In Spring 2016, I started a weekly Monday newsletter called the Medley.
Over four years later, 30,000+ people get it in their inbox each week, and many readers say it's their favorite newsletter.
It's not a link dump of "hey here's what I'm listening to and reading." It's 10+ articles, videos, discussions, pieces of research, or other interesting finds from around the Internet, spanning as broad of topics as the rest of this site.
In a given Medley you might find some recent research on regenerative farming, a video of an elephant helping someone do a backflip, a guide on hiring salespeople, a thought provoking podcast interview, a beautifully designed hiring letter, an op-ed on making playgrounds more dangerous, who knows, I'm interested in a lot of stuff!
Make sure you sign up to get next Monday's!
Not sure if the Medley is for you? Here's what some of the readers have to say about it.
"It's a delight I look forward to every week. I'm hearing your honest, interesting thoughts — like a friend in the inbox."
"As a longtime newsletter creator, I'm also a newsletter "connoisseur" and subscribe to 50+ newsletters. A tiny sliver of those make it to my "must read list" and Nat's Medley is high on that list. The newsletter is consistent in its ability to delight me, with a provocative piece that I would have missed or a business tactic to help me scale RadReads. I highly recommend this newsletter to entrepreneurs, creators, executives — and anyone who digs intelligent and unique ideas."
“The Medley is my favorite way to start the week. It’s fun, informative, and playfully surprising.”
"If all you did every Monday was read Nat's newsletter, you could count that as a win no matter what else you got done that day. That's how information-rich this collection is."
"I’m busy and don’t have time to find quality content. Nat does a great job filtering out all the noise to just the best reads."
"I used to be hard-pressed to find an email newsletter that I would read without fail every time it hopped into my inbox. Monday Medley is entertaining, enriching, and a must-read for any tech or culture enthusiast. Nat has does a terrific job of building a community around shared knowledge."
Corrine Watson, BigCommerce
"I’ve been following Nat for years now and have learned a ton about marketing, SEO and business through practical examples and case studies. His weekly newsletter is full of thought provoking ideas, book recommendations, interesting reads and useful resources to feed your curiosity."
"Nat's Monday Medley's is one of the only newsletter that I subscribe to and actively tell my friends about. The pieces are well curated, summaries are easy to read, and Nat's excessive use of emojis makes me a fan for life."
"Love the Medley. Emails about business get tiring, and I have a lot of diverse interests, so the Medley is wonderful for catching up on other cool stuff going on in the world that I might have missed."
"Nat's Monday Medley is my ideal curated filter to calm the chaos of the internet. His easily digestible insights teach me something new & valuable every week. If you're seeking knowledge, wisdom, or an edge in life - start here."
"I subscribe to around 5 different email newsletters.. The Medley is literally the only one I look forward to opening."
"The medley is the ONLY email newsletter I read each week. I always know that Nat is going to share insightful information about topics I care about. If you aren't subscribed you are missing out on some serious gold every week!"
"I subscribe to a lot of newsletters, Nat's is the only one I read EVERY week. There's always something that will zig zag my thinking in a new direction; a fresh article, a thoughtful study, a nugget to share with friends. I find myself forwarding the Monday Medley to a (different) friend each week, as the breadth of great topics is so wide."
"Honestly, the wide variety of topics in the Medley such as business, health, technology, world, etc almost always align with what I am interested in and if they don't, I look at it as something I might want to be interested in. Along with having greatly curated articles, you also do an amazing job at boiling the information down into an abstract that is concise enough to get the main gist across yet juicy enough to want to click the link and read the whole article."
"For more than a year now, Monday Medley is the only weekly newsletter remaining in my inbox."
"I very much enjoy your Monday Medleys. The topics range from A to Z. I never know what you’ll talk about next, and the topics you cover are usually quite interesting. Keep up the good work!"
"I Love Nat's newsletter. It's a great curation of topics I find interesting from a variety of categories that is well written and straight to the point."
"My favorite thing about Nat's work are his book digests. They are thorough, engaging, light and best of all, relevant enough for you to incorporate in your own life. You save me so much time!"
"The Medley is one of few newsletters I read as they come out. Each medley is filled with well though out insights on various topics that are cool and interesting."
"Nat’s Medley is a 10-minutes to encyclopedia of all relevant topics I wanna know. I get excited to read this every Monday. The best part is the commentary on his favorite articles. I wasn’t receiving his newsletter for a while. I reached out to his team to put me back on. That much I look forward to it."
"I love getting the Medley's list of fun and interesting articles to read on Mondays. It makes the day more interesting to have a few fun article tabs open to look at when I want to take a break."
