An archive for my newsletter

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I write a monthly email newsletter in which I share what I’m working on, and am a little more transparent about what’s going on in my life. So far, 432 people have signed up to get it.

Old school newslettering

To help me manage my email reputation, and to get rich stats on who’s opening my emails and who’s unsubscribing, I use MailerLite to create and send my newsletter. Unfortunately, it doesn’t create a useful archive of my newsletters. Without an archive, there’s no way to send someone a link to one of my newsletters.

To get that archive, I considered moving my newsletter to Substack or even to WordPress, but I’d lose the rich stats. What I’ve done instead is create a separate archive site on WordPress. It means copying and pasting each newsletter into that site, but fortunately that takes about two minutes.

Have you thought about signing up for my newsletter, but put it off because you weren’t sure you’d like it? Now you can read it and find out! Just click this button.

If you like what you read, click the button below to sign up for it!


8 responses to “An archive for my newsletter”

  1. Thomas Slatin Avatar

    My wife and I are both writers, and our advice is to publish with WordPress and avoid Substack. Just our opinion on the matter. As for me, I’m off to check out your newsletter. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Thomas! Substack is where all the cool kids do their newsletters now, but I’ve always avoided proprietary systems for my writing and that’s what holds me back from Substack.

  2. Ben Cotton Avatar

    I use Mailchimp for my personal newsletter (previously I used Tinyletter) and phplist for my “professional” newsletter. I think both may offer archives, but I’ve never really checked. I tend to think of my newsletters as ephemeral. If you missed an issue, why would you ever want to go back and read it? But I also put nearly none effort into them, so that’s probably part of it, too.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I thought of my newsletters as ephemeral at first as well. But I’ve gotten some advice that being able to link people to a static URL for each newsletter allows wide sharing and can organically grow the audience. So I’m trying this.

  3. Russ Ray Avatar

    If my testimonial is worth anything, I enjoy the newsletter to read some posts from the archive that I might have missed in the past. For example, the mosh pit story.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Of course it’s worth something! That’s another good use of the archive.

  4. Steve Mitchell Avatar

    Jealous! I had an Olympia typewriter like that and foolishly let it go!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s just a stock photo I appropriated from elsewhere on the Internet. But I did learn to type on one of those in 1981.

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