I have an idea for the blog that I don't know if is even feasible much less worthy, so keep that in mind. I know at times people are traveling, prefer to not read the site from their phone due to formatting or browser problems (I'm looking at you blackberry), or unable to check the blog (whether because it is blocked at work or bogged down with other tasks), but like to read the front page content as soon as possible. Would there be a way for some type of email subscription that would send out an email blast to all subscribed users' given email address that includes the front page content whenever it is updated?
Now I understand to some extent that this would take hits away from the page, which is why I would be fine with some sort of subscription price for the "distribution service". The email wouldn't allow access to comments, diaries, the board, etc. so I wouldn't think it would cut down on a huge amount of page views, especially since I imagine only the die hard junkies like myself would pay for a email subscription to get new front page content ASAP by my email. I would also think that it could actually promote page views via a link in the email to get users to come to the site to discuss the article.
I don't know about you, but I would pay $20ish/year for get front page content emailed to me as soon as it's available. This is only marginally less than a SI subscription. What do you guys think? Is this even possible or worthwhile, or is my addiction reaching unhealthy levels?
EDIT: So apparently this all can be done for free by outside sources. I know nothing of the workings of the interwebs.