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manton
manton

Working on improvements to email newsletters in Micro.blog. I’d like to split out the editing of queued newsletters to instead have a separate per-newsletter “intro” text, with the rest of the email not editable. Does that cause a problem for anyone? Will allow more flexibility in other ways.

ayjay
ayjay

@manton FWIW, I do sometimes remove posts that strike me as irrelevant or no longer of interest. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but I do like having that option.

annahavron
annahavron

@manton I noticed if I edited the posts it didn't show up in the newsletter. Then I discovered you could edit the newsletter. So how do you make changes in the posts, that will go in the newsletter, if you want to edit the content?

manton
manton

@annahavron Good to know, thanks! That problem will go away with these new changes. The latest version of an edited post will always be included.

manton
manton

@ayjay Interesting, thanks. Maybe there should be a way to specifically remove posts by toggling them off in the newsletter.

rcrackley
rcrackley

@manton I occasionally edit the text of the newsletter. For example, to take out an iframe embed. Although I do like the idea of an editable intro, because I always add an intro to my newsletters. The fact that it won't be on the web allows you to be a bit more personal.

numericcitizen
numericcitizen

@manton here another suggestion: display some kind of visual cue (icon of a letter?) on the profile page for those with a newsletter enabled with a link to the subscription.

numericcitizen
numericcitizen

@manton would be cool to be able to preview at any time (on demand) what the newsletter will look like before it gets generated and sent.

jsonbecker
jsonbecker

@manton if I catch it, I sometimes have to edit posts that have short codes which have not expanded.

manton
manton

@jsonbecker I’d like to come up with a solution for that. Not sure how yet, but will think about it.

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manton
manton

@numericcitizen Good idea. 👍

kaa
kaa

@manton I for one love the fact that I dont have to think about it at all. just packages everything by itself and off it goes - automation at its best. I would however like a little bit of control over the design (so header), but also know that email design is not a goos thing to get into…forget about css. Just some minor tweaks.

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@manton Recently I’ve been editing the email so that it includes my email address for replies, whereas the blog post contains a link to my Contact page instead. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, as I could put the email address in the intro.

I usually find some errors in the blog post after I’ve posted it. Am I right in thinking that in future I’ll be able to edit the post in the 30 minutes after posting and have the edits carry through to the email? If so, great, thanks.

manton
manton

@artkavanagh Yes, that’s right. Nothing set in stone yet, though. Want to make sure it works for everyone.

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@manton I find sometimes I have to edit individual posts because they are not displaying correctly in email. For example, quotes never seem to work for me, so I use a different way to display them. I’d hate to loose the ability to make those tweaks.

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@manton Another question. If there is no content for a newsletter, or I delete all content at the editing stage, does that mean that nothing is sent out?

manton
manton

@crossingthethreshold What kind of problems do you have with quotes?

manton
manton

@crossingthethreshold Yes, if there is nothing to send it should just mark it as done but not actually send anything.

manton
manton

@artkavanagh The new system will allow full editing of the template, so you can change the footer to include other contact info. No need to use the intro for that unless you want to.

pratik
pratik

@manton I definitely take out some non-relevant posts or add the ‘more’ tag to some very long posts

manton
manton

@pratik Do you ever use the special <!--more--> comment to be explicit about where a summary should end? And if not, would you if that worked in newsletters?

pratik
pratik

@manton I do use the ‘more’ tag but it doesn’t work in the newsletter. But if it did, that would work for me. Coz I don’t use it on all macro posts

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@manton The Markdown for quoting text just displays as in line text. A long time ago I borrowed some CSS for formatting newsletters that @amit shared. I wonder if that is causing it, but don’t know enough CSS to diagnose the problem.

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@manton That’s perfect. Thanks again, Manton.

numericcitizen
numericcitizen

@manton one quick question: when is the newsletter supposed to be sent when it is configured as a monthly newsletter?

manton
manton

@numericcitizen It should be on the 1st of the month, 9am in your local time zone. Let me know if that's not what you're seeing.

numericcitizen
numericcitizen

@manton got it this morning, I was too quick to conclude to a possible problem