Talk about a waste of resources. I signed up for Aweber newsletter services back in 2009; September to be exact. Since then I sent out a grand total of 5 announcements, 1 in 2009, 3 in 2010 and 1 in 2011. That’s just plain pitiful.
I couldn’t quite figure out what to do with Aweber so I let it sit. Well, no more. I’m finally getting my act together and will be utilizing their services quite a bit (Thanks Lis for the indirect kick in the butt). I’ve got several ideas floating around in my head and am announcing one of them in this post.
NJFM Coaching Series
I’m putting together a few coaching series. There will be 5 separate lists in total. The first coaching series isn’t really coaching per se; it’s motivational. It is my experience that no matter how well you write or how creative an imagination you have, if you don’t remain motivated or receive the right encouragement, all of your talents, ideas and imagination sits dormant somewhere in the “Maybe I’m not good enough” drawer (forgive me for that 4-line sentence).
So, it was a no brainer to come up with the idea for the first coaching series. It will consist of weekly email messages of motivation delivered into in boxes every Monday. I truly feel everyone should start the week off with a bit of encouragement.
The other 4 series are still being fleshed out, but they will include hands on tips and specifics on topics such as writing, tools for more efficient writing, monetization tips and lastly, I’ve got to include some writing humor.
The Ultimate Goal
My goal is to create a list for each day of the workweek. For example motivational emails are scheduled for Mondays, tech tips on Tuesdays, writing tips on Wednesdays, monetization tips on Thursdays and humor on Fridays. Don’t hold me to that schedule yet. The only two that I know for sure is that Mondays require motivation and Fridays require humor. Everything else is up for grabs.
The newsletters will occasionally include some old posts (because I’ve got so many that are buried here), new insights and things that may or may not have been discussed here on NJFM.
The one drawback to a newsletter list is that we won’t have the usual banter back and forth as we have here on the blog. Not to worry. If one of the newsletter items sparks a lot of conversation, I’ll create a post so we can discuss it. Keep in mind, however, that not everyone will receive the same email on Monday (or any other day of the week).
Because the emails are pre-scheduled, someone signing up this week will receive the first in the series just as someone signing up 3 months from now will receive the first in the series. No matter when you sign up, you’ll receive all parts in the series, you’ll just receive it based on when you signed up. I hope that makes sense because it sounds rather convoluted as I re-read it.
Newsletter # 1
Enough of my explanations, here’s the sign up for newsletter #1, Motivation for Writers. The other newsletters are still in the works and probably won’t be ready until early next year (hopefully sooner). In the meanwhile, give this one a try to see if it works for you.