I’m not counting this as a blog post… although it is. I’m counting this as a test post because I’ve made a change in RSS email feed for those who are presently subscribing via Feedburner. That’s the preamble; now the short article… for someone like me. 🙂
During the period of time last week when I published my article on online privacy, I was working with a company called Follow.it, trying to move the email subscription service from Feedburner to them. That’s because as of July 1st Google was putting Feedburner in maintenance mode, which meant that anyone who tried subscribing after that date would never receive anything. It also probably meant that at some point later in the year Google would shut it down permanently; they have a pattern.
I knew about the Feedburner issue a long time ago. It wasn’t until reading Holly’s post about Follow.it that I thought it might show good judgment if I went ahead and moved current email addresses subscribed to this blog to a service that would allow them to keep receiving notices. That, oddly enough, I hadn’t remembered in months that I might have anyone still subscribing to this blog because of getting fewer comments, astounds me, though I’ve had a lot of things going on lately. In any case, check out Holly’s article on what Follow.it can do for you; this will probably be the only time I write about them.
Seems the moves I was trying to do came with some complications; of course it did! lol In the midst of trying to get things set up properly, I lost access to my Atom feed, which I didn’t expect. I’ve also tried setting up a couple of other things related to Follow.it, but they weren’t going smoothly.
Eventually, I got a feed through Follow.it on Thursday… the same day I decided I was going to be taking a content creation break for a few weeks… actually, more like 4 or 5 weeks. I have some things to do professionally and personally that I felt deserved some time for myself, especially since Mom’s not home yet but hopefully will be within a few weeks. Thus, I did a very short video saying I wasn’t creating any new content after it, put it out Thursday morning… and felt all was fine.
Except I learned that Follow.it doesn’t go backwards. I thought the RSS feed would still show my previous content, including last Monday’s article… but it doesn’t work that way. Thus, my trying to subscribe to the feed in places like Flipboard or even my feed reader Brief, wasn’t happening. Seems the only way I can test both the email subscribers and the RSS feed was to write an article… which is this one.
Initially I was only going to write a couple of lines, publish it as a test, then move on to my relaxation. That felt disingenuous to those few people who are still subscribed to both the RSS feed and the email subscription feed, who might still care and wonder where I was. So, the article’s longer than I thought it would be, but it’s still a good test and informational article… right?
In any case, now you know what’s going on. If anyone who reads this is a new visitor and wants to subscribe to the email feed, just click on that green arrow over there on the right (not the one in this article) and subscribe; there’s lots of stuff there for you if you’re interested.
If you want to watch something talking about what I’m hoping to do, that’ll probably take you less time to watch than reading this, here you go; y’all have a great rest of the summer!