[Skip to the last paragraph to read the most important bits.]
Yesterday, in addition to my last post here on the blog, I also got a newsletter out. This morning I checked the report from MailChimp on my phone. I'm incredibly bad about checking the "metrics" and today I just happened to click on the 'opened' link and scrolled through the 165 people who had opened it as of 8:30 AM. (Now 11 hours later and it's up to 198, or 41%, with 23 clicks.)
There was one unsubscribe, and that's OK. The reason was a sad one - that person, who has opened every single newsletter I've ever sent - now has an illness that prevents her from using a computer. My heart goes out to her and the caregiver who wrote an explanation when she unsubscribed.
The rest of the list of names was a real trip down memory lane. Some people were family - I'm grateful they look even though dyeing and quilting isn't their thing. I saw names of a couple of my dye teachers and many fellow students, my students, customers and custom-work clients. There were people I met when I worked in the local quilt shop, and many people I've met at shows over the years. And below is the current geographic data of where people were when they opened the newsletter. Anyway, I expect this is really kind of dull to most readers. But . . .
The Last Paragraph - what I'm trying to get at with this post is how truly grateful I am to everyone who takes the time to read the newsletter, and who has touched my life and has let me into theirs as well. Thank you, so very much.