Those were the first words of UX Writing Weekly issue #1 from Nov. 2018.
Looking back, I’m glad to see that we’ve remained steadfast in our mission—200 issues later and we’re still delivering the best UX writing content every week.
It’s been more than four years since I first met Yuval through a mutual friend. When we first spoke over the phone, Yuval was bursting with enthusiasm. He told me about his idea for a UX writing course and asked if I’d help him out with the newsletter he wanted to launch.
But Yuval had some doubts back then. A few weeks after he first shared his idea, he called me again sounding disheartened. He had just found out that someone else with big-name connections was also planning to launch a UX writing course. How could he, an unknown Israeli product designer, compete with Silicon Valley insiders?
I didn’t have a good answer for him, and honestly, I was a bit worried too. But I played it cool. My advice of, “Man, don’t even worry about it—do your thing,” must have worked. In the months that followed, we launched the newsletter, built the first iteration of the course, created the Writers in Tech podcast, and the rest is history. Four years, 200 issues, and 14 cohorts later, we’re still going, stronger than ever.
Turns out that grit, dedication, and consistency are what you really need to be successful.
We work hard around here. Nights and weekends aren’t uncommon. But every time a student tells us they landed their dream job, or that our course changed their life, it makes it all worth it—it’s the best part of the job.
But hey, we have a lot of fun too! So in the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite moments from past issues in a section called “That time when…”
We’ll revisit our ‘90s-themed issue, the time when Yuval hand-wrote letters to random people’s moms, and lots more goofiness. See you then!