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Find out when new stories are posted on the Wikimedia blog: subscribe to our new email updates. Design by Exygy and Wikimedia Foundation, CC-BY-SA 3.0. Painting by James E. Buttersworth, Public domain.

Today, we’re happy to announce a new email service for the Wikimedia blog: you can now subscribe to our email updates, to find out when new stories are posted on the blog.

To get started, simply type your email address at the top of any page on the blog (or quickly sign up on this page). Select either a daily or weekly update, then click on ‘Subscribe’, as shown below.

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Screenshot of email subscription panel from the right sidebar.

To complete your subscription, just click the link in your confirmation email. Daily email updates are sent at 12pm PT (7pm UTC), and weekly updates are sent every Thursday at 12pm PT (7pm UTC).

You can change your email preferences at any time by clicking ‘Update your preferences’ at the bottom of any email — or on ‘Unsubscribe’, if you wish to no longer receive these emails.

Why are we doing this?
Earlier this year, we ran a blog survey to learn what our users think of the blog. A majority of respondents told us they find the Wikimedia Blog useful, but that they only visit it about once a month — relying on emails, social media and web links to draw them in.

As a result, nearly half of respondents said they would like to be notified when new content is posted on the blog. One participant said: “I forget to go to the blog”, and another told us: “I need to be reminded it exists.” The most popular notification methods were Facebook (34%), Twitter (31%) — and a blog email list (30%).

Based on this feedback, we concluded that email updates would improve the blog experience and its visibility, by making it easier for our community to know when new stories are published on the blog.

How does this work?
All email updates include the lead image from each new story, a short summary and a link to the full story on the blog. The updates include all the blog posts that were published that day or week. If there are no new stories for that day or for that week, no emails will be sent. The emails are sent with the popular WordPress and MailChimp platforms, which are used for the Wikimedia blog.

To respect your privacy, the Wikimedia blog sends emails only to individuals who explicitly subscribe to this service. For more information, check out this special privacy policy for the Wikimedia blog.

We hope you will find this new service useful: it’s a great way to keep up with the latest Wikimedia news! We like to think of it as getting the Wikimedia blog in your inbox, so you never miss another important blog post. Enjoy!

Fabrice Florin
Movement Communications Manager
Wikimedia Foundation