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Re: [ljc] LJC NewsLetter?

From: Barry C.
Sent on: Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:22 AM
This was in part, what we were hoping to achieve with our LJC in December/LJC in January blog posts. Have you read them?


We thought a monthly would be a bit easier to keep to, than a weekly. How many people read these? Was it useful? Do you think a PDF would be a better solution?

Just to let you know some history on a newsletter, we did try to do a technical version of this (a four page PDF) a good few years ago and the content was seemingly impossible to get. I think we got as far as three newsletters before we had to shut down the idea. As with many ideas we had a lot of people that were interested initially but to try and get it going, but on an ongoing basis it requires so much time, it is only possible with a group that are absolutely committed for the next 3-6 months. Many people offer to contribute articles but then work / deadlines / weekend plans get in the way. 

Another example of this is our blog on for GDC Careers­. Interviews from experienced developers about their stories. We have received perhaps one in ten back from people that have agreed to complete them. This is just the nature of running these kind of initiatives. They take an awful lot of organisation. To commit to a monthly newsletter was too much for us at the time (and we had several others involved), to commit to a weekly would be very brave and rely on some very passionate contributors. 

If you Madhu, or indeed anyone feels that they would like to be involved then please do let Martijn or I know and we'll do everything we can to help make it a success. We are always looking for people that can get more involved with initiatives within the LJC and welcome any fresh ideas.

Again just to clarify this is in no way a moan, I believe that this is what we have to expect when things are voluntary and love how much support we get from members and Associates within the LJC.


On 16 Feb 2012, at 09:07, Madhusudhan Konda wrote:

> Martijn/Barry, please can you approve the following content if you think
> it's okay to shoot?
> Hello Folks
> Not sure if this is a good idea but was dwelling on it for almost three
> or four year! And it's certainly not a novel one!
> I always wanted to see a localized news letter for Java folks!
> Basically, it's a four or eight paged pdf document that would have
> variety of posts such as:
> -- Mini articles on Java subjects (perhaps a series on Patterns - two
> paragraphs to half a page - condensed)
> -- Someone blabbering about Java FX (anything new), for example.
> -- LJC work agenda
> -- Someone giving us heads up with International Java news!
> -- Columns dedicated to Java Crosswords/puzzles etc
> -- May be a cartoon (I don't think this would materialize that quickly)
> -- Jobs and events and etc notification
> -- Lots more
> The frequency I was thinking is a weekly - By Friday afternoon, the
> newsletter (suggest me a better name please - it's not a newspaper, it's
> not a book) will be delivered to your emails (or available for
> download). Print (or save a tree if you wish to read on your fav ebook
> readers) and read it while on your way home or weekend! 
> It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to read from end to end - must
> adhere to this - else it would be become boring.
> It is no different from a Metro (free news paper in London) or a news
> letters from Oracle/Jboss etc - except that it would have more appeal to
> local developers.
> Please (don't) shoot me down if you think it's a bad idea :)
> Ofcourse, there would be an editorial team as always!
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