I’ve been working on a fundraising letter for my favorite non-profit. I’m part of the committee that helps raise money and usually the problem is just that – trying to get something written when I have to include or at least acknowledge the contributions of six or seven other people. It can be maddening at times, but it’s also a labor of love and I get plenty of praise and no real pressure.
It turns out that this particular letter will be sent via email and not printed.
Using an graphic from a previous letter, I picked a background color in Outlook 2007 and made sure the graphic matched the background color – it looks good. Except, the leader of this organization is on a Mac and I’m on a PC. She can’t see the background color on the letter, just on the graphic, which is a bit odd.
She suggested that a way around the problem of Mac/PC issues might be to put the letter in html.
That’s when I ran into into time eating trouble. I cannot find instructions I understand about how to use my own html in Outlook 2007. After posting on a couple of forums and doing umpteen Google searches, I created a copy in Word, adding the background color and saved it as a .pdf. I thought about using gmail, but they’ve changed their interface and I had already spent more than enough time on the deal. So I sent an email saying I didn’t now how to do it and that if someone else couldn’t handle that part, the the letter would have to go as a .pdf or in an email knowing those on Macs wouldn’t see the colors.
And that’s the point, really. [click to continue…]