Blog vs. Newsletter

For a number of years Northern Virginia Bonsai Society has produced a newsletter through an email distribution service. With so many technology tools at our fingertips, it's easy to wonder if that is the best way to continue as we move into the next decade. So what would it look like if we shared our newsletter content through a blog associated with our website rather than as an email distribution like this example?

Well, first of all, it would look something like what you are reading right now. This is a blog post on Like our current newsletter, the website editor offers a variety of tools which would allow us to format our information, share images, upload files, and provide links to internal and external content.

Who would have access is another question entirely. Some content on the website is public, and other content is available only to members. The blog could go either way, and a decision about whether a blog-version of the newsletter should be public or private would have to be made by the board with input from our members. This post was originally created on a public page, so anyone who comes to could read it. We have to ask ourselves as an organization, what do we want to share openly, and what content, if any, should only be available to members? A question that often follows such a question is, "If we share content openly, what are the motivations for bonsai enthusiasts to pay dues for membership." After all, dues are