The BA Newsletter is dead. Long live the blog!

The BA Newsletter is dead. Long live the blog!

The BA Newsletter is dead. Long live the blog!

Bad Astronomy
The entire universe in blog form
Jan. 4 2006 10:37 PM

The BA Newsletter is dead. Long live the blog!

I'm a fretter. I can't help it.

I had this newsletter over at Yahoo!Groups, and I really hated using Yahoo!Groups. The administration was a nightmare, the format was not very good, and I had little real control over things. Even so, I had nearly 5000 subscribers, making it the second biggest astronomy group on Yahoo.

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But now, with the blog, things are so much better. I can update things more easily-- most of you may have noticed I now put up two or three entries a day. That's fun! I can put in images:

and even make them links (go ahead, try it!). I can categorize things (this is under "About the blog", for example), and apply lots of other time-wasting devices.

So I posted a last newsletter on Yahoo, and told people to come here. But of the 5000 subscribers, only about 300 came over.

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So I fretted. What did I do wrong? Was the timing off? Were people tired of the newsletter, or was it so infrequent most simply didn't care anymore?

Then a solution presented itself. Grab the email database of the readers, and migrate it to FeedBlitz, the service I use to let people get the daily updates to the blog in their email.

So I did it. It's doing it right now! I have no idea how many people will subscribe, how many will ignore it, how many will love it, how many will send hate mail. That worries me a bit.

I can't help it. I'm a fretter. But I'm hoping for the best.

So if you're coming here from the newsletter for the first time, welcome! Take a poke through the archives to get a feel for how things work. And you can leave comments as well (though I ask that you be polite)!

This is so much better than the newsletter. :-)