There is emailing “a new post is up” and there is overload. And there is a lot of overload lately. Every site where people go to find the best practices to become a successful blogger tells you to set up email lists, add a newsletter, alert your readers on your social media platforms, etc. They write from their point of view but they hardly keep the reader in mind.
Readers make or break a blog. Every one of us must not overload the other and be respectful of readers’ time.
Here are my views as your blog reader.
1: If your blog is not readable on the WordPress Reader, I do appreciate a short email that a new post is up. However, that does not imply that you can add me to your newsletter listserv or any other marketing service. I also do not want to receive eCards from you. Just the blog post, please.
2: If you blog is on the WordPress Reader, I will select the option to NOT receive notifications by email and read your new posts on the WP Reader. If I can cut the influx of emails I will.
3: If I leave a comment on your blog than you do not have my permission to add me to email lists. If you do, I will filter them out and direct them to automatically go to spam. I may also unfollow your blog if you are not respectful of my privacy or my time.
4: If I agreed to receive your newsletter and all that I find is your blog’s content rehashed without any new information added, I will unsubscribe. Subsequent newsletters get filtered. If there is no added value I will go in unclutter mode.
5: If you emailed me that you have a new post up, I expect you to leave it at that. Automated tweets that your new post is up followed by direct messages on Twitter that your new post is up will make me ignore that new post. I may unfollow you if I asked you to stop and you continue this practice.
As your reader, I have time constraints so use my time wisely!