27.3.07

Email Subscription: What's The Problem?

Spam is the last thing on my mind even though I do get spam emails regularly. I can deal with this problem. I won't lose sleep over it. I just get on with the job.

I've been thinking but not like some of the thinking done by some bloggers.

I think more than 80% of blogs do have an email subscription somewhere on the top right or left corner. Or somewhere thereabout.

I'm not sure how many bloggers ever thought about this. Why not find a blog with good content and information (not necessarily one that belongs to a celebrated blog), submit your email address and get informed of the lastest posting via email. It doesn't cost a cent. At least, you're doing a favour for that blog.

You'll be surprised that many of these
"blue collar blogs" have fantastic content. They write well, too.

I've done that with some blogs that I appreciate very much because of their content. I've realized that once you subscribed to these blogs, it's so easy to be informed of new postings by just checking your emails. Even you can see the pictures or graphics if you activate your HTML.

If you like a particular new post, you can archive it (e.g. in your Google email archive) but if that post is not so interesting, just delete it. What's the problem? You can even unsubscribe anytime if you want to have no more of it.


This way, I get the "news" fast without having to surf all over the place to visit blogs that I want to read. And find that some of them don't load fast enough. Only when I want to take a closer look do I make a trip to that particular blog.


I know, I know. Somebody is gonna say "use RSS feed". That's my alternative, but selected email subscriptions are still my preference 'cos I find RSS feed can be slow to load up (correct me if I'm wrong).

Believe you me, reading up your email subscriptions is a time-saver and quite convenient.

P. S. It's tagging time again today for nine visitors to this blog. Spread the goodwill. Here they are:


Jemmille
http://www.jemmille.com
Where else would you possibly want to be?

Daleng
http://dalesworkathome.blogspot.com
A blog on work at home online business and other interesting things online

Blogpond
http://blogpond.wordpress.com
Blogging with an Australian Flair

Pablo Pabla
http://deliciousasianfood.com
Recipes for home-cooked food and reviews of great Malaysian food

Krynsky
http://krynsky.com
Eclectic mix of technology, poetry, guides, and my ramblings

Villager
http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com
The Electronic Village is a 'virtual village' created in the African tradition with an eclectic collection of insights, input and information...

Amycham
http://amycham.typepad.com
Thoughts on interactive marketing, small business, and miscellaneous web findings

Robyn
http://brainbasedbiz.blogspot.com
Refreshing Business through Arts and Mind

Christine
http://les5sensselonchristian.typepad.com
Fenetre ouverte sur le monde du Voyage travers cultures et rencontres, visions de photographes et chroniques de reporters, recits de voyaes par les emotions et les 5 sens ainsi que l actualite du tourisme.

11 comments:

Robyn McMaster said...

Hi Mark, I didn't comment with the idea you would give back a link. How thoughtful!

I simply wanted to encourage you for some good ideas...

Keep up your great work.

Here's another idea for you to prevent your email box getting too full. Use the Feedburner site to download feeds from blogs you like to a feed aggregator. I currently use Newsgator. Then these are all organized online and you can access when you like. :-)

pablopabla said...

Hi Markk!

That's very nice of you to link me up. Thanks!

I don't use email subscription as I prefer RSS instead. I already have tons of email everyday and having email subscription will just add to the load :P

Markk said...

> Robyn & PabloPabla: Yes, I do use RSS for a lot of feeds. Somehow, there are some personal favourites that I would prefer reading them via email.

Villager said...

Mark - Wow, thanks for sharing the love with this link. More importantly, thank you for sharing a great tip on subscribing to blogs that you like. I've been inspired to move my Feedburner widget up above the fold on the Electronic Village.

peace, Villager

Tisha! said...

does seem convenient however I don't imagine anyone wanting to subscribe to my blog. some actually already use bloglines, google alerts and the sort . I'll check it out nevertheless, thanks Markk!

Markk said...

> Villager: You're welcome and peace to you, too.

> Tisha: It's up to each individual. I may like country music but you may prefer Alice In Chain! Anyways, I had subscribed to your email. I'll double check. Sometimes I can't even remember which username I'm using! Don't laugh!

Amy Cham said...

Aww...how cool are you?!? Thanks for the mention!!!

I watch a bunch of blogs through my Google personalized search page. I get mountains of email and my favorite bloggers would just get lost in the shuffle with my well-intentioned news Alerts.

Markk said...

> Amycham: We've to accept the task we need to do when opening the email floodgate. Well, we've to knuckle down and separate the wheat from the chaff. People may be wondering why I'm so "hardworking" on this aspect. It's the info I want from the email without spending too much time roaming the blogsphere for it. I've unsubscribed a lot of stale emails. If you can devote yourself to daily housekeeping, your email list won't be cluttered.

Danielle said...

The Village is the only spot I know and well worth the visit.

Have a good one Markk

Holly said...

You truly get what you give and I love how cultivating recipricating links and comments works. I also have and enjoy the e-mail subscription option. ;)

Hugs,
Holly
Holly's Corner

Dale Ng said...

I also have the email subscriptions but I'm thinking of switching to RSS feeds. Will make my inbox easier to manage.


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