Thursday, March 08, 2007

All the news that's fit to blog

http://sblom.com/mailbox/Let's say I worked for a website devoted to kids' reading and learning, which was part of a major media/publishing company. And let's say that company wanted to create a newsletter especially for bloggers, pointing out fun, interesting, new stuff on the site. Would you want to read it? How often? What would you want it to include? What would make you say "enough of this damn spam?"

I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if you want a copy of such a thing if and when it does materialize, please leave me your email address in the comments or at mayberrymom2006 at yahoo dot com.

8 comments:

Julie Pippert said...

I guess my first question would be: what about this is different than the other email newsletters I get from other blogging web sites, such as BlogHer? Or one of the Parenting blogging groups with newsletters and web sites?

scribbit said...

Yes, I ditto Julie's comment.

Nancy said...

Hmmmm. I don't tend to read a lot of e-mailed newsletters unless I specifically subscribe. That said, I wouldn't be opposed to receiving one if I thought it was good information.

I guess I'd especially be interested in hints organized by the kids' ages (like the way Parenting magazine and other similar resources organize parts of their magazine; e.g., newborn, ages 1-2, ages 3-5, elementary, tween, teen.)

As far as frequency, more than once a week would get on my nerves. Although I've voluntarily signed up for daily newsletters before, I can't stand having them pile up in my inbox when I am busy. Once a month might be good, actually -- I know that's what Cool Mom Picks does.

I would like to receive one if you do end up doing this. I think you have my e-mail. :-)

BlondeMom said...

Once a month is good. Definitely no more than once a week. I subscribe to a few news type feeds for work and they are daily....let's just say most of the time they get deleted.

I'm with Nancy on the organization of the information by age group.

Club Mom sends me a e-mail every damn day and I just delete them now.

I always like the "news you can use" type information and ways to help make learning fun.

Damselfly said...

Ooh, so mysterious!

I like baby health news, ideas on how to play with my baby and articles that debate current parenting topics. And other stuff. I don't know. Does that help?

Bon said...

i too wonder if btwn sites like BlogHer and more traditional parenting newsletter sources like Babycenter, it would be hard to come up with fresh meat in the news department?

that said, i'd still go for it, particularly if it were vaguely entertaining and didn't clog up my inbox every single day. the what of reading matters less than the haha factor in the end.

my email should come with the post...i'm in.

Lady M said...

Interesting. I had to think about this for a while. Twice a month would be fine, although I could tolerate once per week. It'd be nice if you could choose content for several age groups in the same newsletter, so that those with multiple children could still get updates consolidated in one newsletter. Good embedded links, so that if an article title looks interesting, you get sent directly to the article, without having to log in separately. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

There's only one newsletter that I actually read which drives me back to a web site, and that's the High Country News. They send teasers for articles on their site, and about 1/2 the time I'll go to the site to read the full article. So if I were a regular reader of a magazine, then I'd probably appreciate such a newsletter.

I'm wondering why they're targetting bloggers? It does make me suspicious, as if they were trying to get bloggers to promote their advertisers for them.