This week, I decided to do two things I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Start a newsletter and get bookmarks printed.
Now, the newsletter idea has been floating around for a while, but I never did it because WordPress(.com) doesn’t have a built in newsletter system. That meant I have to use at least one 3rd-party application to get the newsletter out there.
However, after reading a very interesting article on the subject, I decided to give it a whirl. It took me a four or five hours over the weekend and a lot of hair-pulling, but she’s up and runnin’! Why the hair-pulling? Well, since I wanted the sign-up form to be a ‘widget’ (one of those little graphics on the side bar) I had to go with another 3rd-party app. And the three of them (WordPress, the newsletter app, and the sign-up form app) didn’t want to play nicely together. Which entailed a lot of backtracking and hair-pulling. But I got it all figured out while I still had some follicles left on the old dome, so I’m calling it a win.
Now, the newsletter even has it’s own page! It’s in the “About” section of the website, if you’d like to check it out. (Or, for those of us who are appropriately lazy, we can just click the picture below. Don’t tell the rest of ’em!)
The idea is to send it out monthly, with all sorts of interesting info about the world of writing. Well, about the ‘worlds’, I suppose it should be. Because everyone who knows me knows that the real world and my world are two completely different places, even if they did have a head on collision. So, the monthly newsletter will have plenty of interesting tidbits about the real world and my world. Between the two of them, SOMETHING interesting ought to seep in, right? Right!
On the bookmark side of things, I designed one last month, and even had the printer picked out. However, at the time (Christmas) even the small outlay to get them printed was an unnecessary expense. However, this month, I decided I had the time and extra cash to expend in a test-print!
Here’s what the front will look like, though the print version will have rounded corners. I decided to go all out and do it with the full clear-coat on either side, too. Don’t you HATE it when your bookmark starts to fall apart because the paper isn’t protected?
Anyway, I ordered them yesterday. Unfortunately, I goofed on the shipping address and then couldn’t get the “address change” form to work, so I had to cancel the order and reorder. The cool part of all this is that the printer I ordered them from had my refund back to me within 30 minutes of my cancellation. Wow.
If their service maintains THAT level of professionalism, I’ll be writing a review, you can be sure! I’m eagerly awaiting the product of this little venture. As soon as they get in, I’ll be telling you all about it.
Until next time, (or next Saturday, at least), have a great week!