Friday, May 22, 2009

If you were a newsletter, what would you say?

This shouldn't be a very big deal. I've written newsletters before that have gone out to 400 different households. A simple puppetry guild newsletter is easy, right? I mean, I write for my descriptions on Etsy all the time, it's all puppetry related, it should be a piece of cake to master a simple newsletter.

It should be.

For some reason it's not.

Our previous guild president, Ed Rogers, has been amazing and has written them for I don't even know how long. For June, he handed the newsletter duties off to me. It's about time I stepped up, anyway. And this is something I probably should have had written several weeks ago. I've been trying to second-guess what people might want to read.

When writing descriptions for my puppets, or writing puppet shows--or even writing this--I do it from a standpoint of "fooey on you and your mom, this is for me." But when writing for the newsletter, I feel as though it's selfish to write for myself. Let me rephrase--It's inappropriate to be selfish and write for myself when writing a newsletter for the guild. I think.

On the internet, you have a choice whether or not to keep reading. And you have somewhere else to go....but guild newsletter readers are hostage to my every whim. Which gives me all kinds of wonderful ideas for things to put in the newsletter, but with my sense of humor--it would only be funny to me. Like...nobody wants to see my grocery list there, however, I really want to put it in. Like...really badly. No really, I need to get Ziploc baggies and the guild needs to know.

Maybe I'll have to write a few horrible articles in order to get it out of my system.

If I do, I may post them here.

I think another thing holding me back is my lack of experience. Most of these puppeteers have at *lease* 20 years on me. Most of them have 40+ years on me. I know, I know, everyone can teach someone something. I should teach them about how much I need Ziploc baggies.

So if you were to read a puppetry guild's real newsletter, what do you want to read about?


Froggy said...

Why don't you combine what they need and you want. For instance, you could totally have a comedy corner and the first issue would be "a Puppeteer's Grocery List." Then you still get to be a little silly. Also, occasionally solicit an article from others, people like to see their names in print. =D Your an awesome writer, you will do well!

TaraFly said...

I agree with Froggy: ask for article contributions and make it a group newsletter!

Personally, the grocery thing cracks me up, because when I worked as a grocery manager I'd stumble over people's lists (that were discarded or left on a shelf)... yes, I occasionally stumbled over shelves too.
If the list was humurous enough, say with odd spelling errors, I'd post it on my old site, "The Ghost of the Pot Roast" which sadly has since crossed over.
Once, someone had an entire list of party items (napkins, gift-wrap, balloons, 2-liters, etc...) and near the bottom: Aspirin! They were anticipating a rough time I guess. :)
Hope they remembered to purchase it without their list!

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