Before I get to today’s embroidery-related post, I just wanted to clarify a few points concerning yesterday’s post, where I asked for feedback on my daily newsletter that comes in your e-mail, if you are subscribed! I’m afraid I may have left a few people confused, so I wanted to assure you of a few significant things!
Thank you for your e-mails and comments on yesterday’s post! I received an influx of e-mail this morning, and instead of responding individually (well, I will with some, but I can’t with all!), I thought it’s best to clarify here, just in case there are some of you thinking the same things, yet didn’t e-mail!
The daily “newsletter” from Needle ‘n Thread, as it is right now, is powered by Feedburner, a free service for me. For those who subscribe to the e-mail newsletter (via the box in the right column on the website), you receive in your e-mail each day the previous day’s post. Right now, there is nothing extra. The whole thing is automated, and that’s how it works. Basically, in your e-mail inbox, you just see an e-mail from me (from Needle ‘n Thread) and it has all the text and pictures from the previous day’s post.
Should I enroll in a service that costs me, don’t worry! It won’t cost you anything! I’m not planning on charging for my e-mails! (Yikes!) It would just make life a lot easier for me, and enable me to do some more creative things with my subscribers. It would be, in short, “fun” for me!
What I’m thinking about, for example, are things like e-mail groups. I may want to pass on, let’s say, some specific information about goldwork to those who are specifically interested in goldwork. If I had a group of subscribers to “Goldwork on Needle ‘n Thread,” I might send out a special newsletter (every now and then – nothing daily or even weekly!) that is sent just to those people. I might not do groups, but at least I would have the option, if it seemed like something my readers wanted.
Also, I would have the ability to send subscribers special information – like advanced notice of give-aways, or perhaps discounts at needlework retailers (if I could manage talking a purveyor into something like)… little special things now and then. Wouldn’t that be fun?
And, finally, it would eliminate some glitches that I’ve had with the e-mail newsletter service I use now. I’m hoping one thing it will eliminate is the major problem concerning AOL – it seems very few, if any, AOL users who sign up for my newsletter actually ever receive it. That’s the pits. I’d like to clear that problem up, if possible.
So, just to summarize: 1. right now, you’re not missing anything if you’re not signed up for the newsletter and you read me in your feedreader or just check in daily, and 2. I wouldn’t charge you for my e-mail newsletters! Going to a paid service (that I pay, not you) is something ultimately for my benefit, that I think would benefit you, too.
Ok, that’s cleared up! Feedback? Feedback? Anyone?
Now – on to today’s embroidery stuff – in a different post!