When The Mobtown Shank first started in the late '90s, it began as an email zine. As blogs became cheap, easy and accessible, the Shank moved online too with this blog starting in 2004. Then for another 5 years, the Shank ran as both a blog and an email zine. But as the growing size of the subscription list became difficult to manage with Outlook, the email version began to become too difficult to manage and was beginning to feel redundant. And finally, the last issue of the email zine came out in 2009.
But the blog was never quite the same as the email zine - the conversation, the immediacy - it just seemed to wane.
So we have decided, for our own sanity if for nothing else, to revamp The Mobtown Shank email zine. But if you want to get it, you need to sign up. There's no way we're importing 5,000+ email address that are 5 years old into a new database.
The blog will continue to function as an online component that people will sometimes be directed back to from the email zine, and we'll also be using the Shank Facebook page as another place to respond, converse and/or interact.