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Why announcements are important

TL;DR Announcements deserve their fair share of space and attention. ElixirWeekly is a thing now.

For some of us, myself often in included, marketing our open source stuff to the masses is a dreadful endeavor especially if there are no distinct venues to do so.

If I go to Twitter and tweet something akin to “InchEx v0.7.0 released” on the same day when Rails 6.0 is released, then I am simply out of luck. Hell, if I go to Twitter to promote something it does not even have to be release-day for some community darling project, it is totally enough if it is just a busy day - people won’t notice my announcement when there is a stream of other stuff going on.

ElixirStatus was created to solve this very problem. The idea was always to give everyone the same voice and the same share of space. If you want to promote a blog post or get feedback for your new library, everybody has the same chance of getting noticed.

This community is one year old now and in my mind it is on its way to fulfil this promise. The Twitter account has over 2,000 followers. In June alone, 60 announcements were shared via ElixirStatus, which in turn gathered 5,500 clicks on the posted links.

If you create something around Elixir and want people to notice it, nobody can gurantee success or even attention. But with ElixirStatus you get a fair shot and the chance for your blog or code to stand on its own.

Starting this month, there will be another outlet for the things posted to ElixirStatus: ElixirWeekly. It is a weekly round-up of all the things posted to the site and on the web. If you like the idea of ElixirStatus but do not want to follow “live”, then ElixirWeekly is a great new way to subscribe to the newest development in the Elixir community.

ElixirStatus celebrates first birthday, introduces ElixirWeekly

TL;DR ElixirStatus is one year old now and recently launched a weekly email newsletter about Elixir & Phoenix. It’s called ElixirWeekly.

After I created Credo in late 2015 I was occupied with other things, but ElixirStatus - then six months old - kept running, humming away like an old diesel engine. I also had my mind elsewhere for most of this year, but don’t think for a second that this project isn’t dear to my heart.

ElixirStatus is where I started to “get real”, creating more than just scripts or add-ons in Elixir, but starting a real project instead. While my girlfriend travelled Indonesia during the summer of 2015, I got to traverse the depth of Elixir with a real goal and a complete vision for an end-product the first time. This is my original Elixir project, this is where I learned the ins and outs of Phoenix and where I discovered the endless patience this community has with a newbie in its ranks, often answering questions well beyond Elixir, Erlang and OTP.

One year later, you can finally subscribe to all things Elixir via ElixirWeekly, a newsletter which sums up a week of Elixir every thursday.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the site, whether you’ve signed up recently or are one of the mythical beta testers who started posting to the site alongside myself during its beta phase last summer.

I am thrilled to meet some of you at ElixirConf!

P.S. I know this sounds like marketing savvy hyperbole, but there are great things ahead for ElixirStatus. The introduction of categories and the recent addition of ElixirWeekly as a third channel to subscribe to the community (next to Twitter and RSS) are just the start.

ElixirStatus & ElixirWeekly: A community success story

ElixirStatus is old by Elixir standards (started pre-1.0 both in terms of Elixir and Phoenix) and will be celebrating its first birthday soon. Over the last year, the service has become a stable source of community announcements around projects, blog posts and version updates.

The big difference to more forum-like formats is that ElixirStatus caters to the people creating stuff as well as interested Elixir enthusiasts who want to here about new blog posts and libraries directly from the creators themselves.

It provides a steady stream of news generated by those creators. As such, it is sometimes a bit hard to follow. And although this is my baby, I have a hard imagining people are actually going to the frontpage of ElixirStatus just to scroll back one or two weeks, sit down with a cup of coffee and simply read up on what’s happened the last 7-14 days.

But I firmly believe there are people who would like to consume ElixirStatus in a way like this; not drinking from a firehose, but more like a magazine subscription.

This is where ElixirWeekly comes in: You get one nice email per week, with everything posted to ElixirStatus plus some (like Podcasts, Videos of talks, etc.).

It is really too early to tell, but I have a gut feeling that this newsletter will become a great addition to our nice little community! Like always, I will share some insights and numbers after 2-3 months. Issue #2 will be out on Thursday!

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