1. How do you DISCOVER content? (Sources) E.g. Twitter / other newsletters/recommendations from friends / Feedly, and any other sources?
I am pretty random in terms of how I discover content. Over the years, I've built a steady mental list of people/blogs/distribution channels that I follow either via email or, again, mentally. Meaning that I actively remind myself to check X's blog and see if any new posts have been published or something that might be interesting for my purposes. I do sometimes collect content from Twitter, but again, most of it is collected actively by myself by actually going to the source. If I decide that the source is reliable, I will subscribe to their communications (daily/weekly/monthly newsletters, updates & other news types from that particular creator/outlet).
2. How and where do you SAVE the content you find interesting? E.g. Pocket, Notion, Roam, etc.
I save content in Notion (with Notion Web Clipper) and Roam. I used Pocket in the past, as well as Evernote. I am also experimenting with a currently Apple-only browser called Command.
3. Do you typically WRITE thoughts/ insights/ views on the content while saving the content or later when you are writing the newsletter? What app do you write these thoughts to?
When I find something interesting, I either send it to a Notion folder called "Links to process". This means that I will have to schedule some time during the week to read that particular piece and decide if it is worth sharing or not.I would also leave a tab open in the browser, schedule a reminder using my iOS Reminders app, or even post it in my calendar so that I can read the content the next day (say I discover something right before sleep haha). You can check my favorite collected links (in Notion) here.
4. How do you CURATE i.e. decide which content goes into the newsletter? What do you use for the actual shortlisting? E.g. Pocket, Notion, Roam.
Nowadays, I keep the things that interest me in Notion, and I have shared that folder with my community. I have a category-based substructure where I keep things such as Interesting Articles, Software, Blogs I follow, Marketing Stuff, Design, etc. I read -> Save to Notion's Links to Process -> Follow-up and do the Processing -> Post it in the newsletter while adding some personal notes.
5. What is the most annoying part of the curation process? What would make your life easier?
I would not say there's anything annoying. To speed up the process, it would have been great if Substack had an actual app so that I could send my desired content straight into the future 'newsletter' as a plain text link.
6. Do you typically write your newsletter on another note-taking app and paste into Substack or write it on Substack itself?
No, I use Substack exclusively for writing.
7. What parts of the curation process you wished were easier/ better?
I think that the answer from #5 would apply here as well.
8. How do you deal with FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? I have so many YouTube videos that could help improve my life, but it's kind of too much.
Constant battles. Unsubscribe from everything (cold turkey) and possibly make a list of channels you would like to review/watch something like 1x per week. Or even 1x per day! IF 1 week is too hard. You can also create a secondary account so that you can get a fresh feed, getting rid of the old one, which is going to be affected by its own history.
9. Do you have any tips for me on how I could tell more people about my project?
If you haven't already, I would first start creating a structure, a plan of attack. It's sort of like setting up your cockpit first and then flying the plane.
From the top of my mind:
- Discord communities
- Telegram communities
- WhatsApp communities (not sure if this exist lol)
- Clubhouse communities
- Reddit communities
- Slack communities
- Blogging/documenting your process/outcome
- Recycling the (7) post on Medium (debatable)
- Newsletter (should not be focused on pushing your products)
- Quora (try to be helpful)
- Merge all of the above under one single account an push what you want to push through these so that you don't have to publish on each individually. There should be a balance here, as not every single piece of content is suited for every platform.
- Synthesize your projects under a small easy to digest link using something like luma or nano.site. I'm sure there are others out there. Attach that link to your social media profiles and other places you hang out on the internet.
There is no one-size-fits-all recipe. Also, a marathon, not a sprint. Tactical consistency cooks the rice.