I have been asked a few times over the past month how I put together this newsletter every week. Well, today, I will briefly pull back the curtain and share with you the tools that help me write this newsletter every week.
I write the newsletter on Sunday afternoon. By that time, I have the newsletter planned out in my head because I have been saving interesting blogs and articles throughout the week.
I use Evernote
to save interesting articles and blog posts. I also use Evernote to capture ideas for the newsletter as they come up throughout the day. I have been using Evernote for over 12 years and I like how it helps me organize my thoughts.
I am old school in how I follow blogs. I follow 16 bloggers and I use Diigo
to help me organize them. I am not sure that I am using Diigo in the way it was intended, but it works for me!
I use my Gmail account to subscribe to over 20 email newsletters that hit my inbox every week. If I like something that was discussed in the newsletter, I email it to my Evernote account so I can save it for later.
I send the newsletter using Mailchimp
. There are hundreds of different providers that can send mass emails out for you, but I chose Mailchimp because they have a good free option until you reach a certain number of emails sent. Since I am not close to that number, I am happy with Mailchimp. I am considering moving to another service but that won't happen for a few more months.
I use Grammarly
to help with grammar and spell check. Actually, their AI is really good and it will suggest total rewrites of some of my sentences. You can set up Grammarly to match the type of writing you want to achieve. For example, I have mine set at "informal." If I were writing a dissertation, I would set it up as "formal."
I listen to 10-15 podcast episodes a week (I have a long commute to work!). I use Apple podcast and Spotify podcast to curate my podcasts. I primarily use Apple podcast and I follow 25 shows that come into my feed every week. I follow everything from education, philosophy, business, cycling, writing, and some true crime! I do not listen to all of the episodes every week, but I quickly read the descriptions and decide what to listen to.
Finally, I subscribe to Audible
to listen to books. I used to listen to 70-80 books a year, but since I started listening to podcasts more, I probably only listen to 20-25 books a year. Remember, I have a minimum of 2 hours on the road for my commute every day so I have to fill that time with something useful!
If you have some tools that you use to help organize your day, please let me know! I am always looking for new tools to help me organize and write this newsletter!