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    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Ref: Into The Skid

    Some really excellent thinking-out-loud in that post, Mr. E.

    Content Curation is a pain ref: blogging - soon as you get into that, it kills spontaneity, rapid think-dumps, etc. Looking over your shoulder = blogdeath.

    I swear people's attention-span has shortened even in the last 1 / 2 years, prob. hastened by Twitter / Facebook. Twitter / Tumblr has become an ADD front-end - a funnel / filter - for longer-stuff losted elsewhere wh/ no one reads anyway...

    An Email Newletter has a lot to recommend it. Cuts through the murk.

    Paper / analogue even better, but logistically a nightmare.

    Whatabout some weird halfway house - Papernet - maybe using (something like) Google Cloud Print...your followers register their local printer address (or however it works). Newsletter hosted on GoogleCloud or somewhere similar - followers prompted to print via printer / fax / whatever when nxt ish available...Email for those who don't want paper.

    Downside of print is that this would involve the recipients having to proactively carry out various actions (registering, etc) - in theory, no worse than say registering for a Forum or whatever - but people do seem to be getting more spoonfed passive / effort-challenged / time-stressed / etc. Tho I'm sure that's not true of Whitechapelfolk.

    Wh/ leads into next problem: none of this widens your fame-bandwidth ref: new followers.
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    Very interested in hearing more of your thoughts on what an email newsletter can offer in this day and age. Or maybe just waiting to see how you use it.

    We're constantly hearing that email is an old and dead medium (mostly because of the spam problem) but as someone who makes a fair share of his income designing email newsletters and email marketing campaigns I've never really agreed.
      CommentAuthorMild Maynyrd
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    I read [BAD SIGNAL] through to its end. I used to love getting those in my Box... I for one would really enjoy if you started a new newsletter.
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    FaceBook notes lack size limits. Folks can subscribe to your notes and it could be a way to cast your net.
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    I find that in blogging i'm always looking for the tags in the posts i'm interested in so that I can filter out the mind-farts from the juicy bits. I really enjoy the link-dumping and music-sharing and odds and ends that get either delicately placed or thrown without a care onto warren's blog. It's the variety of all things (that are always going to be interesting) that draws me to check it as often as I do.

    i'm sure there was a point in there somewhere.
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    I generally read anything outside of LJ (which I only view small snapshots of) via RSS, once I've discovered it and had a chance to add the feed. The idea a newsletter isn't a bad thing, but I think in certain levels that gets filtered as well over time, with some people. Now, occasionally putting a little something extra in the newsletter, and perhaps even including a batch of replies to selective comments/queries that may come though it, would likely entice more people to go that route if you specifically wanted that. By selective, I mean in that it allows you to pick a handful you want to reply to, while leaving the unreplied items out of public eye, allowing you to filter out the crazies and the douchenozzles in the process.

    Adjacent to the topic, but related-- is there some way to tell who is RSS feeding your site/blog, as in numbers of subscribers? I would think that would be telling, and probably give as accurate of a headcount to those readers as email subscriptions would accurately portray who was reading their subscribed email.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    You know, I still have a couple of dozen Bad Signal emails in one of my accounts. They were a real pleasure to read; little well written screeds akin to Sterling's old anonymous newsletter.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    Would you be willing to share those? I, unfortunately, found out about Bad Signal far too late.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    OK, I just looked in my mailbox. I have 15 Bad Signals left, all dating from 2007

    You want I should forward them to you? Send me email. Spam protected address: Ess Eee Jay
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    K, you're going to get an e-mail from my account in just a little bit.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    E-mail sent.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
    You should have them by now.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011 edited
    @seantaclaus FEEDBURNER handles statistics of RSS feeds, even down to what RSS readers subscribers are using. Its a Google product now,and pretty useful.

    Just did a search in gmail. I subscribed to BAD SIGNAL on 6/25/08. I have 333 BAD SIGNALs in my gmail archive. From when I subscribed right up to its end. If I can find a way to selectively download just those, I can toss a ZIP on dropbox if others want to wade through it.
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    @Cameron C. - Thank you for that info, it's appreciated.
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    Dropbox is my hero.
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    I don't end up reading as much from via Google Reader, because there're so many posts and there's so much else competing for my time. Google Reader is like having my own private internet, sitting there waiting for me, and there are always over a thousand unread articles. I always made time for Bad Signal, though, and especially enjoyed the pieces on comics theory and craft.

    Maybe an option would be to have different newsletters for different things, sectioned off the way tags on the website are. As much as I love music, I never get around to the music posts on (or here)... I'm backed up on music, and have hours and hours of new stuff on my mp3 player that I haven't listened to even once yet. But I'd sign up for a comics theory/works-in-progress newsletter in a heartbeat.
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011
    I hope these thoughts are the precursor to a new mailing list -- I really loved Bad Signal.

    Perhaps it'll be a TinyLetter thing?
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2011 edited
    I never read Bad Signal actually, and regret it now. I came to know you because of your website (yeah, shame on me, not because of the comics first) and grew to love it because you are always ahead of things, avant-garde on the web and always always interesting, feeding my curiousity.
    Reading some of your comics went as a logical consequence.
    Now the thing is, with Google Reader or feedly or netvibes, I don't exactly visit your website daily per say, but it's like Michaelavolio said, our own little private internet or archives we can check whenever we can. But like you said, blogging is changing, probably as a logic consequence of Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook and with the amount of posts of every website we enjoy we can get every day, time is reducing consequently.
    I'm adding nothing to your post (sorry), but I'm interested - curious, always - in knowing and seeing what's about to come next.