Writing my first newsletter email

January 9, 2012 · 5 comments

I'm sitting here at Sydney Airport, waiting for my girlfriend's parents to board their flight back to China, writing to you on my iPad.

All day I've had it in my head that I need to start writing for my new 'daily letters' newsletter I've started only a couple days ago.

So now that I'm sitting down, I went into Mailchimp to work out how to write an email to send to the mailing list. However, I discovered I need to do quite a bit more work first to set up an email template that I can then quickly use in future.

On my iPad, at the airport, is not a good time for me to work on this template. So I decided to just write to G+ instead, and work on the template when I get back home to Canberra tonight.

I'm excited that I've already had a number of people sign up for Think Wisely, and I haven't even 'gone live' yet. Thank you.

But as I wrote that, I realized I have. The site is live, the mailing list is live, and so am I. What more is needed?

Me writing, of course. And here I am. Having everything completed is less important than getting my thoughts out to you.

So this post is the first of my daily letters. How exciting!

If you're not sure if you're ready to start something new, just start it anyway. You'll find out soon enough if you're ready. Oh, wait… You've started it! Well, you may as well just keep going now…

If you'd like to receive my daily letters into your Inbox, sign up here: www.thinkwisely.net

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shawn Terry January 10, 2012 at 4:25 am

1.) Add me to the list: sterry@informationoutput.com
2.) You have a girlfriend?


2 Shawn Terry January 10, 2012 at 4:26 am

Oh, I expanded the post and see your link


3 Heidi Ohlander January 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Oh Alan, I'm in the same boat as you! I totally understand. Wow – we must be on the same wavelength – I just signed up for MailChimp a month ago and still perfecting my template. Maybe we can sign up to our mailing lists and give each other pointers? Maybe we could create a group of MailChimp newbies and see where it takes us?


4 Alan Howard January 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

+Heidi Ohlander I've just signed up to your list, and looking forward to getting your emails. I'd be happy to give and receive pointers, that would be awesome.

My first pointer is – don't worry about perfecting your template. It's less important than just writing every day. As long as subscribers can read your emails, that's all you need to worry about. 🙂


5 Alan Howard January 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

+Shawn Terry err… 2) Yes. 🙂


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