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We've Made the Leap!

Posted by Scott Thursday, November 20, 2008

Communicating with our site users and members is at the top of our priority list, and we’ve made great efforts to keep the lines of exchange flowing since we started Photoloom two years ago. For the last year, we’ve published a traditional 4-page newsletter both online and on paper, and, overall, that's worked pretty well for us up until now.

(Except for the time when someone decided to mark our email as SPAM, which - long story short - resulted in our former Internet provider not only shutting down our server, but blocking our access to it as well. Well, we live and learn. Needless to say, we now have a new Internet provider and a dedicated server of our own.

However, with the recent launch of Family Photoloom web-service to the public, we find ourselves entering a new phase, and our perspective on the best ways to communicate continues to evolve.

As you might expect, we attend a number of Family History conferences, and we have the opportunity to talk with a wide array of people in the Family History community . We are excited to see that a vast majority of family historians continue to embrace Internet technology with open arms, and, notably, blogging is becoming an increasingly popular and practical mode of communication for both family historians and the companies designed to serve them. We fall into both categories, so blogging seems a natural step forward for us.

With this new insight, our first thought was to simply discontinue our newsletter and rely exclusively on blogging to communicate news and information to our site users. Renee, however, being our in-house advocate for the technically shy (my words, not hers) convinced me that some of you, particularly those who still enjoy a good book made of real paper (her words, not mine), might not immediately make the leap into a blog RSS feed with us.

Well, we don’t want to lose you in that chasm between newsletter and blog, so we’ve come up with a hybrid solution! We will continue to offer a variety of instructional, informative, and enlightening articles to you, but each piece will now be published ‘blog style’ - one topic at a time. This means you won’t have to wait a whole month to read about new resources for family historians or receive information on new Family Photoloom features.

You can have articles sent to you in one of two ways (or you can choose both if you want!):

1. Subscribe to our RSS feed: To do this you will need an RSS Reader (called a “feed reader” or “aggregator”). Once you have an aggregator, simply click on the link we have provided.

2. Subscribe to our monthly digest: (No aggregator needed) This is a monthly digest of our blog content: with this option we will email you a quick summary of our content once a month.

* For more information about, or a list of, RSS feed aggregators, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggregator.

Speaking of receiving email from us, please take a moment right now to set up your email filter to accept email from News@photoloom.com. And PLEASE, PLEASE do not mark our email as spam. You will always have the option, right in the email, to be removed from our distribution list.

If you are new to blogging, learn more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogging.

Our Pre-Blog Newsletter content can be found at Photoloom Newsletter Archive.

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