Best Email Newsletters: Our Exclusive Inbox Guest Lists

Discover something informative, fun, or original to potentially invite into your inbox from our picks for the best email newsletters.

Our Email Inbox Guest Lists

Some people revel in the chaos of having huge email inboxes. They invite everyone who asks. So many crazy things are happening they can’t possibly keep up, but it’s exciting to try and to be in the loop.

Other people, like Kim and I, prefer more low-key inboxes. We selectively invite just a few newsletters for original, in-depth, and fun conversations on topics we’re interested in.

Whatever your inbox party preference, maybe you’ll find something worth subscribing to among our picks for the best email newsletters.

The Best Email Newsletters

Chris’ Picks

Chris looking trendy in the mirror with the Glimpse newsletter

Glimpse

For Trends

Call me uncool or out-of-touch or whatever, but I don’t care to keep up with the latest gossip, fashion, music, or gadgets. I’m just not a trendy guy.

So I can’t explain to you why I like Glimpse. Glimpse is next-level trendy. The team behind it finds trends before they’re trending. Unless you pay big bucks, you only get two trends a month. But hey, it’s free, so I can’t complain. Maybe the Glimpse newsletter will make me trendy in the future.

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Friday Future 15 newsletter

Friday Future 15

For Future Thinking

A big reason why I barely follow the news and am so untrendy is that I prefer to think about the future. And I like to think this forward focus played a big part in enabling me to successfully pretire and get where I am today. The future’s more exciting, mentally stimulating, and rewarding than rehashing the past.

I wish more people would write and share future-focused newsletters. So far, the best I’ve found is Jack Uldrich’s weekly round-up, The Friday Future 15.

Subscribe here.

eBiz Weekly 

For Online Business

Niall Doherty’s eBiz Weekly newsletter is all I need to stay up-to-date with what other online business owners are up to and how they’re making way more money than Kim and I do here on The Unconventional Route.

The bulk of the newsletter doesn’t actually interest me. It’s mostly online course reviews, freelance opportunities, and interviews. They can be a handy resource if you’re getting started with working for yourself online. I’m not, but I stay subscribed for the industry analysis, income reports, and blog posts from experts in SEO and affiliate marketing.

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Stratechery technology newsletter

Stratechery

For Business Analysis

99.9 percent of “analysis” online is unoriginal-thinking people trying to come off as smart by borrowing other people’s ideas, quotes, and models and rearranging them in their own boring, over-complicated words.

Stratechery is part of the other 0.1 percent.

I suspect part of it is because the man behind it, Ben Thompson, lives in Taiwan, far away from the Western idea-regurgitation-factory. Sometimes the topics he analyzes are too esoteric for me, but when they’re up my alley they bowl me over, improve my thinking, and inspire me to come up with my own ideas.

Subscribe here.

Not-Really-Newsletters

For Irregular Ideas

The following are my favorites, but they’re not really newsletters. They’re too irregular. They’re more like letters from a friend who’s working with lost tribes deep in the Amazon: infrequent, unexpected, and always full of surprising insight.

It makes sense that they’re irregular. You can’t force originality to come at regular intervals.

  • The Oatmeal. Humor and insight combined in comic form.
  • Wait But Why. Same as above, but fewer drawings, more words. Just as amazing.
  • Mr. Money Mustache. The OG of early retirement is a voice of reason in the mad world of personal finance.
  • Paul Graham’s essays. Not a newsletter whatsoever. You can’t even subscribe. But it’s worth a regular visit to see if there are new essays.

Kim’s Picks for Best Email Newsletters

Kim doing a handstand behind the GMB newsletter

GMB

For Fitness

Chris and I love training outdoors and working out with natural, functional movements. And I love GMB’s weekly newsletters because they give me little doses of inspiration on those topics.

Their emails are short, written in a fun and casual tone, and great for anyone who wants to improve their mobility and strength, in natural and uncomplicated ways. If you like them as much as me and want more, GMB has a successful podcast, blog, and YouTube channel with lots more free resources and content (and paid courses, too).

Subscribe here.

Dictionary.com word of the day newsletter
Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day’s newsletter to the rescue!

Word of the Day

For Vocabulary

The Word of the Day from Dictionary.com may not be a panacea for my poor vocabulary, but it’s a start. Its daily newsletter is idoneous for people with short attention spans like myself. And, with assiduity, in a couple of years, I should be unbeatable at Bananagrams, Scrabble, and Balderdash.

Subscribe here.

Robinhood Snacks

For Finance

I admit I know very little about money, but nibbling on the financial info from Robinhood Snacks is fattening my knowledge. It makes me feel slightly more confident in discussing financial news and deciding what to do with my minimal savings.

The daily email only takes me a few minutes to read, gives quick “Takeaways” summarizing each section, and has a heavy dose of puns and GIFs to spice up even the blandest financial news.

Subscribe here.

Sprouted Kitchen cooking club newsletter
Sprouted Kitchen Cooking Club inspires me when my belly’s empty and I need some ideas.

Sprouted Kitchen Cooking Club

For Meal Planning

Sprouted Kitchen Club Cooking Club is the only of our picks for best email newsletters that’s not free. It costs $9.99 a month.

My sister gifted me a subscription for my birthday this year and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I get excited every week I see a new “weekly menu” in my inbox. Each includes three or more healthy and creative dishes, a shopping list, easy-to-follow instructions, and tips on what you can prepare a day or two in advance to save you time and effort.

As an added bonus, if I’m not into the recipes or finish them all before the next menu arrives, my membership gives me access to the past menus and recipes from the date I signed up.

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Podyssey Picks

For Podcast Discovery

Maybe it’s my short attention span, pickiness, or unusual interests, but I have a tough time discovering new podcast episodes to listen to.

Thank goodness there’s Podyssey. Podyssey is an app and an online community where podcast lovers discover, rate, recommend, and discuss their favorite podcast episodes. Their weekly newsletter Podyssey Picks does a way better job unearthing surefire ear gems from the rubble than I can on my own.

Subscribe here.

Unconventional Monthly newsletter

Consider This

For Self Help Without a Stick Up Its Ass

We’ve saved the best email newsletter for last!

Ok, it’s not the best, but Kim and I are pretty darn proud of it. It’s ours.

Once a week-ish, we send you something new to consider. It could be a different perspective, an experiment to try at home, a place to visit, or anything else that might break your routine.

Join us and thousands of others to start living outside of a boring (in-)box.

Subscribe here.

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Kim and Chris started The Unconventional Route in 2018 to share their experiences exploring extraordinary places, things, and ideas. Now, over 150,000 people a month read their questionable advice. Every week, they share a new complacency-challenging and curiosity-tickling idea in their newsletter, Consider This.