I have www.kevinandamanda.com
www.monsterpaparazzi.com << my two crazy boston terriers' website
I never really had a "newsletter" of sorts, I would just always email people when I updated my webpage. Just sort of a friendly, "Hey guys, just wanted to let you know I added some new pics to my webpage!"
I had a "What's New?" section on my webpage, but I just sent the emails on my own until the list got over about 50 people... Then I started using a service that I loooooooved that would tell me who opened the email, if they clicked on the link, etc. I loved that, but they started charging for their service and it was an insane amount. Also, I would still have to go and manually write the email myself and send it, which was an extra step, but I didn't mind it.
Then I changed my "What's New?" section to a wordpress blog. Since my What's New section looked suspiciously like a blog already. That's when I started using the subscribe2 plugin. It automatically emailed everyone on my list as soon as I made a "What's New?" post! Perfect!! Took out an extra step for me.
Until dreamhost squelched my dreams. bah.
I reallyreallyreally hope feedburner will let me import my list. I have no idea how to prove to them that all these people want to be on the list. subscribe2 currently emails me when someone confirms their subscription but i always delete those emails.
If they take a look at my website they will see that it's just a silly family website with pictures, a scrapbook, and the mishaps of my two cats and dogs. Maybe they'll take pity on me.