"Like everyone else I am SUPER f*&king busy and my inbox is precious real estate. Nat's Monday Medley is well worth the limited space in my inbox. Even if I don't read it until the afternoon/evening, I never archive it (because who deletes in this age of free storage) without reading or at the very least skimming through it. Keep 'em coming."
"Nat's Monday Melody is one of the few newsletters I actively look forward to reading each week. It gets me interested in new topics I would have never found on my own while providing new, unbiased thinking around concepts I thought I already understood. Nat balances rigorous research and thoughtful commentary better than most, and the Melody is a must-read for anyone looking to stay curious and informed outside the standard echo-chamber of information."
"Thank you SOOO much for all the hardwork that goes into The Monday Medley it keeps me up-to-date with online trends, gives me access to areas of life that I’m interested in but don’t have time to research and have random things to share in conversations. LOVE IT."
"Medley is one of my favorite newsletters by far. Nat is able to provide newsworthy information in a succinct way that makes it super enjoyable to read and digest."
"A few years ago I did purge of all email newsletters I subscribed to and Nat's Monday Medley was one of the very few that I love enough to keep in my inbox. I've been following along since 2016 and always look forward to the mix of news, marketing and general fun he puts together each week! Don't go another Monday without this newsletter."
"Great weekly digest of insightful and educational reads across a wide range of topics. One of the few emails I almost always open, and I often can't help but dig more into a handful of the articles. Come to think of it, I kind of hate the Medley because every Monday, I think I'm going to have such a focused and productive morning, and then as soon as I go in my inbox, I can't help but read the Medley and its links. Though it's definitely led me to some useful insights and learnings so I guess it evens out."
"I've been reading Nat's Monday Medley for the full 3 years it's been around and never felt tempted to unsubscribe. Nat's clear thinking and broad interests make for a fascinating selection of items each week, and his excellent writing is just the cherry on top. Plus, it makes me sound smarter at lunch. Win-win-win!"
“Nat’s Monday Medley is the only email newsletter that I actually look forward to each week.”
"I love the Medley! Brief, informative, fun, and interesting to name a few descriptors. I nearly always find a few good things to think about and/or talk about. Some of my favorite informational graphics to reshare and save have been discovered due to the Medley!"
"Nat's Medley is one of the 3 newsletters that I'm signed up to - because it actually delivers interesting and useful information, instead of just producing content for content's sake. His views sometimes radical and he represents them with full integrity. And he clearly researches a TON for the Medley. I always save them for a time when I actually have the mental capacity to go through them and process the snippets. Love it."
"Nat's Monday Medley has earned its position in my inbox as one of my three favourite weekly subscriptions. I feel that If I'm going to read anything, it may as well be uplifting, enlightening and worth thinking about or reflecting upon. Since I'm in Australia I get it earlier than most and I read it top to bottom as soon as it lands, it's like picking up the prettiest seashells from the seaside before the crowds arrive."
"Your Monday Medley is informative and fun to read. While I enjoy the updates regarding content marketing as well as your new coffee/tea shop business, the wide range of what's going on in different aspects of the world is also very interesting. I look forward to the Medley every week."
"I love the Monday Medley! I always learn something new, not just about what's the latest in digital marketing, but about cool things going on in other facets of life as well. Nat's Medley is a great resource that I always enjoy seeing in my inbox."
"Monday Medley is a thought provoking, well researched, mind opener and concept discovering newsletter."
"I read Nat’s Medley every time I get back from elementary school, and you may be asking why is a 11 year old reading newsletters? It’s because the emails are so enjoyable to read and he actually takes the time to make it look good. He organizes it in a way that stands out from the rest. Keep up the Videos on your YouTube channel and by the way he didn’t pay me to say this."
"I've subscribed (and unsubscribed) to dozens of news letters over the years, and the Monday Medley is one of my all time favorites. Great, short insight on a wide array of fascinating topics. Very glad to have found it."
"The Monday Medley is one of the few newsletters I'm subscribed to. I love getting a brief overview of articles that shed a light on different topics and sectors and it has been a constant source of inspiration."
"Great newsletter. With the amount of information that is out there, it is extremely useful to have the tools to dilute the information you receive fast and efficiently (getting everything of use out of it). This newsletter is a perfect example of information dilution that works effectively. It's the goldilocks equivalent of newsletters. Not too much information, not too little information, it's just right."
"The Monday Medley is so good and wholesome that I have unsubscribed from all the rest!"
