Friday, October 17, 2008

Do People Still Do The Newsletter Thing?

As a fulltime computer geek, I get all my news via "RSS" feeds.  They actually show up on my portable device (iTouch), and many's the time at 6am on a workday my wife will be watching the news on television while I'm scanning 100x as many stories on my own gadget.  Comes in handy when they say "We'll tell you what Madonna called her husband, right after this commercial break..." and I can tell her because I just read it 5 minutes ago :).

As such, I never bothered with the email newsletter thing.  I figure, if people want to know when I've updated the blog, they can get the feed.  But not everybody's a computer geek, now are they?

So, that's my question.  Were I to open up a good old fashioned email newsletter, would you subscribe?  I couldn't promise regular intervals (certainly not more than once a week), and for the most part it'd be a summary of stuff that had gone on in the blog anyway, but I could definitely put in original content just for the newsletter, as well as expanded details on previously posted stories.

Yes, no?  Help me out here people, it's too quiet for my liking.  You tell me how we can make this the cool place to hang out and talk Shakespeare.


Mary said...

I don't think I would sign up for a newsletter. I much prefer to read your news via RSS. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :-)

Duane said...

Thanks Mary. That's the big statistic I don't know, is how popular RSS is among "regular" folk who aren't in the computer. I know for a fact that there are people who still only see the site's content when they come directly to the site.