I've decided to start a newsletter courtesy of MailChimp (who also handle the newsletters for Mark Does Stuff). If you're interested in signing up (and I hope you are!) there's now a link in the upper button happy land.
I *hate* getting newsletters on a near-daily or even weekly basis, so I can promise you that I won't abuse your email inbox with spam. I really cannot fathom a scenario that would cause me to send a newsletter out more than once a month, and probably not even that often.
So why should you sign up for the newsletter at all? Well, I know that something like 70 people are subscribed via the RSS feed link but don't comment on a regular basis. I'm not sure how often you Awesome-But-Silent gentlefolk are checking the recent posts, and I can imagine that major stuff might get lost in the RSS shuffle of 20 New Posts! (19 of them about things you don't care about!) fun-ness. I feel like a newsletter would be a neat way to bridge the gap between "how do I find out if something major is going on over there" and "I don't want to waste my whole day finding out".
So what kinds of things will go in this newsletter? Well, announcements about new deconstruction series, for one. (Claymore can't last forever, you know.) And announcements if Ana ever gets off her cushion and releases that book she keeps talking about. And announcements when a deconstruction finishes (knock on wood!) and the posts are compiled into an easy-to-download-and-hoard-on-your-hard-drive form. And, ummmm... I can't think of anything else. Well, eventually I have to go in for a back surgery, so you'd probably get an announcement about that, too. (You can see why I don't expect this to be a weekly spam thing.)
Anyway. Newsletter: It exists, it's going to be awesome, and there's a button. I can't promise that signing up will increase your odds of finding an adorable fluffy kitten in your front garden, but I'm not going to say that it won't, either.
(Feel free to treat this thread as an Open Thread for today.)