Irritating Welshmen and Changes To The Newsletter
I almost choked on my coffee last week when a www.andrewshearer.com newsletter subscriber suggested that I'm not very busy at the moment. It's true that I've lost a few days through illness this year but otherwise I've been writing, rehearsing and trying to catch up on the numerous non-creative aspects of this venture. I guess many of these things are "under the bonnet" and so perhaps it's unsurprising that people might think I've either dried, died or given up. However the subscriber's comments were a little surprising as they were after what generally seems to be a well received account of me "dying" on stage a few weeks back. The Welshman's (subtle clue for those that used to work with me) comments have however prompted me to question the purpose of the www.andrewshearer.com newsletter.
The original idea was that the newsletter would only cover significant news and perhaps include a quarterly summary. This was because I didn't want to irritate subscribers by inundating them with newsletter emails. Anyone who was interested in less significant updates could follow via the social networking sites (Twitter,FaceBook, MySpace, ReverbNation etc). However I'm becoming increasingly aware that some of our fans / followers etc via the social networking sites are missing notifications just because they are not logged on at the apposite times. Furthermore, newsletter subscribers might be interested in some of the gig reports and blogs that now occur which are only currently notified via the social networking sites.
The simplest way to resolve this it seems is to increase the functionality of the newsletter so that it mirrors our use of the social network sites. This will mean that newsletter subscribers will receive notifications of all updates on the site. For those subscribers that would still prefer to only get newsletters for very significant news this does not present a problem: either resubscribe with the "lite" option (you don't need to unsubscribe first) or just let us know here and we shall put you on a "newsletter - lite" list which will function exactly as it does now. Hopefully in this way we'll be able to keep everybody at the level of "updatedness" which they prefer and stop those that originate from the western part of this wonderful island being irritating. If anyone can see a problem or is unhappy about the changes, please let me know.
Anyway, what of this quarter's newsletter?
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If you haven't visited www.andrewshearer.com recently, there' are a few things that maybe of interest:
And finally, those of you that have bought At The Water's Edge, thanks! I hope you liked it. And of course thanks for your continued support and interest via this newsletter and Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, ReverbNation etc.
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Have a great Easter,