A couple of weeks ago I announced that the e-mail notifications of the Standard Edition newsletter would be changing from weekly to daily updates. I now have experience with the new daily updates and am generally pleased with them.
The first few days saw formatting changes nearly every day as I learned how to optimize this new bulk mail service. I think that task is done for the time being.
The new format is much "cleaner" and simpler than the previous weekly newsletters. There is less boilerplate wording, fewer colors, and fewer font changes. The daily update e-mail messages are also very short.
Feedback has been generally positive. Here are a few comments from subscribers:
I like the new format: the layered approach plus the shorter daily list make for a nice fit with the set of sites I check daily.
Thanks for this and I'm glad that you're doing such a great job in ensuring us of the genealogy news of the day.
I like the new format very much and look forward to receiving future updates.
Didn't think I would like having you change the format of EOGN. But I REALLY LIKE it especially the daily notices. (I miss the daily Ancestry newsletter.) Thanks for all your information; it is interesting and informative.
There is one new feature that I did not mention earlier as I wanted to first gain some experience: you can specify whether you want to receive the daily updates in HTML or in ASCII text. HTML looks a bit more like a web page with hyperlinks and different styles of fonts as well as bold, italics, and more. ASCII text is the old-fashioned, rather plain-looking text without any hyperlinks, font changes, bold, italics or images.
Some people prefer the use of bold, italics and underline, along with the hyperlinks similar to a web page. Others prefer the simpler look of plain text without any formatting. Now you can have it your way.
If you would like to change your daily Standard Edition update e-mail messages from HTML to ASCII text or back again, you will find instructions near the bottom of every e-mail update you receive.
As always, suggestions for improving the newsletter are welcome.