[thelist] Newsletter as HTML Email

Steven Streight steven.streight at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 11:31:41 CST 2007

To mashup both blogs and email, you can have a Feedburner or Bloglet email
subscription function. Your cousin sets up the blog, then adds a email
subscription widget that enables family to sign up for email alerts each
time the cousin posts something to the blog.

You could gain admin privs, be on the "team" of cousin's blog, so you could
do any blog tweaking for him, like setting up the RSS feeds, email
subscription widget, etc.

The image uploading is so easy, he'll have great fun with it, in the Blogger
platform. And you'll want to set up comment moderation, maybe a password
protection, to keep out spam comments. Don't need captcha if you have mod,

On 1/31/07, Barney Carroll <barney at textmatters.com> wrote:
> Emphasise the RSS feed. The way I use feeds (via Thunderbird, my email
> client), RSS feeds are mailing lists plus. In fact with RSS I no longer
> see the point in mailing lists.
> If you don't have a mail client as good as Thunderbird (the upcoming
> Outlook will not support any degree of complex CSS, and will instead try
> to propagate a new Microsoft-proprietary Word-based XML language for
> 'rich' emails), then you can get cleverly tagged XML RSS that will give
> you a text equivalent, or just a title and description, before you
> follow the link to the actual URL (or not).
> With Windows and Apple building RSS-readers into their OSs (it took
> Vista's dock for my brother to even acknowledge the existence of RSS),
> this is in my eyes a far brighter idea than trying to implement HTML
> email, which I consider to be rightfully deceased.
> Regards,
> Barney
> Steven Streight wrote:
> > Another alternative to an email newsletter with photos in it, to share
> with
> > family and friends, is to simply set up a *free* blog.
> >
> > I recommend a blog because then you can update it with more than just
> > photos. You can put audio podcasts, video player embeds of webcam or
> > camcorder videos, and textual content, and your family and friends can
> post
> > comments to the blog.
> >
> > I strongly suggest Blogger <http://www.blogger.com> as the best blog
> tool
> > for photo, audio, and video uploading. WordPress and some other blog
> > platforms are a pain to upload photos and art to. I suggest
> > YouTube<http://www.youtube.com>as the spot to upload your videos to
> > and then get the code to put the embed
> > player in your blog. I suggest Odeo <http://odeo.com> as a free podcast
> > studio, mp3 converter, and player embed tool.
> >
> > Of course, I'm not being paid to say any of this. heh
> >
> > ;^)
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