In Spring 2016, I started a weekly Monday newsletter called the Medley.
Over five 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."
"I enjoy your newsletter, look forward to it and find it engaging, topical and au courant."
"I'm enjoying it. Sometimes the whole newsletter might be too much to read so I'll just pick a sentence/link that looks interesting and take a look at that."
"It has been of help to me, for growth and self development. I get to learn what are do's and dont's of things. I am grateful Nat. Thank you for the knowledge."
"Nat's Monday Medleys are a sensational source of information. As startup founder they not just continuously help me tremendously to grow my business, but also open my world up to a huge variety of fascinating topics I knew nothing about before. The Medleys are always a super inspiring start into the week - I can highly recommend you sign up for them."
"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 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."
"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."
"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 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!"
"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."
"It’s my favourite newsletter by far. Nat has a wide variety of topics that are ALL interesting and his opinion/short description give great context to see if I want to read further. I’ve uncovered a lot of great stuff from him."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Usually super OCD about my email inbox but Nat’s Monday Medley is one of the few newsletters just too good to unsubscribe from!"
"The medley is a newsletter that makes you think. Each Monday, I can always rely on the medley to bring interesting, thought-provoking content to my inbox. Better yet, Nat takes the time to research and explain why the newsletter topics are important, and how they can help improve your life."
"The Monday Medley is for me a continuously expected newsletter. I always find very diverse and intelligent information that opens my eyes to explore something new, and learning is what I like the most."
"I just want to share with the Medley community that its safe and sincere. What new crypto users like me far most is being prey upon and taken advantage of. But I can say that the communication from this Medley community has been on the up and up and words you can stand by."
"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."
"I hate email... but I love Medley. Make an exception just for this one, you won't regret it."
"Brief, concise, educational. One of the few newsletters I look forward to opening each week."
"Not so easy to find info that shifts my understanding in curiosity, sympathy, and often, delight. I look to these newsletters with deepening respect."
"Nat's Monday Medley is often my favorite email of the 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."
"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."
"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."
"Nat's writing style is concise, thoughtful, and I'm generally learning new things every week."
"I throughly enjoy receiving the Monday Medley, I enjoy starting the week with new knowledge and interesting articles."
"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."
"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."
"I'm consistently blown away by the breadth of the medley. Every issue I learn something new, often about a topic I didn't expect to find. I love that I can quickly skim it and get everything I need without having to click, but can dive deeper when I want to."
"Been enjoying this from Glasgow, Scotland, over the last few weeks! Nothing is filler, even the things that seem mundane or irrelevant me have a way of being presented with such thoughtful insight I never skip past anything. It’s the sort of newsletter I’d like to write myself! Well done Nat!"
"The Monday Medley every time provides me with an interesting food for thought, and more often than not it provides me with new perspectives. Nothing more I could ask for from a piece of content."
"One of the few emails that I genuinely look forward to reading, and finding out what Nat has unearthed each week!"
"Nat's Medley is like having a smart, curious friend who summarize interesting things they've learned all week and then text it to you every Monday - It's always direct, digestible and informative! I've definitely looked forward to Mondays more since I became a subscriber."
"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."
"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.“
"Nat's newsletter is outstanding. My Inbox is filled with non-sense, ranging from discounts at online stores that I've never shopped at to Todoist sending me daily reminders of my never-ending to-do list. But within all this noise, Nat's newsletter really stands out and is a joy to read through every week!"
"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."
"Thanks for underscoring your creative output with a sense of personal integrity and critical thinking!"
"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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"In today’s specialised age, polymathy is a rare quality. Finding a newsletter that curates interesting tidbits from multiple disciplines is nearly unheard of. Yet the Monday Medley stands against the crowds and delivers a newsletter that is bound by no imaginary scope and leaves the reader with a feeling of an open horizon."
"The best way to re-energize Mondays. Nat is the next most interesting person you want to meet. And one of the most prolific readers I've ever seen. Through the Medley I get a cool mix of mind-challenging and fun articles about tech, health, and culture."
"I like reading your writing because you present information in an accessible way, thanks for that."
"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."
"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."
"One of my favorite things about Monday Medley is the range of stuff covered, from latest psychological studies to trends in investments. What isn’t covered (thank God) is “what Nat’s listening to this week” or “Nat’s favorite tea.”"
"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."
"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."
"I enjoy the variety of his topics, that are really original and have themes that I haven't seen before or anywhere else. So keep the great job and I am anxious to see more of Nat's blogs in the future!"
"As a new reader of the Monday Medley, I quickly realized the value Nat delivers with a perfect combination of original ideas and worldly wisdom distributed through a wide variety of topics. If you're looking to expand your knowledge and upgrade your thinking, look no further, you've come to the right place."
"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."
"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 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!"
"Medley is a multidisciplinary newsletter. I find many many interesting facts and news from this and it keeps my creativity juices flowing."
"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."
“Nat’s Monday Medley is the only email newsletter that I actually look forward to each week.”
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"The Medley is an impartial and well-curated collection of timely insights that make me a more well rounded person upon reading."
"The Monday Medley always has a mix of different ideas and viewpoints each week. This newsletter expands my horizons on interesting topics in the world, and I highly recommend it!"
"The only email I'm eager to open every week."
"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."
"I so enjoy the lead- in thread, always attention grabbers!! Nat lines up the medleys & gives you options to click on the links if your interested in hearing more, because let’s face it, time and options rule the world. 🌎"
"Nat's Monday Medley is a must. I am Spanish speaker (born and living in Madrid) learning English and sometimes, I do not understand everything he writes. But he is helping me a lot, to 1) open my mind, and 2) improve my English."
Victor de la Fuente
"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!"
"The Monday Medley is a great mix of interesting topics and ideas. Anyone who loves information and being up-to-date on hot topics needs to get signed up for Monday Medley. It's free, it's fun, what's not to love?"
"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."
"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."
"One of the only email newsletters I receive that I actually look forward to and enjoy reading. If you don't get your Medley you are missing out!"
"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."
"I've been really enjoying them. Always well written and interesting. I've ended up reading and sharing a lot of the articles."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Huge fan of how transparent you've been with your life. I really loved the year-end review."
"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."
"I’ve been reading Nat’s Monday medley for more than 2 years... And I never missed one. That’s how good they are."
"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."
"Nat’s weekly email is a breath of fresh air in my inbox. There are VERY few email lists I have been on for an extended period of time and this one made the cut. The info is super diverse, intriguing, and delivered in a no BS way. I also love supporting a fellow entrepreneur. Nat’s journey is really inspiring as I build multiple businesses and I’d definitely call him a mentor of mine."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"The Monday Medley is so good and wholesome that I have unsubscribed from all the rest!"
"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."
"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. 🙌"
"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."
"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 Monday Medley is one of the few newsletters I have subscribed to on my personal email account. It has given me countless new recommendations for articles to read and your insights mixed in the bunch is really interesting to read."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."