In the past seven months, the success of Club MacStories has exceeded my most optimistic expectations, and I'm thrilled to announce more great additions that our members will be able to enjoy on a weekly basis.
First up, members can now access every issue of MacStories Weekly and Monthly Log, our two newsletters, on the web as well.
To view the archive, go to the brand new club.macstories.net, log into your Club member profile (via Memberful), and tap the Archive link in the top right. You’ll be presented with a full list of every newsletter sent to Club members, which you can read in a web browser instead of your email client.
Previously, it was possible to read newsletter issues on the web by tapping a link in MailChimp's emails, but there was no way for new members to view a complete list of every newsletter sent to date right after subscribing; if they wanted to find an old email, existing members had to go look for it in their email client, which wasn’t a great experience either.
While this isn’t the full-featured web app I have in mind (links still open as MailChimp web views, after all), it’s a start. MailChimp newsletters viewed on the web are responsive, and they can be read in any web browser.
This is also a way for those who don't want to receive emails at all to read MacStories Weekly and Monthly Log in their browsers (keep an eye on @ClubMacStories for new issue notifications).
Second, we have some sweet additions for our weekly newsletter, too. For the past few months, we’ve been experimenting with two new sections for MacStories Weekly; given the positive feedback we’ve received, we’re making them regular sections of MacStories Weekly.
Workflow Corner. For the past several years, I've been writing about iOS automation and getting work done on the iPhone and iPad. In the Workflow Corner, Club members will be able to submit their requests for help or workflow ideas, and we will try our best to come up with a solution. As the name suggests, there's a big focus on the Workflow app in this section, but we've also helped out with requests about Drafts, URL schemes, Hazel, Pythonista, and more.
I look forward to reading Workflow Corner emails from members every week – it is one of the best aspects of having a member community with people from all around the world, all trying to get the most out of their devices.
Ongoing Development. Our John Voorhees (creator of Blink and co-host of the Ruminate podcast) joined MacStories in November 2015, and he's become a key contributor to the site and the Club. In Ongoing Development, John explores life as an indie developer and writer, sharing his thoughts on creativity, finding an audience, surviving on the App Store, and more.
I don't say this only because I manage MacStories – reading John's column is genuinely interesting as I can relate to his experiences as an indie writer trying to make a living on the Internet these days. Ongoing Development is, well, an ongoing column, which you can find on MacStories Weekly every 1-2 weeks.
Furthermore, we're opening up the Home Screen section of MacStories Weekly to member submissions. If you think you have an interesting iOS or watchOS Home screen, send us an email (with a screenshot) and in one or two sentences explain what makes it interesting.2
We love reading about other people's Home screens and discovering apps through their setups. For months, we've been featuring the Home screens of friends of MacStories – podcasters, developers, and bloggers we know – but we realized that the diversity of Club MacStories members is something we should celebrate. So whether you're a student from China, a doctor in France, or someone from Italy with an interesting Home screen, get in touch with us. We've already featured a Home screen from an Australian member – I can't wait to see where this section takes us in the future.3
Last, I thought it'd be interesting to share some of the results we've compiled from a survey we ran a few weeks ago. The charts (as always, created by Graham) show what our members think of Club MacStories and our newsletter sections; the results are great, but that doesn't mean that I don't want to continue improving the quality and flow of our content. We're always listening and trying to be better and worth the cost of your subscription.
Favorite Sections: Every respondent was required to choose their three favorite sections; this graph features the most popular sections, with the percentage figure representing the proportion of respondents who chose it as one of their favorites.
Another interesting stat: there's an even 50% split between monthly and annual members. I honestly wasn't expecting that.4
In the past seven months, the response to Club MacStories has been overwhelmingly positive, and I can't thank MacStories' readers enough. Without you, I wouldn't have the best days of my life and I wouldn't get to collaborate with my team every week on what I love. Your support has been invaluable, and we at MacStories thank you all for it.
I have big plans for Club MacStories. We're working on major web-based features and we're considering more sections, new delivery mechanisms, community discussion ideas, and more. I believe we have found a sustainable model that works for us, enables us to expand as an indie site covering what we love, and which, most of all, lets us have fun every day.
I hope you'll like the latest changes to Club MacStories; as usual, if you have any feedback, feel free to get in touch. And if you haven't signed up for Club MacStories yet, I'd love if you gave it a try.
- Links to new issues will be updated weekly as soon as a new email is sent to members. ↩︎
- Details on how to submit Home screens are available on our updated FAQ page. ↩︎
- And don't worry, Home screens of friends of MacStories aren't going away completely. ↩︎
- If you're a monthly member and would like to upgrade to an annual subscription, get in touch and we'll take care of it. ↩︎