I’m a creature of habit. But more than that, I’m a lover of habit. I get a kind of silly thrill from returning to the same things day in and day out. And lately one habit that I’m really loving is my morning newsletter read. Just me, my coffee, a recently nursed bug next to me, and my morning newsletters.
It’s a funny habit, because I’ve spent so much time agressively unsubscribing from newsletters. I never thought I’d write a post advocating that anyone sign up for them, and certainly never that I’d be writing one of my own. But I’m feeling this. And I hope you will too.
Here’s a first trick for hopping on the newsletter bandwagon: start by unsubscribing. The multiple-times-per-week newsletter from the store where you bought something from someone’s wedding registry five years ago? The newsletter from the yoga studio in the city you used to live in? The unrelenting notes from the preachy politician you didn’t vote for? These are things you don’t need cluttering your inbox. Approach your email the way you do your underwear drawer: get rid of the stuff you don’t want so you can fill it with the stuff you do.
And then sign up for the newsletters that you actually want to read.
Here’s what I’m reading lately:
What she’s been writing and reading with a well-placed gif or two for good measure.
Kaufmann Mercantile – Field Notes.
Updates on new products + thoughtful, well-written in-house articles on things you didn’t know could be so interesting. Socks, etc.
Of A Kind.
Updates on new editions + punchy tidbits from founders Erica and Claire.
As for me, I’m going to start off slowly, sending a letter just twice a month. Mine is going to be a catalog of the stuff I’d talk your ear off about if we were sharing a cup of tea together: a little bit about what I’m reading (on and offline), a little bit of what I’m writing, what I’m listening to, what I’m watching, and what I’ve got my eyes on. I’m still honing the exact format. It won’t be a replacement for this space, it’ll be an accompaniment to this space. A little letter, from me to you.
And now the most important question: what have you been reading lately?