I've just got to vent here and maybe some of you can relate ... the last couple of months have just been a cluster trying to get our newsletter out. We switched hosting and when we tried to send out our normal once a month newsletter ... the hosting company has a system in place that won't let us send bulk email ... ok so we resort to a 3rd party opt-in manager well that turned out to be a cluster as well because now all our subscribers are being asked to confirm a subscritption that has already been confirmed and too boot until they confirm the newsletter is put on hold so I can't even get sign ups the newsletter they signed up for until they confirm again. Oh and the other lovely thing, this particular provider does not have the option of sending individual emails or a selected group so every time I send out some emails, I have to go back in and delete the ones I've already sent it to so they don't get a million copies of our news publication ... I mean I know it's an awesome news publication but even I don't want to see it that many times :-)
Ok, maybe a little bit my fault for not thoroughly reading the third party provider requirements but if you already had an existing list, and your hosting provider won't let you send bulk email and a third party provider has their requirements ... how do you get around this with the expection of some spamless system that is probably illegal and should sending a simple monthly newsletter be this difficult?
I suppose we will have to resort to building an opt-in manager within our site ... yet another task on the mile long to do list ... did this spam act really target the right people ... I know I still recieve a bunch of junk emails and you know something they've almost convienced me that I need to increase my manhood ... not! :-) (sarcasm)
Ok, I'm done.