"Every time I see your mail in my inbox, I feel a sense of happiness. Because of your motivational speaking and of the diversity of your topics, I know I will try to learn something new every week."
Fernando Silva Kroes
"Nat's Monday Medley is consistently the most interesting and enjoyable weekly letter in my inbox. I look forward to diving into what he finds each week!"
"I've been really enjoying them. Always well written and interesting. I've ended up reading and sharing a lot of the articles."
"I have been subscribed for a few weeks now. What I enjoy most is reading news that is outside the scope of most sources—in a personable voice."
"Like you, my inbox is flooded with email every single day. The bulk of it is junk and unwanted, but Nat’s Monday Medley is one of the few newsletters that I actually look forward to. No matter what else is vying for my attention, I always make time for the Monday Medley. It is packed with value and has led me to content and information that has radically altered my life for the better. Sign up for this newsletter right now. You’re doing yourself a massive disservice if you don’t."
"I've been getting the Medley forever, and it's literally one of the only emails that lands in my inbox I click on with real gusto. Such a fun and informative weekly roundup: expertly-curated stuff and so simple to digest. The content always piques my interest and sends me down a cool internet rabbit hole, or provides fresh and unique conversation fodder. It's essentially like having an assistant who finds the neatest, wackiest, and most timely content on the web–and hand-delivers it right to me."
"Nat's Medley Newsletter is a diamond in the rough ugly email ocean. After every edition I'm blown away with all the cool stuff he's curated. Super happy to be a subscriber."
"Love the Monday Medley and the fact that I have no idea what subject matter is going to be . . . But it’s most always something interesting to contemplate no matter what pops up."
"I’ve been reading Nat’s Monday medley for more than 2 years... And I never missed one. That’s how good they are."
"The Monday Medley is the most valuable e-mail I get each week since it presents interesting articles and findings from relevant fields in a concise and reader-friendly way.“
"For a time longer than I care to remember accurately, I've enjoyed Nat Eliason's Monday Medley. I've been receiving useful tips, articles, thoughts, ideas, and announcements from Nat Eliason since the first one he sent, a compilation of what were previously individual alerts. I would recommend this medley to friend and stranger alike, it's an appreciable way to pull yourself out of the abyss of online, social-media-borne echo chambers. Introduce yourself to a new perspective: join the list."
"Nat speaks truth from all angles. Each email is like a doctorate level course of what's valuable in contemporary reality, written well enough for any human to fully grok. I've read thousands of newsletters and Nat's is number one priority every time it hits the inbox."
"I've been following the Monday Medley for the last few months and it's one of those emails that I enjoy opening in my inbox; I really love the fact it talks about a wide range of interesting topics (that usually wasn't picked up by my other news channels) and is brief, allowing me to quickly skim over it and read what sparks my interest."
"Not so easy to find info that shifts my understanding in curiosity, sympathy, and often, delight. I look to these newsletters with deepening respect."
"The Medley is an impartial and well-curated collection of timely insights that make me a more well rounded person upon reading."
"I love your weekly update on the various sectors and interesting insights, they often provide me with new perspective on things and give me something new to think and read about every week."
"Reading Monday Medley is like eating pistachio macaroons while admiring a distant rainbow from the vantage point of a majestic mountaintop. As someone who doesn’t follow (or really care about) most traditional news, I really appreciate hearing Nat’s thoughtful takes on everything from the latest critiques of Beyond Meat to intriguing applications of the Lindy Effect."
"In a world where each of us is over-saturated with information, good curation is invaluable. Nat's Monday Medley is the single best newsletter that aggregates really interesting internet content across many topics— food, health, tech, business, and much more. It's one of the few newsletters I read diligently each week."
“There are few newsletters that I always open and take the time to read; Nat’s Monday Medley is one of them. I appreciate the time he takes to curate the content he shares along with the high-level overviews he writes.”
"Monday Medley sorts through a ton of online articles to get the good bits. With a mix of tech and social news and insightful commentary, it's like having lunch with a good friend."
"I would say that your mind somehow resonates with me, I do enjoy researching and learning similar topics as you discuss in the Medley, mostly business and health wise. All in all, staying curious is a big advantage nowadays."
"This is the only newsletter I look forward to reading. It’s light, diverse, and easy to digest. Your content curation is first tier and thought provoking. What I like most about this newsletter is that it feels authentic and the content is genuinely interesting. I don’t every get the feeling that you’re posturing, grandstanding, or have some kind of bias/agenda when sending these (aside from the desire to create a delightful user experience). Keep up the good work and let us know if we can ever help with anything."
