It might be news to a lot of you, but yes, we do have email notifications. We set them up through Feedburner years ago when we were still on Blogger and they’re still working to this day. A few people even still get them. We haven’t gone out of our way to promote them since we moved everything over to our own domain because they’ve been on the list of things we wanted to look at changing at some point, but for one reason or another we haven’t gotten around to them. But I started thinking about them again recently and I have a couple of questions that I wouldn’t mind getting some feedback on. You don’t have to be a current subscriber to chime in, of course.
- If you were to sign up for emails about new posts, would you want those emails to come once a day or as new posts were published? Our current system delivers the full text of the previous day’s posts in a digest the next morning, because that’s the only option that 2007 us had. Switching to real-time would let you see things more immediately and better pick and choose what you want to take the time to read, but I also understand that some of you may not appreciate being buried in messages if one or both of us happens to go on a posting spree. That doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to, but it’s not out of the question.
- If you happen to know anything about both WordPress and email notifications, do you have any plugin and/or service recommendations? Even if the thing is basic and dead simple, that’s fine. We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel here. We just want to get emails to the people who want to get them.
You guys are generally a quieter bunch than you used to be, so if you have no opinion and are good with us doing whatever we want, that’s cool. But if you do have thoughts, either comment here or head on over to this page and get in touch with either Carin or I.
And if you want to sign up for those Feedburner emails, you can do that here. We’ll keep them up and running until Feedburner kills them, which I’m legitimately surprised they haven’t done already.