Welcome to the week, friends. It’s Ben here with some cool news:
Late last year, I sent you a survey asking for feedback on our work, and you responded in droves. I learned that you’re a mix of newcomers and old-timers, and that you choose to start your day with us for so many different reasons:
🚗 “I’m an Uber driver, and I like to be able to tell my riders what’s going on.”
❤️ “I like feeling the ‘pulse’ of what people are thinking and talking about.”
🕵️ “I enjoy learning trivia and history about Portland.”
💌 “Bridgeliner often focuses on topics and issues that other publications’ emails don’t.”
This feels good, y’all. Two years ago, I set out to create a newsletter that would be delightful, actionable, and empowering for our readers, and it’s awesome to hear that Bridgeliner is hitting the mark so far.
But here’s the thing: I’ve also learned that five newsletters a week is a little too much email for some of you — and personally, after publishing 484 of these things, it’s a little much for me, too.
So on that note, here’s where I’m going to shift my focus in 2020:
Make Bridgeliner membership worth every penny. Nearly 150 of you became Bridgeliner members last year to support our work — but membership shouldn’t just be an investment in us. It should be a time- and money-saver for you. That’s why our new members-only newsletter will be full of all the life hacks, discounts, giveaways, and local delight we can squeeze into one email.
Want to see it before you buy it? Read our Tuesday and Friday newsletters starting tomorrow. For a month or two, we’ll send a free preview to everyone before flipping the switch and making it just for members.
And don’t worry — we’ll continue to send the regular newsletter to all subscribers every Monday and Thursday.
Keep growing our team. I’ll be announcing our next contributor later this week, but here’s a special announcement in the meantime: Bridgeliner reader and member Devin Hutchings is getting a promotion: She’s now Bridgeliner’s co-director. 🎉 I can’t even explain how excited I am about this, but if you come join us at PUGS later this month, I’ll give it a try.
Meet up more in real life. We do live in the same city after all, and good things seem to happen when we get in a room together. (Heck, that’s how I met Devin, and look at us now.) Anyway, in the next two months, we’ll be hosting a pitch-your-friend dating show, a Kokedama workshop at DIY Bar, and a dinner conversation at Akadi. And there’s much more to come.
OK, last thing: If you’re into all this, I’d love to invite you to become a member. It’s $8/month — or $80/year if you enter the promo code bridgeliner_annual at the top of the page and choose the annual membership option.
I’ll work hard to make that purchase pay off in spades. And as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on where we’re going next. My inbox is always open.