Fantastic Friday: Newsletter Edition



Before we dive into this week’s top four links, I have a challenge for you.

It’s Friday. Which means the weekend is upon us. And then, in just a few short days it will be Monday.

What’s your general attitude toward Monday?

Me? I happen to love Monday. I have looked forward to Monday for years. Because it’s the first day of my work week. (Of course, I love the weekend, too. I love them both. The workweek and the weekend — they’re both favorites.)

There are so many folks who hate Mondays. If that’s you — if you’re not a Monday person — think about how you normally spend your weekend.

My challenge to you is this:

Take this weekend and do one thing that will help you feel rested, recharged, or energized. I call this “resting well”.

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Now, on to this week’s Fantastic Friday links…

I’ve listed below four of my favorite email newsletters.

Each of the newsletters below are ones I read every week. I almost always find a helpful, interesting, or otherwise clever tidbit in each one. Enjoy.

— Shawn



1. For the Entrepreneur and Business-Minded Person →

Corbett Barr’s weekly email newsletter, Lifestyle Business Weekly, is a roundup of links relevant to the indie entrepreneur. Each week I find at least one or two articles in there that are interesting or helpful to me. Usually related to business growth, personal productivity, content marketing, or something similar.

+ And, speaking of Corbett Barr, I had the honor of interviewing him for my podcast a few weeks ago. We spoke about building an audience, building an online business, doing your best creative work over the long-run of a decades-long career, how to focus on doing the work, and more. You can find that podcast episode here.



2. For the Indie Creative →

Chris Bowler’s email, The Weekly Review, is a must read for me. It is, perhaps, the single most delightful thing to grace my inbox every week.

Chris is a clear thinker and a clear writer. Every issue of his newsletter contains easy-to-read and thought-provoking commentary on the creative life, online publishing, personal productivity, and more. He also includes a few sidebar sections with cool quotes, reviews of coffee or beer, and more.



3. For the Gadget and Gear Geek →

If you like office accessories, cool products, and the like, then check out The Modern Desk. It’s powered by my friend, Kai Brach, who is the one-man shop behind Offscreen Magazine.



4. For the Tech Savvy, Mac and iOS User →

I don’t know how they do it. MacStories Weekly is a feat in and of itself. If this was the only thing Federico and his team published each week, I’d be impressed. But no, they also publish an incredible website.

MacStories Weekly is a members-only newsletter. It’s $5/month to subscribe. It comes out every Friday (yay, Friday!) and is jam packed with app reviews, Q&A, tips and tricks, links, and more.



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P.S. A couple of months ago, my trusty coffee grinder died. I replaced it. And, while I was at it, I figured I’d try out a new coffee brewing gadget as well. I’ll tell you all about it in next week’s edition of Fantastic Friday.