Monday, September 23, 2013

Your Mailing List Questions Asked...

Apologies that what follows is a blog post about some boring admin... but I've received a few emails and tweets from people who are concerned that they signed up to the mailing list and haven't yet received an email... and I find it easier to post an explanation here and then point people at it than to try and explain all this in a series of individual replies. If it doesn't apply to you... feel free to move along!

An email was sent out in the early hours of Monday morning so if you're on my mailing list you should have one. If you're on the list and one appears not to have arrived, the first thing I'd recommend would be to check your junk folder. There are about 11,000 people on the mailing list and some servers assume that any email sent to that many people must be spam and treat it accordingly.If it is in your junk folder, I'd suggest putting the domain on a safe list - so that it doesn't get treated as junk in future.

If you're in any doubt as to whether you're on the list or not, here's a way of finding out:

Join - or leave - the mailing list here:
Enter your name and email address below:
Subscribe Unsubscribe

If you put your email address in here and hit subscribe, your browser should do one of two things. If it recognises your address as already being on the list it will take you to the home page of my website. If it's a new address, it will take you to a page that looks like this:

The double opt in is my way of guaranteeing I can't be accused of sending spam. Only people who get the email and click on the link will then get the mail outs. If at any time you want to unsubscribe, you can just as easily do so in the same way. I can see that in the last week for example, 150 people have tried to subscribe but then not clicked on the link to confirm it. Of course this might be because they decided against it by the time the email came through, or because they entered an incorrect address in the first place or - more likely - it's because the double-opt-in email has been sent to their junk folder and so they simply don't realise that the email has turned up.

I can only send the emails out. I can't do much to influence whether or not your email server recognises it as legit... but you can. If you're on the list but you haven't received the email... then take a look in the junk folder and try adding the domain to a safe list. I promise, I never spam.

That said... if you do want to buy some printer ink get in touch, maybe I can do you a deal.

Oh... and, as well as asking a question about the show as a way of running a Gorscreen competition... the email was also a reminder that episode two of Modern Life Is Goodish goes out tomorrow - Tuesday - at 10pm. So, y'know... there's that.


Rob Z Tobor said...

Well said and very concise, but not very exciting :)

I have to say you are very down to earth for a super celeb . . . COOL

Unknown said...

Hello dear
Informative post!! Through this post people definitely got an idea on junk or spam folder and also why their message is not considered as important. My view is that the message mostly comes to junk folder or as spam is false or misleading header information, deceptive subject lines, recipient’s improper location. Sometimes your important message with proper address is comes to spam folder. I think subscription on that is the best way.