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Folks, is anyone in the Crowdstack community using the "blog" feature to deliver a digital magazine?  If so, how did you set that up and implement it?  We have used Crowdstack for years to deliver a private discussion forum to our 6,000 club members.  We already produce a bi-monthly printed magazine.  We would like to:

  1. Copy and paste the text and images from the magazine into categorized, dated and tagged posts.
  2. Automatically deliver a bimonthly summary of all articles/posts since the previous summary.
  3. Maintain a "subscriber" list for those who want notification of blog posts as they happen and who want the "summary".
  4. Store digital pdfs of the printed magazines going back decades.
  5. Allow search of all text, including text-embedded archived pdfs.

Any thoughts on this topic would be appreciated.


Super cool idea John! Hopefully someone will chime in here...offhand, I like the way that @Paul Heymont at TravelGumbo incorporates the blog with their forums, maybe he could share a little insight.

You can definitely copy in text and images to your blog, and organize the posts into "collections" with tags and dates.

You can also store your PDFs in the Resource area, and those PDFs are indexed inside Crowdstack's search function (all of the text inside the PDFs).

Crowdstack's notifications will allow your members to "follow" the blog themselves and get automatic notifications of all new blog posts. You also have a blog RSS feed available for those who want that type of alert.

For your bimonthly summary, you'd have to fire that off manually, but you could do it by sending from the Manage/Search Members area, and using an embedded Blog posts widget in the email itself. To get people to opt into the summary email, you could set up a custom profile field with a checkbox (which also then becomes a filter in your Manage/Search Members area).

Just some spitballing...hopefully we'll get some other folks to jump in with ideas too!

Rosemary O'Neill

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