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manton
manton
Introducing email newsletter subscriptions manton.org
SimonWoods
SimonWoods

@manton 🎉 Awesome! I love the integration mindset of blog first; it just makes sense.

Also, that's the second time in the space of a week you made my life a lot easier. 🍻

SimonWoods
SimonWoods

@manton ... although, I can't see the tab in the sidebar. Is there a gradual roll-out or should it be live now?

cygnoir
cygnoir

@manton Hooray! This is something I’ve wanted for so long. Thank you! 😊

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@manton This is amazing. I’m not sure it works for me — because I’ve been using different domains for Micro.blog and (for now) Substack. But I’ll certainly take a closer look. And thanks for the work you’ve put into it.

sonicrocketman
sonicrocketman

@manton This is so cool! Glad to see Micro.blog entering the fray here. The micro-post batching is pretty cool too. Congrats on the release!

andrewsio
andrewsio

@manton oh wow! This looks amazing.

ptrck
ptrck

@manton this looks excellent! Very very intrigued.

iChris
iChris

@manton Nicely done! That looks perfectly simple and "micro".

manton
manton

@JacekWislocki Can you email help@micro.blog and I’ll update your account? Thanks!

numericcitizen
numericcitizen

@manton Instant plan upgrade to Premium! Can't wait to try it out and write a quick review post about it!

acfusco
acfusco

@manton This looks great! For the weekly option, is the definition of long post also those with a title (not just over 280 characters)?

manton
manton

@acfusco Thanks! Yes, the length doesn’t matter, just whether it has a title.

manton
manton

@numericcitizen Thank you!

acfusco
acfusco

@manton That's good. Thank you!

cygnoir
cygnoir

@manton Can subscribers unsubscribe themselves easily? I may have missed this in your video.

manton
manton

@cygnoir Yes, I didn't mention it but every email has an unsubscribe link at the bottom.

Cheri
Cheri

@manton Nice feature! Kudos.

lmika
lmika

@manton Feature looks great. Congrats on the release.

Cheri
Cheri

@manton Do the monthly category emails go out on the first day of the following month?

ndreas
ndreas

@manton this is cool. Have to try it out.

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

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manton
manton

@Cheri Yep, on the 1st. If there’s interest we may make that configurable later. I’ve started documenting some other details in this help page and I’ll update it with anything I’ve missed based on questions.

timapple
timapple

@manton This is really cool, I just upgraded. Monthly by catagory is nice, since we can have a newsletter catagory and not include some of the nonsense that may be posted also. But monthly, that could still be a really long email. Weekly by catagory would be nice also if possible in the future. Thanks for all the hard work.

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

@manton Instant upgrade for me.

First enhancement request:

Make those 3 options checkboxes instead of radio buttons. That way they can get long posts, weekly roundup of X, and monthly roundup of Y.

odd
odd

@toddgrotenhuis I imagine all those party-whistles at the same time, and then think “wuwuzela”.

manton
manton

@timapple Thanks for the feedback!

manton
manton

@toddgrotenhuis Thank you! We could make this more flexible in the future. Wanted to start with something that solved a lot of common scenarios in (hopefully) a clear way.

timapple
timapple

@manton One last thing, it seems the preview is only for the every post with a tilte option..I think? But a way to see what our weekly or monthly looks like so far so we can change our mind on adding or subtracting things throughout the month maybe? Sorry, don't want to give you more work, ignore me and chill..lol

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manton
manton

@timapple The preview works the same for the weekly and monthly option except it only creates it 30 minutes before it's ready to send. Micro.blog will send you a preview email automatically with a link to edit it then.

timapple
timapple

@manton dumb question, but what time does it send it? Depending on time zone we may never see it.

manton
manton

@timapple 9am in your local time zone. I thought about that too and didn't want it going out in the middle of the night wherever you are. Might make it a setting later.

timapple
timapple

@manton That's awesome! thanks again. I should of never doubted.

futuregeek
futuregeek

@manton Awesome news! Great idea!

I would love to have the option to send category based newsletters out weekly.

