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What’s in my Inbox?

Mike Renoe
Jun 5, 2019 · 6 min read

Email newsletters have been a relatively recent addition to my morning routines but they’re something I value as highly as my favorite podcasts in some cases. Newsletters and especially newsletters via email are by no means new but I think services like The Skimm have certainly popularized the brief curated medium. We’re surrounded by an abundance of information each and every day, selected a source who’s dedicated to bringing you a slice of news from a segment of your interest has greatly improved the quality of my media diet.

I’m making this list in the hope that someone will find in valuable, a lot of these newsletters I found via word of mouth or following the curator. Substack offers some lists of newsletters but there’s not a suggestion platform yet for newsletters like podcasts or books. These curators put their time and energy into these emails and rely on word of mouth. I’m gaining nothing by sharing these (except for referral credits from Finimize at the bottom) aside from the hope that the creator continues maintaining them well into the future. This is my thanks to them.

Reply All Newsletter

https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all

How often? Weekly

What’s in it? Recommendations from around the Gimlet Media office.

Why I love it: The Gimlet staff has great taste on the whole and if you’re a fan of the podcast you’ll like this. From it I’ve started listening to Clairo, watched a LOT of weird YouTube videos, and even received new recipes!

Last Issue: Read here!

Subscribe: Here!


A Woman to Know

(image via Wikimedia)

How often? Every weekday

What’s in it? A quick summary of a notable woman in history, her accomplishments, and lots of links for further reading.

Why I love it: Lots of women through history didn’t achieve the publicity level of the men surrounding them for many reasons. This newsletter serves to supplement our knowledge of historical figures and improve the visibility of women and their achievements over time.

Last Issue: Read here!

Subscribe: Here!


What’s the Difference Between…

How often? Weekly

What’s in it? Brette Warshaw clearly and succinctly explaining the difference between terms that might seem similar or are similar but are actually different. Described by Brette herself as: “A newsletter for the curious & confused.”

Why I love it: I love etymology and word history. Often the newsletters break down the history of a term and how subcategories develop from that original topic. I’m mostly thinking about this issue, CRUDO, SASHIMI, TARTARE, AND CARPACCIO? but they’re all great and along that same line.

Last Issue: Read Here!

Subscribe: Here!


Perf.email

What’s in it? Curated list of links and blurbs by Calibre related to web performance and accessibility.

Why I love it: Web Accesibility means creating websites and web apps that can be easily and clearly accessed by everyone. Issue 23 in particular featured this blog discussing how JPEGs are displayed, encoded and broken down as well as a talk by Tatiana Mac on how Privilege Defines Performance.

Last Issue: Read Here!

Subscribe: Here!


Now I Know

http://nowiknow.com/

How Often? Every Weekday

What’s in it? Stories, trivia, and lesser known facts from around the world. Every Friday also features a ‘Weekender’ with long-reads and puzzles to hold readers curiosity til the coming Monday.

Why I love it: Dan’s stories are exactly the kind of trivia I love to read that tends to stick with me throughout the day. Last issue in particular featured a story about a soccer goalie who was so dedicated that when the game was called on account of fog and poor visibility, he remained on the pitch until the police came to find him after the team had showered and packed up. He just thought his team was holding the other to their own goal!

Last Issue: Read Here!

Subscribe: Here!


A11y Weekly

How Often? Weekly

What’s in it? Curated list of links to blogs, articles and tutorials related to web accessibility, web design and building a more inclusive web.

Why I love it: I subscribe to two newsletters on Web Accessibility because it is a relatively new topic for me to delve deeply into. It’s always been a concern but I wasn’t aware how much more I could be doing until I started seeking out resources like this. This curated list is getting me up to speed with accessibility with tons of tutorials and well written blog posts.

Last Issue: Read Here!

Subscribe: Here!


The Monday Medley

What’s in it? A collection of thoughts and links from Nat Eliason from the previous week.

Why I love it: Nat is a great resource for information on growth, marketing, and growing a small business. Nat’s marketing know how was my original reason for subscribing. Digital marketing was something I was learning on the job but wanted to start getting a leg up.

Since that original impetus, it’s moved into just seeing what someone else finds on the web in a given week. There’s often a topic or two I would disagree on if we met in person and with his accompanying viewpoint on a link I’ve been able to hear an opinion I might not have heard in my day-to-day communications. I always walk away thinking about something that wasn’t on my mind previously.

Last Issue: Read Here!

Subscribe: Here!


Rendezvous with Cassidoo

What’s in it? A weekly roundup of links relating to the web, a few words, a joke and a quick programming challenge.

Why I love it: Front end web design is constantly moving, changing and growing more opinionated, this newsletter focuses the fire-hose of information into a steady stream. Additionally, front end web design is another blind spot for me, I’ve always been more comfortable with back end engineering at the expense of digging into the front end. Newsletters like this one pull back the curtain for me to jump into CSS, JS and the design process.

I also really enjoy the ‘interview question of the week’, when I have the time available I always try to solve it as a fun puzzle.

Last Issue: Read Here!

Subscribe: Here!


There’s a few others listed below that I don’t read as often but might be interesting to readers here:

  • Mozilla’s Developer Newsletter — Quick set of links and blurbs about where the web is going.
  • 99% Invisible Newsletter — From the team that brings you your favorite podcast. Accompanying articles for new episodes as well as stories too small for podcasts.
  • The Good News Email — The best positive news to your inbox, once a week because sometimes we focus too much on the worst.
  • Brain Pickings — One of the original ones that I’m aware of. Carefully and artfully curated selection of the best works of fiction, art, or anything that can lead to a more beautiful life.
  • Finimize — Daily and weekly roundup of business, financial, and money news.

Mike Renoe

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VP of Engineering at Takeout Central. Writing about Software, running and traveling.

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