"Nat's Monday Medley is the only weekly newsletter that I’ve managed to stay subscribed to. It’s consistently insightful and full of interesting articles with great short commentary. I always get a dozen or so articles to add to pocket."
"Thanks for underscoring your creative output with a sense of personal integrity and critical thinking!"
"I didn't know I could get this excited for Mondays. Nat not only summarizes interesting topics tremendously well, the content itself is so relevant I often can't help but dive deeper and click on 3-4 articles to learn more."
"The newsletters include a great range of topics, which opens me to a whole new world. It's a great way to feel connected to society by reading about new studies and articles that I am interested in. Something to hope for every week."
"I like reading your writing because you present information in an accessible way, thanks for that."
"One of the few emails that I genuinely look forward to reading, and finding out what Nat has unearthed each week!"
"I took a job out of high school at IBM before going to university – in 1989. I had email and instant messaging on a mainframe called WARVM5 (Warwick in England, Virtual Machine 5). After my undergrad I got a job at Goldman Sachs, and was one of the first people to get email, in 1994. It is incredible to think that before that, all internal communication was by paper memo, and voicemail. (For example, if you made an error that resulted in a profit or loss, you had to leave a voicemail for the partners taking responsibility and outlining steps to address the issue). Within a few years, we were deluged by email, and it absorbed a huge percentage of our time. People generally either filed nothing, or everything. (I adopted David Allen’s Getting Things Done in Microsoft Outlook). Search tools back then were appalling, so filing nothing was hardly an option – until x1 search came along, which changed everything for me. Wind forward to 2021, I have left my finance career and am training as a coach & legal mediator, so I don’t have to suffer an employing organisation’s email disfunction. Much of what I read I pull from various sources – Twitter, Pocket, websites, etc. I get a very limited amount of news and information pushed to me, (partly because I still aim for inbox-zero). Your email is one of those push sources. It is perfectly judged for frequency, length, and strike rate of interesting content – as a result I read it from start to finish each week. There is much to provoke my thought process and to explore."
"Not sure how he does it but Nat scours the web to pull out the most interesting/useful content so you don't have to. The snippets he shares are enough if I'm strapped for time but always find one or two worth diving deeper into. I've shared with plenty of friends but this is one of the few newsletters I look forward weekly."
"Nat's Monday Medley is fantastic -- it's one of only two email newsletters that I keep in my inbox. Well-researched, interesting, and covers everything from health, business, science, and the world."
"I don't watch news on tv, but I always read Nat's Monday Medley and I always finish it by knowing more about the word. So It's like the news for the week for me, that's what I like in it."
"It's rare nowadays to get an email you actually WANT to open. Nat Eliason's Medley is one of those emails for me. He's one of the few people I enjoy seeing content from. And that's a rare status, but one he's earned."
"The Monday Medley curates an eclectic mix of great reading. I subscribe to quite a few services curating web reading. Monday Medley is one of the few that I always open. It's rare that there's not at least one thing that I go on to read and enjoy."
"I don't subscribe to many newsletters, but Nat's Monday Medley is always full of interesting stuff. A core part of my weekly reading."
"Nat’s Monday Medley just the ticket to start the week. Thoughtful, provocative and helpful. Very helpful. Can’t beat it!"
"I love that it is a quick read but every idea and word is thought provoking and makes me think about the bigger picture of life. It doesn't feel like generic text but more like well thought out insight into how you think and things you wrestle with in your mind."
"Like a shining light in the warzone that is my inbox, the only email newsletter I genuinely look forward to is Nat's Monday Medley. It's like an upgrade for the mind, every single week."
"Each issue of the Monday Medley is a carefully curated assortment of insightful stories pertaining to emergent trends at the intersection of business, technology and society (along with a quirky practical tip or two). It has a very high signal-to-noise ratio and I never miss an issue — even if that means combing back through my email inbox to find an occasional one that didn't get opened."
"The medley is always interesting, well articulated and succinct. It triggers my thoughts and inspires me to do my own thinking and research."
Daniel de Yzaguirre
"Nat's Monday Medley is the ONLY email I look forward to getting in my inbox each week! I always get to read about the latest interesting happenings in health, business, social/politics, and self-improvement related topics that I never would've come across on my own. 10 thumbs up!"
"Nat is on the ground building his business and the Medley is a peek into what goes into that. I enjoy getting exposed to new people, articles, and concepts through the newsletter. 🙌"
"From the noisy information ocean I think Medley gives me the right information pills I need to feel updated of what´s going on in the world. The topics tackled in every newsletter are very interesting to just pick up the best ones and dig more when I feel to. I would recommend Medley to any person who wants to pull an interesting 2-minute chat while waiting for coffee any given day."
