Saturday, June 23, 2007

Thing 30: LOLCats

Originally uploaded by scottelsdon

Monday, June 18, 2007

A test post from Photobucket

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So, where have I been?

Just in case you're following along a little bit but not quite all the way, I forgot to mention here that I am the first guest blogger over at the Learning 2.1 blog for the month of June. So there won't be many posts from me here in June, and since I'm creating the discovery activities, I'm not going to blog about them here.

Julia takes over guest blogging in July. I've promised to help her with it, but I should be back to regular posting here anyway. See you then!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Guest blogger? Me?

So, I'm the guest blogger for June for Learning 2.1 - and I'm not sure what my first activity is going to be! But look for something coming toward the end of the week.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

One more thing about Letterpop

before I move on to other interesting subjects ...

As much as I love Letterpop, printing needs serious improvement. Clicking the "print" link opens a new window for the browser to print from, but with the print dialog box already open. Closing the print dialog box closes the new print-formatted browser window, so you can't do any page setup or even preview your printout to see what you'll be getting. I just tried printing a newsletter I've been fooling around with, and instead of the two pages I expected, I got five pages printed landscape, with a good portion of my text lopped off.

A minor quibble, since I don't need to print anything from Letterpop very often, but a disappointment after such a good experience.

Oh, wait! Letterpop again!

Oops, I totally forgot to include a link to my sample newsletter! If you look at it today, and then again next week, it may have changed, because I love to play with the templates.

Thing 25: Letterpop

I must admit that I love Letterpop. (Almost as much as I love the new Scrapblog, but that's another story.) For creating newsletters, Letterpop is easier then Word or Publisher, and the templates look better too. Plus, Letterpop automates the process of sending your newsletter via email.

Really, using Letterpop is a breeze. (And no, I'm not actually obsessed with making videos for websites. This is one I made earlier for my 60 Sites in 60 Minutes class. I'm not all that happy with it - it needs some editing, and it may eventually get some. But I thought you might get something out of it.)

Account options
With a free Letterpop account, you can create 10 newsletters, mail them to 25 address ten times a year and have 25 pictures in your toolkit. You will have to put up with a few advertisements on the Letterpop site. (The free plan has been plenty for the library users I've introduced to Letterpop, BTW.)

The next Letterpop level, aimed at power users, is a little under $25 a year, and gets you 52 newsletters a year, mailed to up to 500 addresses. You'll get 100 pictures, too.

The most expensive account at Letterpop, created for corporate users, is a little under $180 a year, still quite inexpensive considering you get 365 newsletters, sent to 10,000 email addresses, and special "business" templates. Any organization needing more newsletters than that should really consider hiring a designer to create them and an email service to get them distributed!

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