Different approaches[edit source]
Charity email newsletters 'a waste of time', says Obama strategist By Helen Barrett, Third Sector Online, 20 February 2009 - argues for short, narrative-based emails.
It might help to copy these sections to each new newsletter page, then fill them in.
Announcements that are brief, and interesting to the reader.
New admins, volunteers, highlighted users, partners, initiatives, highlighted pages, features, changes, fundraising, upcoming events, recent events.
Build the knowledge base[edit source]
Content ideas that you might be able to help build (link to stubs & okay articles). Link to later section with more about #What the community needs.
New Appropedia content[edit source]
First edition can have content of any age - subsequent editions can focus on new content and articles newly rated as Good Articles or better. See Appropedia:Newest pages. Lead with the most attention grabbing, but include the most weighty.
- interviews with, testimonial by or profile of a user. (These might start as blog posts - Chriswaterguy can help)
- Steve (highlight our health work)
- David Reber (about Bridge)
- Lonny/Joshua on service learning
Blog posts[edit source]
From the Appropedia Foundation blog, and relevant blog posts from related projects and on related topics.
What the community needs[edit source]
Content, connections, donations.
Other sections can be added, or items mentioned under miscellaneous if necessary.
Stay connected[edit source]
Mailing lists, Identica & Twitter, Facebook, Approjams... link to Appropedia in social media page for more: LinkedIn...
Images help communicate better - however they are not essential, if it means delaying the first newsletters.
One image per story? Specific to the project, or a person, or a concept. Note Stephen Collins' effective and engaging presentations (I saw one at BarCampSydney3 - amazing --Chriswaterguy 20:25, 10 April 2008 (PDT)).
Sourcing images[edit source]
The following are not suitable:
- Google's Advanced Image Search has no license option.
- Picasaweb has no license tags?
Ideas for what kind of thing to put in a newsletter:
Things to watch for[edit source]
- Be as relevant to an aid worker in Guatemala, and a farmer in Lesotho as to a middle class Californian.