I've seen "bloated emails" but I think it streamlines bulk information, rather than make it more clunky (mounting roofrack to bike? strange analogy, but brought a goofy mental picture! )
Good point about RSS, blogs, and those FAST forms of updates! However I have a cluster of people who like to keep up with me and some of my biz (call them close friends, family, fans, colleagues, what have you) and an html newsletter is most appropriate because many of them aren't "into the RSS and blog thing" due to unsavviness with computers. Many of them just know how to check email and play solitaire or something! Thanks again.
I do read a few newsletters (about 2-4 subscriptions) but actually like the idea of instead shifting to more RSS feeds . i love My Yahoo!'s customized news home page. That's great.
Thanks for the POVs!!