I have been having a lot of trouble with Mail Chimp over the last few weeks and it is because of people who come to my site and enter contests. As you can see above, my entry form has an OPTIONAL way to subscribe to my newsletter. Many of you (thousands of you in fact) over the last few months have OPTED IN to receive my newsletter. Two weeks ago, I filtered through all the spreadsheets and uploaded all those people who said they wanted to receive LATB information to my Mail Chimp account.

The next day HUNDREDS of people marked the newsletter as spam. EVEN THOUGH THEY OPTED IN. My account has been shut down. This is completely unfair. I spend countless hours putting together these contests and now I am being penalized because a group of people forgot that they OPTED IN for my newsletter.

I don’t have a regular job. This is it for me. This is how we have heat and put food on the table and now a portion of my marketing has been shut down. I am currently trying to convince MailChimp that I am LEGIT and that these emails were not bought by a third company.

This is a big deal.

I almost never want to do a contest again because of what is happening right now. It is unbelievable and I am so UPSET. If you opted in for my newsletter through one of my contests and you  no longer want to receive it – please just unsubscribe. Don’t spam me. I am not spam. I am not randomly getting your email. You have told me that you allowed me to send you newsletters. That isn’t spam. Please this is a big deal for me.

Thank you for understanding.

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