My apologies for the part feed email with the most recent post. I was “messing about” in the backend and flipped that switch to see if something else would be influenced. Then forgot to flip it back. So you got a truncated version of the latest post.
And why is that important?
It’s an interesting thing in my world. I rarely talk about this very personal problem that I don’t share with anybody else in the world. Unlike yourselves I’m sure, I don’t have enough time in my day to read all the things I want to read. I’m told my readers have nothing better to do all day than lay around, eat chocolates, sip fine coffee and have the servants iron the paper so they don’t get ink on their dainty fingers. Yeah, I’m surprised by this as well but I really don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do. It’s a personal failing that I’m working on and I only ask that you have patience with me.
This means when I find somebody I want to read I want the entire article delivered to my inbox. I don’t want to have to be dragged, kicking and screaming to their website to be exposed to their ads, their site counters, and whatever other reasons they have for dragging me into their electronic cave. I want to read their stuff in my way, on my machine when I’m good and ready to read it.
When it comes to reading on the Internet, I’m in charge of what I read.
And that’s how I want to treat my readers. You’re in charge of what you read and I want to deliver the goods right to your inbox. My objective isn’t to drag you to the site but rather to encourage you to read what I write. That’s my bottom line.
This is just a quick note by way of saying that if you have a blog then the fastest way to have people unsubscribe in today’s world is to make them go to the website to read your articles.
Having said that, I note the gardening newsletter has been morphing in that direction as well. I will include links to the site but I’ve gone back to always delivering an article in it.
Treat your readers or consumers of your creative life as you want to be treated. I think somebody already wrote something like this a few years ago. Called it a “Golden Rule” or something. I think Mrs. Bell in grade three told us about this one but I digress.
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Apologies for the part feed. But now you know why you get the full article in your inbox.
INSERT FULL FACE PALM HERE. Of course, I checked to see if the switch was thrown. Of course I didn’t hit “save” after I did it. Why would I bother to do that last step? Really. It didn’t go out full feed? Well, what do you know. Remove foot from mouth. Go to switch. Throw it. Hit save. Now. Things are on full feed. Retires to get another cup of coffee and shake his head.