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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    Because I READ HIS BLOG I've been toying with TinyLetter.

    I made a Newsletter called The Occasional Bitslice.

    A sample of the content from the first newsletter is in this blog post.

    It may largely be of interest to my friends at this point, though people here might find it interesting.

    In fact, I think I would personally find newsletters from many of the people here interesting.

    In fact again, it would be interesting to have several newsletters from interesting people hitting my inbox and giving me an actual reason to go looking in there other than to clear out spam and dig for that one email with the flight itinerary or the UPS tracking code.

    So, anyone else playing with TinyLetter?
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    I can't read your newsletter without subscribing. Is your newsletter stored on their website? Can Google find it? As an altenative: your own blog, with RSS subscribers?
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    I am interested in your ideas and have subscribed to your newsletter.

    I miss Bad Signal. I miss having interesting thoughts dropping into my inbox at random intervals, so yeah, I think I may do this as part of my soon-to-begin push to be more active on the web. And I will also subscribe to anything Whitechapel's denizens put out there, because there are interesting people here with fascinating brains, consuming the web-excretia of which would probably do my own brain some good.

    S.
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    I can't read your newsletter without subscribing. Is your newsletter stored on their website? Can Google find it? As an altenative: your own blog, with RSS subscribers?

    You may be missing the point of an email newsletter.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    You may be missing the point of an email newsletter.

    Yes, I surely am: what *is* the point of it?

    I'm a bit averse to storing my data in someone else's silo; but I admit that many users wouldn't be up to configuring RSS on their own machines as an alternative.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    I'm a bit averse to storing my data in someone else's silo;
    There's your breakdown in communication, right there. You're not *storing* data. You're *sending* it. Hence "email" not "blog". Email. Mail. No postage necessary. Hit send and let the electricarrier pigeons fight rain and sleet and dark of night to inject it directly to the inbox brains of your loyal subjects...

    ...I might have gotten a bit carried away there. What was I saying? Oh yes -- if you want a copy for posterity, subscribe yourself to your own newsletter. Otherwise, the point's not archival (although, with gmail et. al., I'm sure some folks will amass archives of their own -- plenty of folks have shoeboxes of letters, too). When you send an email (you do use email, yes? good) what's the point? Different things for different occasions, I'm sure-- but I doubt it's often to have a public google find it, is it? Right. Now just bcc more people, who've specifically asked to be bcc'd. Result.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    Cerebralwyrm's a-z
    -fringe science, collected and distilled. silly and strange stories sent a little bit faster than a whisper- I'll use it for what ever interests me at the moment.
    Also looking for people to subscribe to. or to me; whoever runs away first.
    Thanks for opening a thread on this Oddbill.
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    Things Never Said - Sparks from the Van de Graff generator in my head.

    I have been thinking of using this since Warren pointed out. Will probably end up using this as a testing space for pieces intended for Ectoplasmosis and other places.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    When you send an email (you do use email, yes? good) what's the point? Different things for different occasions, I'm sure-- but I doubt it's often to have a public google find it, is it?


    When I send an email, it's generally a) personal (person-to-person), and b) transient/temporary.

    I'll sometimes, also, send to a listserv; that's equivalent to posting on a public or private forum.

    I imagined that an "email newsletter" was, like a blog, for publicity: and that that's better if it's readable/findable by other people in the future, who weren't subscribed at the moment when the letter was first created.
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    I am now broadcasting at Bastard Words. And also subscribing to everyone else's feed.

    S.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    This plan is working out better than I anticipated. (Subscribed to you all!) I'm looking forward to all the new email, and I can't say I've thought that in a while.

    @Fan - the questions you are bringing up were actually things I wondered about when I read Warren's post about a new email newsletter service... who does email newsletters? Why do it? Why not just put it on the blog?

    What I'm thinking is:

    1) Nobody reads my blog (an exaggeration, but not much of one. Nobody reads most peoples' blogs)
    2) People who go to the trouble of subscribing to a newsletter will most likely read it.
    3) People who receive the newsletter can reply to it and I'll get those replies. It's like a comment filter that makes it like 99% more likely the commenter is an intelligent human being.
    4) It isn't public, it's exclusive.

    The last one is kind of the winner. It's almost invite only. I don't know exactly what that means as far as my thing goes yet, but it seems like when privacy is evaporating and all things everywhere freeze out in public forever, that having some channel of information that is temporary, restricted and not easy to google is maybe valuable.

    It's also a channel to an audience inclined in your direction, so, like Ginja, I'll probably use it to test out written ideas for other venues. I can throw things in there and get them in front of peoples eyes without having to worry if they are polished up for ever-after posterity.

    With a bunch of us here cross subscribing, and probably bringing in friends we all have who are interesting but not typing in this particular forum, we'll be making a semi-exclusive back channel for culture. Things will cross pollinate in a protected ecological niche. Maybe down the line, monsters will crawl out of it and afflict the wider web.

    I'm very interested to see what other people here do with this.
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    4) It isn't public, it's exclusive.

    Yes.

    And also, more intimate. Right in your inbox. Which means, for many people, it's right into their hand, and for some people, right on to their pad...
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      CommentAuthortim12s
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    I'm going to be starting an intermittent brainfeed called The FacePunch. Subscribe by clicking on some link or something...

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by TinyLetter



    Put in your email and click the link to let me inside you.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2010
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    This is really very neat and clever and I enjoy such things and will update this post later with a clicky bit for the one of you who is interested.
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    3) People who receive the newsletter can reply to it and I'll get those replies. It's like a comment filter that makes it like 99% more likely the commenter is an intelligent human being.


    This! I sent a message out early this morning and received two replies which reminded me of facts I knew but should keep in mind. Comments with meaning.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2010
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    I think I'm going to start one of these....though for what exact purpose, I'm not sure yet...

    Well, I did, that took two seconds:

    http://tinyletter.com/steevo

    I think I'm going to intermittently write about writing, or the problems/solutions I'm encountering while doing so. At least that was my first instinct, so we'll see where that goes. Anyone interested feel free to sign up.
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      CommentAuthorAzabith
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2010
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    This is a great idea, could be a way to overcome the censorship in some countries. A more intimate way of reaching out as Warren mentioned.

    I'll be subscribing to the newsletters mentioned here.

    Also i do miss Bad Signal.
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2010
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    This sounds like a good idea. I was actually lamenting, just the other day, that I would use twitter to push out random bits of nonsense, but disliked being limited to 144 characters. The internets, they provide....

    Calling it Notes Toward Madness for now.
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      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2010
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    I hope to send out some childishly doodled comics every once in a while, before they go wherever they will be going. I have a few finished ones that will be on peoples websites or in minicomic anthologies or wherever, that I'll send through there first. or something. http://tinyletter.com/ACDPcomics
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      CommentAuthorconjured
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2010
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