"I work in demand generation and I appreciate how the Medley combines articles and trends that are relevant to my career, while also acknowledging that there is a world outside of the buzzwords and the metrics. The work we do online doesn't happen in a vacuum, and the Medley acknowledges that by combining happenings in the digital world with whats going on in the world around us."
"Love the bite size pieces of unbiased news and information. It allows me to get a glimpse and then follow up with some things on my own."
"I look forward to your Monday Medley every week - the best way to find out about cool stuff happening in science, society, psychology, anything. Your Medley is a fountain of eclectic ideas."
"Monday Medley is such a cool read: I love the variety of subjects covered. With interesting and valid view points. Uplifting and very educational. It’s my read treat for the week!"
"My girlfriend and I read it in bed together every Monday night. Nothing gets us hornier!"
"Always a very good read. Been reading for two plus years and consistently get at least one thought provoking or “call to action” item that starts the week off great. Thanks for all the work you put into it!"
"I love the Medley and [Nat's] content in general. My favorite parts are: The "counter-intuitive" content that makes me think outside the box (example: landfills being, arguably, more eco-friendly/sustainable than recycling) and all things fitness/health that Nat shares. I feel like he has a fun, fair, and balanced approach to learning these things and sharing."
"In a world where most Monday emails are simply white noise, the Monday Medley is a breath of fresh air. The unique compilation of truly interesting pieces from around the web always expands my horizon and kicks my week off with new insight."
"I've been getting the Monday Medley for years and it's the best newsletter I receive each week. The Monday Medley is like if Joe Rogan, Andrew Yang, and Tim Ferriss had a baby who wrote newsletters. Nat has an incredible ability to synthesize a wide range of complicated topics in a way that makes you feel intrigued and informed. I couldn't recommend the Medley highly enough."
"Huge fan of how transparent you've been with your life. I really loved the year-end review."
"Nat’s Monday Medley is one of the few newsletters I allow into my inbox. He never fails to share interesting links that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I learn something new, valuable, and actionable every week because of the Monday Medley."
"The only email I'm eager to open every week."
"I live in the UK and started receiving your Monday Medley after reading your published work on Medium; I find it has the right balance of information and I always find something new that I find of interest. I like the breakdown of topics and the clear explanations to how your links you provide will benefit or inform us the reader."
"From all the newsletters I'm subscribed to, the Medley is always a breath of fresh air because you never know what topics are going to be covered. This makes it a very pleasant read that feeds my curious mind with Nat's excellent writing style."
"As someone with a wide range of interests—including improving myself, my business, and the world—the Monday Medley I get from Nat is a perfect blend of insightful topics and news. I'm consistently impressed by how wide-ranging and in-depth it is."
"The most unique newsletter I subscribe to. Always an interesting mix of topics including business, science, life, and food. Nat has unbiased views and great commentary on articles and research topics."
"I love the Medley! It's one of the only email newsletters I open and actually read all the way through every single week."
"Love the eclectic collection of articles across different domains as well as the accompanying commentary, one of the few I look forward to each week."
"Nat's Medley is the type of newsletter that gets a 100% open rate from me. I'm pretty sure I read every single one of them in the past year."
"Love the Monday Medley! One of the very few newsletters I subscribe to and probably the only one I actually look forward to. It’s a nice variety of info (but not too random) and I enjoy your takes on it all."
"Usually super OCD about my email inbox but Nat’s Monday Medley is one of the few newsletters just too good to unsubscribe from!"
"I follow a lot of newsletters. I used to be huge into RSS feeds but realized it got overwhelming to tracking tons of blogs like that. I found newsletters to be a way that saves me a ton of time by curating the fire hose that is online content! Nat's Monday Medley is one of my favorites. It's a good blend of different, interesting topics. His design is also better and easier to read than most (not giant blocks of text, more scannable). I'd highly recommend it!"
"I read a lot, from newsletters and blogs to books. Most of them seem kind of similar in a way but Nat has got something that makes his writing seem really interesting and unique. There are insights, but it's not a overload, it's subtle and balanced. I really look forward to his newsletter every week. Also his YouTube channel is really good do check it out."
"The Monday Medley is easily the most interesting and fun to read newsletter I receive. Every week has great content, thought-provoking links, and cool insights."
"Lately I've been saying that curation is the new creation. There is now noise than ever online Nat does a great job narrowing down what is important to real into an easy to enjoy digest. Must read for anyone interested in technology, personal development, and wellness."