Traditional newsletters have stood the test of time. Many of us probably remember mimeographed church or school newsletters that came out once per week whether there was anything newsworthy or not. Maybe you were even in charge of producing one at some point.
This approach poses unnecessary challenges in the digital age. They take a lot of time and skill to write, lay out, edit, and distribute. Hard copies get expensive even if you don’t print in color. PDF is a “rendered” format viewable on mobile devices, but the experience is clunky and it eats up a bunch of data. There are ways to embed media like video in a PDF but you still need a web connection to view that media. Worst of all, you have no idea at all whether it’s being read. It’s purely a one-way conduit of information. And what if the newsletter comes out on the 10th but something comes up on the 12th that you want to communicate? You either have to send an email or wait.
This website solves a lot of those problems. For starters you don’t need to log in, so prospective members can check out what’s going on if they want and you, the member, don’t have to log in for every. Single. Link. The communications survey we distributed in March 2018 affirmed that as an annoyance. Very little of what needs to be shared with the membership needs to be behind a password. If it is, we’ll keep it private. We have that flexibility now.
Any type of media is fair game. For example, if Greens Superintendent Scott Moffenbeier has a great video about fixing ball marks, he can share that with the membership any time and doesn’t have to wait until next month’s Tradition. If you like it, you can leave a comment and see what others have commented. You can tell members about stuff you have for sale, or start a thread in the forum area. We can easily add or remove functionality as needed, like quick polls. Guest contributors/columnists are an option as well.
We will still send a monthly “newsletter” email to the membership highlighting new additions since the last update, with links directly to those articles. If you’re on a mobile device, you’ll be able to skim through headlines and go straight to the content you want with only a tiny data charge (no attachments necessary).
Comments are moderated, meaning they enter a queue for approval. They’ll be looked at several times per week. There are two reasons for this: One, it helps ensure a civil discourse, and two, it helps prevent “bots,” or automated web programs, from filling out comment fields for commercial purposes. Be patient and your comments will appear shortly.
We hope you enjoy using the site and find it useful. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.