Types of holiday specials
This is a format you’ve likely seen in your inbox before — think “What 2021 taught us about [insert your topic here]”. It’s versatile, it works just as well for independent newsletters as it does for organizations, and can fit nicely with whatever you want to write about.
2020 was a particularly fertile crop of year-end roundups as our collective pandemic experience made strangers’ day-to-day lives more relatable than ever before.
One of my favorites was the December 30th issue of Tedium
by Ernie Smith
— a long read that dissected the year in his typical essay-format style.
I enjoyed this issue preview on the Tedium website because it appeals to our shared experience of being utterly baffled by the year that just passed: