Wednesday, June 16, 2021

A Little Housekeeping on the Blog

As you may have read elsewhere, some of us bloggers are having to migrate our email subscriptions to a different platform if we formerly relied on Feedburner to do the job.  As of July 1, Google's Feedburner will no longer work for email subscriptions.  They are shutting that part of the service down.

That has left many of us scrambling for alternatives to handle sending our blog posts via email.  For me, it boiled down to two options that were free.  One of those options seemed a little easier to set up, and that was the service known as follow.it.

The important thing for you to know is:

  • If you were receiving my blog posts by email previously, you will continue to get them by email from follow.it.  There's nothing you need to do.  The email may look a little different, but the content will contain the entire blog post, as in the past.

  • If you have not previously signed up to get the blog by email, you can do that now!  Just enter your email address on the right sidebar near the top.  Be sure to confirm, if you're asked to do so, to make sure you start getting the posts.

Of course, you're always able to add this blog to your favorite feed reader, if that's how you prefer to keep up.  If you've already been reading the blog with a feed reader, such as Bloglovin' or Feedly, for instance, nothing will change.

I do want to point out a couple things about the emails from follow.it.  Because I chose their basic free plan, I have less options for controlling the look and functionality of the emails.  For instance, there may be links that follow.it adds to the bottom of each email.  These have NOTHING to do with my blog and I have no control over them.  I'm trying to think of a nice way of describing them, but I can't, so I'll just say it:  To me, it looks like click bait.  If you like that kind of thing, click away.  My suggestion, however, is that you simply ignore those links.  That's what I'd do.

To that end, you will note that I've now added my signature at the end of my posts.  If you're reading the post via email, when you see the signature, you'll know you've reached the end of my content. 

If you wish to view the blog post directly from the email, or if you wish to comment (and I love comments!), click the "Continue Reading" link directly below my signature in the email.  That'll take you directly to the blog.

Note that if you hit "Reply" to the email from follow.it, your reply will not reach me.  It goes to nowhere land.  Your best bet is to click through to the blog and comment there.  Or email me directly at thewayisewit at gmail dot com.  Again, I do not receive direct replies from the blog emails.  If I would upgrade to a premium plan, I could control that and other things; but since I make no income from blogging, the free basic plan is the best option for me at the moment.

And now I'll leave you with a little quilty goodness.  I went to a local quilt show last week and saw some gorgeous log cabin quilts!  Here are some of them. 



Thanks for hanging in there and reading!  Feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments.



5 comments:

  1. Excellent post! I have added both the follow by email using Bloglovin' and using follow.it (like you, the basic free plan) widgets in the sidebar of my blog. I did not migrate the list of those subscribed already using Feedburner. We'll see how things go once we pass July first!

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  2. So many beauties in that quilt show! I seem to have lost my blogging mojo. I have a few months left on my Bluehost subscription, we will see if it returns before then, but I may just move back to blogger since it’s free. It’s too bad they are removing Feedburner. But it seems you’ve found a good substitute.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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  3. So many beautiful log cabin quilts! The snowbound is exquisite! I use bloglovin' so I am good for now.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing how you chose follow.it for your email feed now. Very useful information for me. You're right about the ads...they're pretty "baity"! :)

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  5. Thanks for the information about FollowIt! I haven't made a final decision about what to do for my followers. LOVE those quilt photos!!

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