@cm ah another Buttondowner :). I've only recently relearnt to embrace the simpler stylings and actually it seems to have increased my open rate which is interesting.
@kaa It’s hard work trying to make things more simple, isn’t it? I’m trying to limit the amount of tools I use. IaWriter and copy/paste into Buttondown works for me. Maybe there’s a drafts action or Siri shortcut to make the process easier but I’m exhausted by tinkering these days. Whoa, I went off on a tangent, apologies.
Your newsletter has lovely illustrations and art, how do you deal with the images? Upload somewhere, then link them with markdown I assume?
@cm No worries!
@ChrisJWilson Yeah, it’s kinda weird, you have to offer their minimum price, and then can offer discounts on that. I haven’t done enough work on the “premium” part of mine yet to warrant actually charging folks, so I’m comping folks that I know. But I do want the podcast part non-public, requiring some level of buy-in, so having it behind the paywall (or freewall) gets that done.
@cm Ha I hear you completely. I found that I was spending hours on writing and researching my newsletter, then I would end up spending a few more hours formatting the thing in Mailerlite so that it could look a certain way. It was enough friction to make me forsake the final look of the newsletter in favour for simplicity.
Top tip: You can email a draft to Buttondown. If in iA, you get it over to draft (through the share) then install a markdown email action (depending on your preferred client) and off it goes into Buttondown. Or just copy paste :).
So for the images I actually host Stet.Build on Blot. So all of my images are hosted there.
@kaa @cm I went ahead with revue for the simple composing interface. Given I mainly want to share a few links and a short commentary, I needed something which allowed quick capture and paste for them. And still look cleaner. Same archive online is a plus.
Buttondown looks a great option for text first newsletters though. //@ChrisJWilson
@ChrisJWilson This is great, Chris! I have a weekly newsletter titled Ringo Dreams Of Lawn Care which is loosely about music-listening + music-making and how technology changes the culture around those things. So, in the 'music' category, basically. Here's the link: ringodreams.substack.com -- thanks!