Rambles from Ron
by Ron Carnell
This issue of Digital Passions
introduces the first of several major changes we're going to be implementing in the course
of the next few months. You may have already noticed that the Contents menu above now has
a new section called "Bonus Features." What, pray tell, is that all about?
Just as Passions has grown tremendously in the past year, so too has our digital magazine.
The turning point, of course, was when the lovely Poet deVine took over the helm,
recruiting Sunshine and Balladeer as Editors, along with a whole staff of talented writers
from the forums. About the only thing I do with Digital Passions any more is send it out
the virtual door when PdV tells me it's ready and complain just about every month that
it's getting too big.
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Complain? Unlike many
newsletters, you see, Digital Passions is personalized for each subscriber. Right now,
that just consists of adding your name and appropriate unsubscribe data. Effectively, that
means each issue of the almost 8,000 I send out has to be sent individually, rather than
using bulk email like so many newsletters employ. And the bigger the magazine is, the
longer it takes to send each copy.
|I created a brand new
Well, I got a little tired of complaining (and I'm
sure PdV got tired of hearing it). More importantly, I got tired of seeing some really,
really great articles and poems cut from every issue just to make it smaller. So, I did
the only thing I could. I created a brand new web site, whose sole purpose will be to host
the new, expanded Digital Passions.
The new address is poetry-magazine.com and you'll already find all of our past issues of
Digital Passions, our current issue, plus the Bonus Features listed in the menu above. I
think you'll find it very easy to navigate, and we have the added dividend of being able
to format everything in ways unavailable in a plain text magazine like this one. As just
one example, many of our interviews will now include photos.
Sunshine and Balladeer will continue to provide us all with about 20K of great articles
and poetry every issue, delivered straight to your favorite email box. In some cases, and
we'll note each case, the articles in the plain text magazine will have extended versions
only available at poetry-magazine.com. And in almost every foreseeable case, each issue
will include those Bonus Features, the articles and poetry that would have otherwise made
the magazine too long.
But this is also just the start of the changes you'll see.
Over the course of the next few months, Digital Passions will become
more and more personalized. Are you especially fond of Love Poetry? Don't really care for
the Interviews? Soon, you'll be able to tell us exactly what you want to see in YOUR ISSUE
of the magazine - and the system will select articles and poetry to match your specific
interests. Every copy will be different, consisting of JUST what you want to see. Can you
spell f-l-e-x-i-b-i-l-i-t-y? I KNEW you could! :-)
On a related note, the expansion of the magazine also opens the door to new talent. If
poetry and writing are your passions, as they are ours, and you would like to showcase
your talent and knowledge in Digital Passions, I strongly encourage you to contact Poet
deVine at firstname.lastname@example.org
and express your interest. Virtually all of the coordination of each issue is accomplished
in our forums, and PdV will get you signed up, introduce you to our elite editors, and
gently walk you through the ropes. Trust me, you'll be in excellent hands!