy Kramer - This is a social discussion and reads more like a notebook being passed around in class. I think anyone would benefit by signing up.
  • Medium Digest - I switched to weekly because I couldn't keep up with a daily digest, but I've found myself craving more & may switch back soon. Medium's great because you create a profile & can tailor it to your interests. So not just for web people!
  • UX Design Weekly - This is more for a specific audience, but it's a great collection of articles & tools for UX designers. I especially love the UX Portfolio highlights they include each week. It's good to know what my peers are up to.
  • UX Thought of the Day - I look forward to this showing up in my inbox so much. It's only 1-2 paragraphs with a simple thought about UX, but because it's such a poignant premise, it leaves the biggest impact.
  • My Morning Routine - This one's new to my rotation. The concept is simple: Ask successful people all over the world about their morning routine. It's fascinating to see how different everyone's experiences are.

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