So as an example I could have a newsletter with all the Tesla or EV news in the last week.

manton
manton

@brucegodin Thanks!

ridwan
ridwan

@manton Thanks Manton. This is such a good news! 🎉 An instant upgrade for me! New Year 2022 for Micro.blog is going to be epic!

rcrackley
rcrackley

@manton This is a very unique and cleverly simple implementation of newsletters. The one change I would make is the suggestion from @timapple to have a category-based weekly newsletter option. Thanks!

ridwan
ridwan

@frostedechoes @timapple @manton I would prefer a weekly newsletter option too! Brilliant way to supercharge Micro.blog 🙌

Cheri
Cheri

@manton Throw me in with @frostedechoes and @timapple for wanting a weekly category-based option. (No pressure, I know you’ll want time to shake things out.)

ptrck
ptrck

@Manton a minor add (for consideration) to the weekly option would be to allow a field to designate every week, every 2 weeks, and every 3 weeks. Thank you!

the
the

@manton Excellent! 😃

When you enable email newsletters, Micro.blog also adds a special email address that will be the “from” address for any emails sent for your blog. Your subscribers can reply to your email and Micro.blog will forward the text to you, without having to make your real email address public.

KimberlyHirsh
KimberlyHirsh

@manton This is a phenomenal feature!

amit
amit

@manton Wow, this is brilliant. An instant subscribe for me. Plus it is so close to what I wanted from such a feature. I can finally move all my posting to Micro.blog 👍🏽👏🏽

Also, as others have said @Cheri, @frostedechoes and @timapple have requested, I would love to have a category-based option for weekly (for that matter, for long posts too). This will help keep newsletter posts separate by category :-)

ridwan
ridwan

@amit @manton This is exactly what I was hoping for! I can now move all my posts into Micro.blog 🎉

KimberlyHirsh
KimberlyHirsh

@manton Is there a way to bring over existing subscribers from another newsletter short of subscribing them one-by-one?

manton
manton

@kimberlyhirsh @amit Nope, not yet. We will add an import but I wanted to have a little more experience with real-world use first.

dejus
dejus

@manton nice. Does this work with WordPress-based blogs too, by any chance?

rcrackley
rcrackley

@manton Can you make the block quotes stand out a bit more? Right now, they are only signified by a 1 character indent, so you can easily miss that it's not part of the main text.

amit
amit

@manton If we delete the scheduled email from Newsletter (but not the post), does it cancel only the email delivery? So even if it meets the criteria, it will not be emailed.

manton
manton

@dejus Sorry, nope. It’s just for Micro.blog-hosted blogs.

manton
manton

@frostedechoes Thanks, I’ll look at improving that soon.

manton
manton

@amit Right, it cancels the email but leaves the blog post alone, and Micro.blog won’t try to include that post in future emails.

pimoore
pimoore

@manton Wow, this is just incredible work and in keeping with the core approach of Micro.blog. Thanks so much Manton, can’t wait to fire this up! 🎉 🤩

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@manton - nicely done, Thankyou.

Seconding @frostedechoes request to better manage appearance of blockquote.

Extending that thought … full control over style of email.

amit
amit

@manton Great. That means there exists a way, although manual for now, to publish the posts with title, yet not email them to subscribers. Thank you! 👍🏽

dejus
dejus

@manton fair enough. There are WP plugins for newsletters, though I haven't looked into them.

the
the

@manton I think that being able to select the mailing time will be important to some people (such as myself) who cannot deal with micro.blog during working hours. fwiw

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@manton @frostedechoes

i see on a computer versus a phone - the blockquote distinction is a lot more obvious.

Microlorian
Microlorian

@manton I don't know if I'll ever use it, but the extensions you offer for Micro.blog are fantastic! Thanks for your great work.

jasraj
jasraj

@manton congrats! 🎉 This is brilliant - and I feel like it could be a game-changer.

pratik
pratik

@manton @help Currently, I host two blogs on Micro.blog - one for my short posts and the other for my photos. To use the newsletter subscription photo, do I have to upgrade both to Premium? Currently, I'm more interested in the weekly option for my photos but was thinking if I activate it for my short posts too, I may use it differently than how I do now. But I don't want to double my subscription fees for now.

help
help

@pratik Currently it is per-blog. I know this can be kind of confusing so we may reconsider how it works later.

pratik
pratik

@help I understand. Can I switch to a monthly subcription? Both of mine currently are annual. Just wanted to see if it works for me.

manton
manton

@JohnPhilpin @frostedechoes Looks like this varies between clients too... I'm going to add more of an inset by default and also make the CSS customizable.

SimonWoods
SimonWoods

@manton @JohnPhilpin @frostedechoes It does vary between clients. To the point I was confused by the observations, since it looks fine on my primary client.

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@manton MARVY!!! Thankyou

help
help

@pratik Sure, I've switched you to monthly. If you notice any problems, send me an email and I'll update your subscription. Thanks!

pratik
pratik

@help Much thanks. I'll check out all the premium features now :)