Monday, 08 October 2012
Do You Use Feedburner for Your Blog's Subscriptions?
Time Goes By and The Elder Storytelling Place do and according to Google, which owns Feedburner, it will soon shut down. Well, not quite shut down; here's how our old tech guru friend, Web Teacher Virginia DeBolt, explains it:
”On October 20, Feedburner will end its run. Or, to put it in Google terms, Feedburner's API will be deprecated. That API is what allows you to interact with Feedburner stats and other info.”
If you use Feedburner for your blog's subscription service, do visit Virginia's post about this as she has good explanations for alternatives to Feedburner – paid and free.
Long before I began using Feedburner, I used Feedblitz for subscriptions to this blog and to The Elder Storytelling Place. In fact, some subscribers still receive these two blogs via Feedblitz.
With a great deal of consideration and hand-wringing after first hearing about Feedburner's demise a few weeks ago, I have decided to stay with Feedblitz. “Stay” is a misnomer because making it my subscription service involves migrating all the rss and email subscriptions from Google's Feedburner to Feedblitz and that's not simple.
Feedblitz, seizing the opportunity, has made a big deal about how easy the transition is even providing a 30-odd page pdf manual (30 pages!). But it's not as clear as I would have written it leaving me with many puzzling steps including how to follow the instructions if one already has an account and is not starting anew.
But that's not your problem. Since I sent Feedblitz my email queries over the weekend, I assume they'll get to answering me today and perhaps I can move forward with the migration then.
Meanwhile, I have made a few small changes you may or may not notice on TGB and at The Elder Storytelling Place.
- The email subscription box in the upper right corner now goes to Feedblitz. This should not affect anyone except new subscribers.
- For readers already subscribed via Feedblitz, you will now receive email with full posts rather than just the headline and a tease.
- The “sender” line in your email inbox should now have my name, Ronni Bennett.
- I've changed the distribution time to more closely conform with the time the story is posted online – 5:30AM Pacific time.
In the coming days, if there is anything you need to know to continue receiving your subscriptions via email and rss, I'll let you know here.
Good god, this is tedious. As a reward for those of you who have made it this far, here's an interesting new study from Hiroshima University as reported in London's The Independent:
”Seeing pictures of cute animals may boost workers' performance in jobs that require concentration, a team at Hiroshima University has shown.
“The study, which involved 130 college students, showed that looking at pictures of baby animals could improve your concentration by a tenth.
“Researchers also found that people who looked at pictures of baby animals performed better than those who looked at adult animals.”
Now we all have a legitimate reason to spent time watching those cute baby animal videos. Here's one to get you started – yes, that's Bing Crosby singing.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Mary B Summerlin: Loved to Death