I recently launched my newsletter. I wanted to refine my thoughts, share them with others and start meaningful conversations. One month later: goal accomplished!
Most articles started with something I had just read in the news. Before, these thoughts would have stopped there. Now, I dig deeper into each subject. My friend Raphaël, who’s just started his own blog, also noticed that writing forces you to do more research. You have to do the work required to have an opinion. My opinion after I send an article is often slightly different from the one I initially had. Because as you write, you argue against yourself. And this is how you refine your thoughts.
Thanks to this newsletter, I also improved my writing. I make an effort to cut unnecessary words, and I now write more powerful sentences!
But the best with a newsletter is the conversations. I have a new follower every day—thanks a lot to all of you who subscribed! :) Each article led to an interesting discussion, either on the website, by email, or on Facebook (where I sometimes promote my articles). I was glad to be challenged and to discover additional information. This wouldn’t be possible with a personal diary.
The only issue is time. I wrote 21 articles—here are the most read ones— some were short, but others required extensive research. I read a book for 1 hour every day and wrote my daily note in a few minutes. But since I started my newsletter, I’ve dedicated about 1 hour every day to writing—even more when I research the subject—and I’ve reduced my book reading time to… almost zero😱! And because I read less, I may have fewer ideas for new articles :( So I have to find a balance between reading books and writing articles…
But overall, it’s been a great experience so far, and I’ll continue! Thanks for following me, and please let me know how I could improve this newsletter and what you’d like to read next 🚀