The year of email lists...

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2018 was the year I got serious about subscribing to email lists. I have been on a few lists through the years previously and found them valuable, but typically canceled them when I  literally drowned in emails or the amount of self-promotion got too great (this is a very fine line). I also limited my lists so that I actually have time to read and digest the content (Reading in Progress - RIP- limit 5-6). It is also worth noting that 4 of 6 newsletters (exceptions: Dense Discovery and On Hiring) are also podcasts which I can highly recommend.   

My top list at the end of 2018

  1. Hurry Slowly by Jocelyn K. Glei  - at the beginning of 2018 I was in a sorry state. Very close to burn-out, reorganisations, and dysfunctional workplace. This newsletter was a ray of sunshine through the honest commentary of the author and interesting links. Highly recommended podcast.

  2. Shane Parrish (Farnam Street) - Brainfood. A collection of original blog posts as well some high quality links to articles, books, and essays. I can also really recommend the podcast the Knowledge Project.

  3. Hung Lee On Hiring - One of the lists that I look forward to getting on Sundays. Some incredible links to sources around the area of Human Resources - recruiting, assessment, artificial intelligence, culture, employee branding, and market trends.

  4. Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View - at the beginning of this year I decided needed to know more about AI. Previously, I had viewed this area as extremely hyped (which I still maintain) but this email list provided a well-balanced view of what is going on and points the reader into some interesting directions to dig deeper.

  5. Dense Discovery- this is a geek guilty pleasure source for me. Some great developer tools and applications. The typeface geek in me loves the ‘Aesthetically pleasing’ section as well.

Honourable mentions

James Clear author and entrepreneur that has devoted his life to understanding habits and human potential by pondering the question ‘How can we live better’.

Postanly - good email list of sources to work better, think clearly and make better decisions.

Dorie Clark very successful resource about reinventing yourself and personal marketing.