My friend is looking for email list software to send campaigns and newsletters. Her requirements are below and I am addressing her specific requirements as it relates to MailChimp, her service of choice. I have also provided a few additional resources if you are interested in this topic.
Does MailChimp Meet the Requirements?
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Send email campaigns (and newsletters)
Submit email address (to subscribe)
Download eBook (or gift)
MailChimp will meet my friends specific requirements. But of course a deeper dive with the software should be undertaken to understand fully how it will meet the goals of her business.
Email Newsletter Software Vendors
- AWeber – http://www.aweber.com/
- MailChimp – http://mailchimp.com/
- Jetpack Subscription (Provides RSS to Email Service only) – https://jetpack.com/
- Zapier of List of Email Newsletter Software
Email List Resources
- Should You Move Blog Subscribers To MailChimp?
- How to Switch from JetPack Subscription to MailChimp, AWeber, etc
- Why You Should Start Building Your Email List Right Away
- Comparison of Five Post Notifications Solutions for WordPress
- (Old but provides a framework for comparisons)
- Problogger.net Email List Posts
So if you haven’t figured out by now I have been setting up a combination photoblog. and blog.
A photoblog (or photolog) is a form of photo sharing and publishing in the format of a blog. It differs from a blog through the predominant use of and focus on photographs rather than text. Photoblogging (the action of posting photos to a photoblog) gained momentum in the early 2000s with the advent of the moblog and cameraphones.
I have gone through two hosts: SquareSpace and GoDaddy self-hosting. I loved SquareSpace but was having trouble with the enormous amount of images that I want to share. I also did not like the way it shared post on social media. If any of my non-technical friends are looking for a website and blogging platform, I still would highly recommend them.
I tried to have multiple blogs for multiple niches. Forget that my photography niche is not really a niche, it is multiple interests. But having two blogs because I want to focus on photography and the things that interest me outside of that such as learning and development, learning technology, project management, Agile, technology, and other things was not working either. I just want to share what I want to share and if someone can learn from it, I am happy. So this blog is multi-facted.
Now back to the topic of photoblogging. I looked for references on photoblogging. The one small problem with many of the references is that they ended up being references to how to setup WordPress. They did not focus on the topic of what strategies are good for photoblogging. I saw many wonderful examples of photoblogs, but still not strategies. So basically I am making up my own. Share everything, but try to aim for sharing a small amount of text with any images that I share and try to select the images that are the most interesting or that tell the story. Below are a few of the references that I found. Even if they were focused more on the technical setup, they were good.
Here are a few photoblogs that I have discovered along the way. They may be in the lists above but I have personally found them pleasing.
- Trey Radcliff’s Stuck in Customs
- The Candid Frame Podcast (Really the site for the podcast but has images)
- 50 Wonderful Inspiring Photoblogs (many are inactive but still have nice images)
It could be that photoblogging is really being fulfilled by Instagram, Flickr, 500px, and Facebook. I could just post my pictures there and be done with it. But will these services stay around? Probably, but I would rather just take the responsibility of posting my pictures to my own blog and then sharing them to other sites. And with the multipurpose niches of my blog, it will help me to keep everything in one place.
I attended the Capital Area Blogging Diva’s Meetup yesterday. The group is focused on blogging. In the recent past my blog has been very eclectic. After the meeting I decided that I am going to focus on my photography. The photography will be of my excursions that are near and far. The name of the site will be The Viable View. Viable represents: Being Real, Practical, Expandable, and having the Ability to Grow.
I would like to purchase a tablet. It will possibly be an Android based tablet. I rather like the idea of having magazines on that tablet. I can download copies of ASTD’s T+D Magazine and PMI’s PM Network since I am a member of both organizations. The problem comes when it is time to read the magazines on my Droid 2. The screen is a nice size for most things, but I just can’t seem to want to read the magazines on my phone. The screen needs to be BIGGER.
In fact, when I get this tablet, it will help me move to the paperless revolution that was started so long ago and never actually materialized. 🙂
In this article on The 10 Best Corporate Blogs in the World, Mark Schaefer has gathered great information. I really do like the fact that he included the original goal of the blog. This could be very useful when looking at the actual blogs and seeing how they addressed the goals.
Since I am trying to fulfill my post a day resolution, I thought this was very interesting.