Hey Hashnoders 👋
I'd love to hear your feedback on our weekly newsletter 📰 Do you read it? What do you think we should improve? Is it too long or too short? Anything you say will be really valuable to us! Thanks in advance 🌞
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Personalized news - This is something I've been missing in many newsletters I get in my mail. It would be nice if you send news, article, etc. based on the nodes one follow.
Update: I saw that the content of the newsletter should be already personalized, but it doesn't feel so. At least not in the last 2 newsletters I checked. I will see the other ones and update further if necessary.
Rearrange the newsletter - What I look for in a newsletter is a valuable information. The sooner I find it, the better the chance to stay and read the whole newsletter. Sharing a quote is a great idea, but you should think of a better place for it.
Less clutter, more value - This is related to the point above. There is just too much text and the links get lost.
Picked Answers - Something I was really keen on was the Picked Answers section in the old newsletters. It showed one of the strongest parts of Hashnode - the community. It's also so satisfying to see your image out there. :)
Personalization: The articles and the news should be personalized based on the nodes that I follow (preferably with frequency weighting).
Organization: If the links to the articles were organized under headings with the node name under which they became popular, it'll be much easier to skim through and click on links in relevant sections.
Jobs: While the jobs section on Hashnode is a very interesting addition, the list could be a lot smaller in the newsletter. I understand that you want to push that feature, but having 7-8 listings on the newsletter defeats the purpose. Having 2-3 listings, accompanied by "Read More" would be more than sufficient and hopefully drive traffic to the webapp as well.
[Update]: Unsubscribe per node: Low priority, super advanced feature. Allow users to unsubscribe a node in the newsletter. For example, I like React, but I don't want notifications about it. OTOH, I love reading more about Spring. Some settings to allow unsubscription per node would be useful once you start following a lot of topics and want a focussed newsletter in the e-mail.
To get a few things out of the way:
- I am a power user. I prefer control and fine details over a "clean" interface
- I am a daily Hashnode user, online many hours a day
- I once received the newsletter and I kept doing so for a long time
- Since I am online so much, I never really read anything new, so I stopped my subscription
As such, I don't really know much about the current format and degree of information, however imho, a newsletter should do what the name implies: It should contain news. New things. I would be interested in a quote, a Hashnode changelog, WIP features and hot topics and highly upvoted/appreciated posts which I did not view, yet. All in the context of my followed communities.
I very much enjoy the weekly Rust update. It's not called a "newsletter", because it contains so much more. It's called "This Week in Rust." It starts out with a small description of what Rust is and wants to be, so that everyone is reminded regularly and there are no doubts about the goals. Then, they list the most important stuff: Articles and blog posts; 10 in total. They have a crate of the week (post of the week for Hashnode?), call for participation (which questions need attention on Hashnode?), updates from Rust Core (Hashnode changelog and WIP?) and at the bottom events (Hashnode does want to sponsor events, right?), jobs (new Hashnode jobs) and a quote of the week (there you go, a quote :D).
This is just my opinion, and I really don't want the Hashnode newsletter to just copy this format. So far, I really appreciate the weekly Rust letter content and I think many websites could learn from it.
About the only suggestion I have is maybe add trending items from each category (Posts, Blogs, News, etc) relevant to the individual member's selected communities. If they do not have communities selected then just do a general list of trending items. You guys are doing a great job with Hashnode, keep up the good work!