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Stephen Downes

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You'd think, with newsletters being "all the rage now", that I'd be seeing an increase in subscriptions. Why, early adopters "blogged here two years ago about the idea of writing a solo newsletter." But it's not so simple. What's actually happening is that a few platforms (most notably Substack) with some good marketing popularized the idea of bloggers and columnist using a 'newsletter platform' to write. There would be monetization, of course. You could also use WordPress (use the Noptin plugin) or Ghost but you'll have to set up or find a mail transport service (I use MailGun; I wrote my own client for it, but the WordPress plugin will do this for you). But hey - if you do think email newsletters are all the rage, you can still subscribe to OLDaily some 23 years after the first email left the server. Just saying.

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