Why I write a newsletter (and you should, too)

It’s a great way to stay in touch with people

Most of my life, I’ve been notoriously bad at remaining connected with people. Worse than most, I’d argue. I’m only really in touch with one single person from my high school (not even my year), and not a single soul from college, despite being fairly social throughout both. Likewise, nearly a decade went by after graduation where I had a good amount of friends, nearly all of whom I’m not in contact with anymore.

It’s a way to process your thoughts

Writing helps pinpoint the exact weaknesses in your understanding of a concept. Start writing and you’ll quickly discover which parts of a topic you don’t know as well as you thought you did.

They’re love letters to your future self

As I mentioned previously, the newsletter is a fantastic way to stay connected with people. But my not-so-secret secret about my newsletter (and all my social media posting) is that it’s not about you, it’s about me.

It helps people see new elements of your personality

We collect friends, acquaintances, and colleagues from different parts of our lives. We choose which aspects of our personality to reveal to each person, depending on the context of that relationship. Your work friends will see a different version of you than your brunch friends, just as old childhood friends know a different you than friends made in adulthood.

Helps balance out your input/output ratio

I think a lot about my own personal input/output ratio. I don’t want to be just a mindless consumer: watching TV/movies, reading articles/books, playing video games, etc, without giving back to the world in the form of some type of output.

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Senior Technical Program Manager @ FullStory. Formerly FinOps @ Datadog. Tech guy and playwright. Visit me https://dannb.org

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Dann Berg

Dann Berg

Senior Technical Program Manager @ FullStory. Formerly FinOps @ Datadog. Tech guy and playwright. Visit me https://dannb.org