Newslettering (the End of Tiny Letter)

A copy of this was sent out to our TinyLetter subscribers first.

We’ve used Tiny Letter for the occasional newsletter for Antherwyck House Games, but apparently Tiny Letter is going to be going away (it’s getting folded into MailChimp). I am not going to follow along. I’ve had to wrangle MailChimp for other things, and it’s awkward and more burdensome than it’s worth. Maybe there are people who love it and have it worked out. I’m not willing to devote the cycles to that. So we’re going to need to work out what we do henceforth.

If you were a Tiny Letter subscriber, or if you’re interested in being in getting periodic updates on our projects, let us know you’re interested, and how you’d like to be informed. Maybe we’ll end up setting up a listserv once again, and perhaps even have a revival of the old DragonQuest Newsletter.

Blogging fell off toward the end of 2017 (but then, it was 2017, so what else would you expect?). For now, I think I’ll try to be a bit more regular about the posting on the blog. If you were really locked in on the Tiny Letter we sent out (and I really appreciate those of you who were subscribed to it), we didn’t have many of them, and I’m sorry that you’ll have to move to a different system.

There are some social media, but that doesn’t work for all people. My main social media point of contact is Google Plus (G+).  I do use Facebook within some limits. I actively dislike the platform, but I recognize that it’s where a lot of people are, and where they connect. So that account is principally for announcements; if you want to have a conversation (which I’d welcome), either G+ or email are better. We’re also on Twitter (@antherwyck), but again, it’s not a place that’s a focus.

At one point, I was going to try out Patreon, but, last month, they effectively set the platform on fire. They said that small-scale creators (like Antherwyck House) are not what they wanted to focus on. If there were suddenly 100,000 people who wanted to give me 5 bucks a month to work on DragonQuest and other game-related stuff, I’d be happy to embrace that transformation. But I have no illusions that anything of that sort is around the corner. We might try something out when another system comes along, but I don’t think there’s enough of an audience for regular Patreon-type support.

The goal for 2018 is to have a more regular schedule of posting and publication. Whatever form it takes, I’d like to be able to send push notifications to those who are interested. Whether that’s an email, or an announcement on Twitter/FB/G+/your favorite service, or some other form, what would work best for you?

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One Response to “Newslettering (the End of Tiny Letter)”

  1. rthorm Says:

    InInteresting. Got a note about TinyLetter saying they are not going away (at least, not right away). They say there are going to be no changes to Tiny Letter in 2018.

    http://mailchi.mp/6b0e9256cfd5/a-note-about-tinyletter?e=efaa9f51a4

    That doesn’t mean that I’m all set and don’t have anything to worry about. In the long term, it’s still probably better to find an alternative, but it’s less of an immediate concern than I’d been led to understand.

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