If you missed it, I sent out a newsletter email this week with the subject line, “Penis Fart Anus.” (Subscribe if you wanna.) We call this “filtering,” meaning everyone who doesn’t like penii, farts, and anuses (ani?) unsubscribes and I am only left with subscribers who actually, you know, like that stuff (and, by association, like me).
Almost 100 people unsubscribed and, of those, 24 filed complaints with my email service provider. This is the most unsubscribes I’ve ever had, even when I drop f-bombs in the actual email. The power of subject lines, I guess. I’m not sad, though. I’m actually kind of proud. And those of you who are left can stay with the knowledge that you’re welcome to say, “penis fart anus,” whenever you feel like it around here.
Also, I got all these great testimonials when people unsubscribed. (I feel like these unsubscribe reasons are actually the reasons why everyone else subscribes.)
Subject matter was entirely inappropriate.
Content and language of posts is tasteless and crude.
All of these are true, people. Unsubscribe now if “tasteless and crude” is not your thang. I will understand. Here’s possibly my favorite unsubscribe note:
The thing about the penis joke, “I DO NOT”!!!! like this kind of joke. Sorry for taking up tour time. I thought this site was all about recupes.
Next time I am very adamant about something, I’m going to put it in “CAPS AND QUOTES”!!!! because that makes all the difference. Also, I don’t know what recupes are, but maybe once I figure that out, I’ll add them to my content.
And here’s a little bit of housekeeping: Some of you are subscribed to get emails whenever I put up a post. This subscription comes from Feedburner, which is a service run by Google except that Google no longer supports it. You can tell you are subscribed to that one because you’ll see something like this at the bottom of the email:
The thing is, Feedburner has gotten real, real flakey and you’ve probably noticed that sometimes instead of displaying my artful photography in the emails, it displays a blank spot where the picture should be. If that’s the case for you, please feel free to hit that “unsubscribe now” link in the footer of the email and either subscribe to my weekly newsletter, or, if you still want to get emails every time I put up a post and you don’t want to wait until Fridays to see all the posts from the week, subscribe via WordPress. To do that, scroll to the bottom of any post, click in the comment box, and check the box underneath that says, “Notify me of new posts via email.” It looks like this:
There are also many other alternates, like Bloglovin’, or you can stick with Feedburner and just, you know, not see the pictures. I’m not going to nuke it or anything. Do whatcha want!
Happy Sunday. Long live penis jokes. (I said long.)