The Joyful ‘toons email list recently passed a significant milestone. I added my 5,000th subscriber. When I started the email list approximately two years ago, if you had told me there would eventually be over 5,000 subscribers, I might have had a difficult time believing it.
The idea of having an email list was suggested to me by two different readers. At first, I managed the list with my Mac Address Book, and sent the email using Mac Mail. As the list grew longer, I began to realize that I needed something better. Then I discovered the Dada Mail computer application. Even with my limited knowledge and experience, I was able to get it set up on my website by carefully following the instructions provided. Now I use it to automatically add (or subtract) subscribers to the list, and to send out my weekly email. I recommend it to anyone who needs to manage a large email list.
I remember there was one time, early on, that for some reason I didn’t get a cartoon finished on time, and so I didn’t send out an email that week. I was genuinely surprised and touched at the number of people who emailed me, wondering why they hadn’t received the weekly cartoon, and asking if I was OK. I hadn’t realized how much people appreciated getting the cartoon in their inbox every week. Now I’m careful to send out a cartoon each week, even if I have to resend an old one.
The weekly deadline to finish a cartoon and get it out in an email has been a good discipline for me. It keeps me on schedule, and I have been able to maintain the pace of one new cartoon per week, rarely missing a week. So, I am thankful to those two readers who suggested the idea of an email list, sometime around two years ago.
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