Ten good reasons to curate a newsletter

A few more than ten, actually.

Over two billion blog posts will be published this year. Curating the best of what you consume is worthwhile, here are some good reasons to get started:

Reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what you do. (Every week I read more than fifty blog posts. Well worth the time.)

It broadens your mind with new and different ideas.

It helps you to clarify your areas of interest.

It bookmarks where you are at this moment. And leaves behind an archive of the trail you’ve taken.

And because you’re sifting through all this information anyway, you can bring useful (often-overlooked) resources to other people’s attention that they don’t have time to search for.

You get to add commentary to the conversation, your voice matters.

It probably serves a niche and it’s not likely to attract hundreds of thousands of subscribers, so you can focus on serving people like you.

It’s a generous way to say thank you to the author.

It’s a creative project that is completely and totally up to you.

As projects go, it’s an easy one to set up, requires very little extra energy, and is repeatable …

Meaning that you get to curate another one.

Publishing a regular newsletter requires you to keep a promise. Promises can be difficult to keep at times. But soon that promise turns into practise and practise turns into a habit. Habits are much easier to keep.

Then you become a curator.

It’s not as lonely as you might think (people will respond).

And … it will increase your authority in your space.

P.S. This Sunday is the first birthday of the 5W-1H Interchange. Over 2500 blog posts read, podcasts heard and videos watched, with 312 of those shared, since the first newsletter 12 months ago, and I haven’t missed a week (given some leeway for automated email gremlins) since then.