Love that. What is your process for building a newsletter issue?
As the week goes along I will drop into the newsletter to make notes of things I want to cover. When I sit down to write I start off with the headings that are always in there: Default Male of the Week, Gender Data Gap of the Week, Poppy Pic of the Week. I used to have Toilet Queue of the Week which was a popular section, but the pandemic killed that one off — one of its many crimes. I confidently expect it to make a tedious comeback as the world starts unlocking…
I usually do the writing in one go as I find that makes it flow better but sometimes if a section takes a lot out of me I will come back and finish up another day — which is also why it’s useful to break it down into sections.
I used to write the newsletter on the morning I sent it, but I found that meant it was too rushed and I didn’t do as good a job as I would like, and often forgot things or made annoying mistakes. I now try to write it on Friday so I have the weekend to proofread and correct any mistakes, or add in anything I’ve missed, before I send it on Monday.