About Your Service
Which newsletter service do you use?
How long have you been using this service?
Are you a convert from another service and, if so, why?
How did you choose it (ie: what criteria were important to you?)
What do you like best about it? The worst?
It’s the cheapest service I’ve seen. It’s probably less user friendly than some of the more expensive ones. But the people who run it are very helpful. It doesn’t have info on “open rates” like the more expensive services do, so I don’t know how many subscribers might actually be reading it. Also creating a beautiful newsletter with HTML graphics isn’t user friendly on Worldresponders, at least as far as I know.
What, if anything, is the cost?
$15 per month for up to 4,000 subscribers
About Your Newsletters
How often do you send a newsletter (or how many have you sent so far)?
My newsletter is for my homeschool curriculum business. When people sign up for the newsletter (initially to get a freebie), they receive 10 newsletters from me in sequence, one every few days, and then don’t get any more. However I can email everyone on the list whenever I want, when something comes up. The idea is to give them info that they’d like to have, for free, so they develop some loyalty to me.
What is the purpose of your newsletter?
To inform homeschoolers and develop loyalty.
How easy (or difficult!) do you find creating your newsletters? Why?
I find it very hard to sit down and generate copy for a newsletter on a regular basis. So I rarely do it.
What do you always try to include in each letter?
The same greeting at the top, the same signoff. I haven’t bothered with HTML graphics but I’m thinking it would be a good idea.
About Your Subscription Base
How do your subscribers find your email sign up?
It’s in the sidebar of most pages of my website/blog.
Do you offer an incentive for new subscribers?
Yes, a useful e-lesson.
Are your subscribers the same people who are your Facebook fans, or who follow your blog or Twitter?
I don’t know.
Phyllis Wheeler is known as the Computer Lady from Motherboard Books. A mechanical engineer by trade and a veteran homeschooling mom by choice, Phyllis has taken many programming courses over the years and was worried her kids would fall behind in computer skills. She decided to create curriculum for homeschoolers based on the Logo computer language because it isn’t dry mathematical code, but interactive and fun for kids. Through this, she’s helped many kids build a solid foundation of computer knowledge.
Available courses include Computer Science Pure and Simple Curriculum (Book 1 and Book 2) for age 12 and up, and Logo Adventures Curriculum for age 8-12. She’s also developed some e-books to show homeschoolers how to make a website. For younger kids, there’s Let’s Make a Web Page. For older, Web Site ABC’s. Find the details at Motherboard Books.
An aspiring novelist in Christian women’s fiction, Phyllis also blogs here.