Re: [NTO] reliable ways to distribute an e-mail newsletter?
- Dean Martineau wrote:
> Hello. I produce a weekly adaptive technology newsletter, mainlyHi Dean,
> directed to the blind community and those who support them. It
> is called Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, http://topdotenterprises.com/tidbits.
> The newsletter has over 1,600 subscribers, but many do not receive
> the e-mails. The newsletter consists of short snippets of text
> followed by links, so it is increasingly viewed as spam. I am
> looking for a way, paid if need be, to get it into the hands of the
> recipients. I've wondered about sending it locally, using some sort
> of clip(s), so that it is not bulk-mailed. I do not presently use a
> local mail server, but could if this would help. Many of the
> recipients do not want to use rss because they struggle enough to
> learn e-mail, so while I offer an rss feed, a reliable way to deliver
> the newsletter by e-mail would be the best.
> I would appreciate any suggestions.
Well my first reaction is RSS ... but you suggest that is not too good
an idea. Try re-thinking it. Thunderbird (and the new Outlook Express
shipped with Vista I think) makes RSS just like email.
The next thing I would suggest is that you drop the link quantity. Why
not simply link to a single page that has the links?
Next I would suggest that you have a look at a great little mailing list
It's the bomb if you have perl available to you. I am available (cheap)
if you need help installing it. It does a great job and even creates
on-line archives. So as an alternative you can refer your people to
that page if they cannot get the whole email thus satisfying the above
suggestion. People with touchy spam filters can request that they just
receive the link to the archive if you set up two lists, one for the
full distro and one for just the link to the full distro.