I have a little housekeeping to do this morning … sharing some upcoming changes and a new feature! Thank you to everyone who reads Sarah’s Cucina Bella. The support for this site over the years has wildly exceeded my expectations and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
Email Subscribers Update
If you receive posts from Sarah’s Cucina Bella by email, this will impact you. Otherwise, you can totally scroll past this section.
On July 15, Sarah’s Cucina Bella is making a few changes to how email subscribers receive posts from Sarah’s Cucina Bella. First, I’m moving to a three times per week email. That means that no matter how many times each week a new post appears on Sarah’s Cucina Bella, you will receive only three emails — Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Why do this? Well, this will give me the freedom to sometimes add more posts to the site without clogging your email inboxes. So, if I want to post twice in a day, then I can and I don’t have to worry about it impacting subscribers. You will still receive every post in your inbox, as usual, except multiple posts will be contained in one single email.
Second, I am changing email services. Until now, I’ve had some subscribers on FeedBlitz, my own email service, and others on a WordPress-based email service. However, managing subscriptions across two services is complicated since I have to monitor both, and keep two different templates up-to-date. Moving to one single service (I’ll be using MadMimi) will allow me to streamline. As the subscriber, the impact to you will be minimal, if at all.
Current subscribers, don’t worry! You don’t have to do anything to continue receiving SCB emails. I will take care of moving emails over to the new service.
Monthly Inspirations Menu Plan Email
Also, launching this Friday, July 5, is a new monthly newsletter option. The Monthly Inspirations Menu Plan email is a once-a-month menu plan sent directly to your inbox on the 5th of each month featuring recipes from Sarah’s Cucina Bella. It will include recipes for an appetizer, main course, side dishes and desserts in every plan. And as an added bonus, each recipe will have the option to add directly to your Ziplist Recipe Box. From there, you can also create a shopping list using the recipes you plan to make.
To sign up for this new monthly newsletter, fill in your email address below.
One More Thing … (Input Please!)
Finally, I am considering a change that would impact both email subscribers and those who read via feed readers. For many years, I have offered a full RSS feed — meaning that full posts appear in emails and on feed readers. However, I’m at a point where I would like to switch to a partial RSS feed. My reasons are many. For starters, we are in a challenging time for digital content creators like myself. RSS feeds are routinely used illegally to lift content and display it on other websites, social media sites, etc. Though I don’t have any present issues with this, I have concerns that continuing to offer a full feed puts my content in jeopardy. Secondly, my content is optimized for viewing on my website, and that’s really where I want you to be reading it. Research also suggests that when partial RSS feeds are used, people tend to engage more with blogs — as in commenting, discussing, etc. More discussion is definitely a good thing. And, as someone making her living through this site and my other writing work, it helps me if you come to my site since every time the ads in the sidebar appear on your screen, I get a little money.
I’d love your input on this though: Would you be okay with this change? Would you click through? Is a partial RSS feed a complete turnoff?
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.