Hello fellow bookworms,
It’s the 4th Blog Birthday of Shanaya Tales, and so I am here with a very special announcement. As some of you may know, earlier this month, I shared my desire to revamp the Shanaya Tales email newsletter.
Well okay, I don’t think I can call it a newsletter, not in the form it existed at any rate, since it was basically automated post update notifications being sent out to folks who had opted in to receive them.
BUT that is changing. I have disabled these automated post notifications. And as promised (in my email to the current subscribers), starting February, I am going to send out a personally written bookish newsletter every single month.
Now this is clearly something I haven’t ever done before, so even just writing this here makes me kind of nervous-excited! But I guess I am more excited than nervous, so it’s all right?
Anyway, so like I was saying – it’s going to be just one email/bookish newsletter per month, which is going to be sent out on the First Friday of every month (except this first month when it will be sent on the second Friday, the 8th), and will revolve around all things bookish – from the latest bookish news, to views from the fun bookish corners of the internet, as well as bookish resources & reviews.
And I know there is still a week for this to go live on Friday the 8th. But honestly, I cannot tell you how excited I am for this to be a thing already, because it’s been super fun working on it in the back-end, figuring out all the big and small details.
Actually, I am still working on some of the small details, but today I’m sharing with you a glimpse of what went behind the bigger things, like picking a name, and deciding on the content. Especially because I would love to know your thoughts and opinions on these things.
So right when I decided I was going to start a bookish newsletter, I knew it had to have a name. I know, I know, email newsletters do not need names. But hey, it’s me, I like books, and naming stuff. So bear with me, please?
That being said, while I might like naming stuff, I am not necessarily good at it. The first couple of names I came up with were Bookmark/Bookmark IT (predictable I know, I told you I wasn’t good at this!), as in this newsletter I intended to share the bookish highlights of the month, the bookmarked stuff, so to speak.
But eventually the original two names were discarded, because I liked the variation Bookmarked more, so that’s the name I settled for. Now I do realize it is quite literal, and not necessarily original, but hey, I do need (fine, want!) a name, and until I get hit by a new stroke of inspiration (or you lovely bookworms suggest better names) this one stays.
Oh and I actually even created a banner of sorts, designing it after a bookmark. Please tell me how you like it?
..and the Newsletter
Once the name was sorted, the next thing to figure out was the content of this newsletter. Of-course this is just the kind of thing that most likely will be tweaked along the way, but I had to start with something, so I based this on what I personally liked in an email newsletter.
And as far as I am concerned, I only really subscribe to/and read newsletters that do provide value but are relatively short, quick reads that can be read/scanned in about 5 minutes, and possibly include links pointing towards the more detailed stuff, that I can check out if I have the time and inclination to read more.
So that is exactly what you can expect from Bookmarked – A quick, hopefully informative, definitely fun bookish read that you can scan under 5 minutes to stay updated on some of the latest from the book world.
And if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please do SIGN UP here, if you haven’t already! I’d love to have you join in!
That’s all from my end, folks. It’s been an amazing 4 years. Thank you for all the love & support you have shown me over these years. The friendships that I have made in the blogosphere have been one of the best by-products of blogging, and if for nothing else, then just for that alone, I am glad that I worked up the courage to hit publish on that very first post all those years ago.
Oh and finally, before you go.. I have one last announcement.
To celebrate 4 years of Shanaya Tales, and as a thank you to all my lovely readers, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram. There’ll be more details over on Instagram, but here’s a hint: It involves one of the most successful books of the decade, so you may not want to miss it. Check it out here!