I've had the daily-ish email for many years now. It has a pretty strong following.
At the same time, there are lots of tastes. And our web site has grown and grown! So many more people! And there have been some email-based features where our old setup wasn't getting the job done - so we are in the middle of a major overhaul of all of our email stuff.
A lot of forums will send an email out about once a week to tell you about the top threads of the week. The downside of this, for me, is that once a week is too often. And there are some parts of the forums I like a hundred times better than others - but the email just takes a cross section of all the emails. So we finally got this implemented on our site, only everybody can configure it to their own liking. It defaults to 12 things every 12 days. And you can configure which forums you like and how much you like them.
The daily-ish email has been moved from aweber and into our forum software. We are now sending those emails from this server. This should reduce confusion on a lot of points - some people were insisting that they were registered for the forums, but we found out that they were just registered for the daily-ish email.
Some people wanted to be on the daily-ish just to find out when authors would be hanging out at the forums, or when we were giving away stuff as part of a promotion. So we have now set up the weekly email for that.
And now we have the monthly email. Still made by hand, and will be an attempt to just convey a few things once a month.
And all of this is still getting mushed around and optimized. What have we left out? Any bugs in the system?
I love it! I really love the daily-ish also, and make sure I don't miss it. Yet I find that I sometimes lose track of the big picture. If the monthly-ish includes a summary of where all the lab/empire projects have gotten to and where they are going next, then maybe I wouldn't lose track.
Best wishes for the PDC/AT. Wish I could be there! I'll especially miss the huckleberries.
I just received the first monthly email, and I think I like it better than the dailyish, because it has content worth reading even if I'm no longer online and just reading my email inbox.
My impression of the dailyish was that it was just excited happy links to current threads, so it was frustrating to read it when I was offline. And when i get online and have time I look over recent threads anyway so I didn't find the dailyish to be useful and cancelled it.
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