The very first Deliberate Living Systems email was sent in October of 2015.
After presenting at the 2015 Fall Farm Workshop, hosted by J&S Poly Farms – an email list seemed like the best way to keep in touch with all the great new friends who attended my Basic Fall Plant Propagation presentation. It was a great way to keep in touch with everyone and give a big thank you to everyone who supported Steve Harbolt, his family and the other presenters.
Initially, I was slow to send emails with regularity for the remainder of the 2015 calendar year. As we moved into 2016, I was sending weekly emails and sharing them throughout social media. In January and February, I was invited to speak about Permaculture and subsequently began asking people if they wanted to be a keep in touch via email…and the community grew.
By mid-February, I announced to my core group of fans – that the email list was changing. There was more interest in Deliberate Living Systems, and I decided to integrate the J&S Poly Farm email list with everyone else that attended speaking events, along with a few customers, and other people who had signed up on account of interest garnered via social media.
During the months of March, April, and May – the emails contained a good variety of content, and were slightly easier to assemble than regular blog posts, which was important, because time was something that I was lacking. However, while the method of delivery may have been easier for me to compile, I felt that the emails were becoming increasingly difficult to read.
The more I learned, the more I wanted to share…but all of this content in an email was cumbersome. Personally, if I can’t process an email in two minutes, it is turned into a task to be addressed at a later time (based on my task / project management protocol). I decided to address this content in periodic blog posts, and then simply link to them in the weekly email.
Many of the mentors and people I had been following assembled their emails in a similar manner. I was trying to implement patterns I was noticing within my own work. Some people who inspired changes to content creation and email delivery were Diego Footer, Geoff Lawton, Michael Hyatt, Paul Wheaton (via Permies.com), John Ackley, Daniel Vitalis, and Tim Ferriss.
I tried to assemble emails in an easy to read format, especially on a smartphone. I wanted to provide as much information as possible, in an easily-digestible format, in a way that allowed the reader to access what they wanted, when they wanted, and how they wanted. The result was the very first installment of “The Sunday Review” on Sunday June 19, 2016 (see here).
At that time, the Sunday Review contained
- What’s New in the Blog
- The Great Void
- Current Reading Material
- What’s Coming Up This Week
- (Lunar References)
Stay tuned for more history on the Sunday Review!