06 Jul

Hello World!


This is the first issue of the Pombo Newsletter! 
Pombo is a newsletter platform. Think of Mailchimp but simplified: fewer features, better UX, and lower prices. 

A few months ago, I came up with the idea of starting a newsletter. I tried to find a good newsletter tool, but none of the ones I tried worked well for me. There are a few free-to-use ones but I know that when something is free, you are the product, so I ditched those options from the start. 

I have a Hey account, and I could've just used Hey World, but that doesn't track email opens, which I'd like to track. It also doesn't have the subscriber management features I'd like. 

I ended up using Buttondown, but I don't like the interface, and the pricing is also not great for my use case. 

I don't like to use Buttondown, but you know what I like? I like to code so I figured I will build a tool for myself. And if I build it, why would it be just for myself? There may be others with the same needs as me and worst case scenario, I will be the only user of the tool I built. 

That's how Pombo was born.

Now you might wonder about the name. Back in the day, messages used to be carried by pigeons, and Pombo means pigeon in Portuguese, and I thought that could work as a name.

I got an MVP done in the past couple of weeks, and I will publish regular updates about the development as a newsletter(what else? :D), subscribe if you are interested.