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"Forcing" subscribers

  1. I run a blog newsletter for an organization, and haven't had many members subscribe. I'm thinking they're just not that comfortable letting go of the old printed newsletter, and I'm not sure they ever will be. But before we abandon the blog newsletter and surrender to old-school, I am thinking of just subscribing them. Is there a way to do that, or do I need to send invitations? And if I send an invitation to follow, do they have to sign up for WordPress? (They may think they have to sign up and don't want to.)

    The blog I need help with is gelfandgazette.wordpress.com.

  2. I am thinking of just subscribing them. Is there a way to do that, or do I need to send invitations?

    You can't subscribe them. Your followers are the people who have signed up to receive updates each time you publish new content. They do not have any editing privileges. If your blog is public, anyone can follow it, but you may want to send out invitations to specific people who you’d like to share your blog with.

    Note that followers do not need to be registered with WordPress.com. Anyone following your blog with an email address that’s not associated with a WordPress.com account will be sent details of how to confirm and manage the sites they’re following without needing to register at WordPress.com.
    Inviting Contributors, Followers, and Viewers

  3. Is the newsletter saved as a Post or is it a stand alone document like a PDF?

    Have you thought of taking a laptop with internet access to a meeting and helping people signup for email alerts when a new Post is published?

    Don't know if you would run into some spam filter issue or not with many signups from the same IP address. But I would try the laptop idea.

  4. Thanks to both of you!

  5. You're welcome. :)

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