Oh. You ARE reading? Cool.
So, hey, you must have visited our website, OnlineItalianClub.com at some point.
You may also have signed up to our mailing list (thanks!) In which case you’ll get this article automatically as an e-mail.
First the good news
There’s some great content on our site. Lots of it. Besides articles like this one, there are over 1100 pages of content, and hundreds of interactive Italian exercises. Many people visit each day. Around 1000 pages are viewed.
It’s turned out better than I ever imagined two years ago when I started the project. I should be pleased.
And the problem is?
This is a spare-time project. My day-job is running a language school. Time is an issue for me. And money.
Today (it’s the weekend) I deleted around 500 spam users, out of a total of 3500. Actually, my teenage daughter did it, because she has more time than me (now I have to pay her).
But teenage daughters can only take you so far. Each day I have to manually screen all new user applications to prevent commercial or sexual spam in our forums. There may be twenty or more, about three-quarters of which will be spammers. It’s a pain.
Plus, our mailing software costs per user. The more of you that sign up to our mailing list, the more we pay each month. But people sign up, then don’t open the mails. You’re one of just 15%-20% who do.
What’s gonna happen
A big clean-up is on the way. My efficient 13-year old daughter will be paid another 2o dollars or so to go through the remaining 3000 or so users of this site and delete those who haven’t logged in this year.
Inactive user? Hasta la vista, baby.
Next, I’ll be doing a filter of the 1800 e-mail addresses that get sent articles like this, and cancelling the ones that haven’t opened any of the mails received in 2013.
Yo, money saved.
How you can help
There’s a chance that you love the emails but never log in to the site. Or vice versa.
If you don’t want to receive e-mails from me, please unsubscribe from the mailing list. (There’s a link at the bottom of the page that says “Unsubscribe”. Click that once. You’re done.)
I’m absolutely all right with that.
And if you’re busy, or don’t want to use the site any more, that’s cool too. Just do nothing, and Hannah will get round to deleting you. Humanely.
Farewell to the forums?
Seen the link on the site that used to say “Forums” and now says “Chat”?
Well, it seems that nobody is very interested in chatting in or about Italian with other learners from around the world.
Shame. It could have been great.
Worse, having an empty forum makes my site look bad. Like nobody wants to use it, which is absolutely not the case as we get hundreds of happy Italian-learners each day.
So, if the forum doesn’t liven up soon, it’ll be farewell to that too. Who wants to look bad?
You like to make new friends and practise your Italian (for free), right?
Do us both a favour. Head on over to the site, click the “Chat” link in the menu, and introduce yourself.
We have a teacher there each afternoon (Monday to Friday, Italian time) who will interact with you, in English or in Italian, correct your mistakes, answer your questions about grammar, culture and so on.
Her name is Federica. Go say hello, because at the moment she’s sitting there doing nothing most of the time. And because it’s fun. And because you’ll improve your Italian as a consequence. And because if you don’t participate now, you soon won’t be able to.
Oh, but hey? No Viagra links, please.
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