It’s been exactly one year since I stopped writing my weekly newsletter, The Weekly Review.
This time last year, I was neck deep in a new job that required far more than 40 hours per week. Writing a 1,500–2,000 word newsletter each and every week was not something I could sustain when my early mornings required catch up time from the day previous.
This was a really hard move for me. I’ve loved writing since I started my first blog in 2008. But there was something special about the weekly routine. Whether it was the format (a mix of consistent themes), the more intimate readership (who email back their thoughts), or something else, I enjoyed putting out the newsletter each week far more than a usual post to the blog.
Fast forward to the end of 2015, I’m at a new job and the founders are smart folks. They understand the importance of a balanced life and we have a firm 40 hour work week. This has allowed me to spend more time writing once again. And so I’m happy to say that The Weekly Review is ready to go for 2016, with the first copy going out this morning.
This was originally part of a membership plan for the site. Not this time. The newsletter is available to all.
Interested? Sign yourself up.
What do you get each week? As mentioned above, it’s a mixed bag. But there are usually two longer pieces, about the length of your average blog post. Then there are a smattering of shorter items from the following categories:
- tweets of the week (from my favourite tweeters)
- items of note (links to fun, insightful articles with commentary included)
- my latest coffee or beer review
- also book & software reviews
- and short podcasts from time to time
In short, it’s intended to entertain, inform, and inspire. Most of all, to be fun and give you something to look forward to reading each week.
How about that every week part? As anyone who writes knows, being consistent is hard. I’m consistently inconsistent on my site; writing always comes second to my family and my job. That will remain true.
However, my goal with the newsletter is to hit around 40–45 newsletters in 2016. The first 2 months worth are ready to go. There will be holidays and a few other weeks where I take a break, but it will be a mostly routine delivery every Friday morning.
I’d love to have you along!