Honest question: How do I subscribe to your blog. It’s not like I should get excited. It’s only my sister, not hoards of screaming fans, but an honest question, nonetheless.
I have to admit I was stumped at first. I still use primarily email, but my last gig got me to enable google talk. I really don’t want to twit or tweet, so how do you subscribe to my blog? Ignore for the moment that there’s a big subscribe button there now. Work with me.
Ok. So there is an “Entries RSS” and “Comments RSS” on the default page. I know what RSS is, but raw RSS is only so useful to non-geeks. Most browsers seem to offer some way of monitoring RSS, but that’s not satisfying … there’s no email.
I suppose I harp on that a bit, but email is nice and standardized. You can run your own or sub it out. You can use your own email clients or use more common ones. You can own your own email server or not care (you may already be realizing that I feel strongly about owning my own information).
So… I march back to the wordpress site with something to search for in the plugins directory (because browsing is so useless). Ok. I find something. It will do feedburner and a twitter and a few other things. Looks like it should do email. It creates a big ugly icon with no explanation on the page. Sigh. Email doesn’t work and I can’t figure why.
It looks like Feedburner (whatever it was) was bought by google. Fine. I have one of those accounts. However, it’s exceedingly non-obvious how to turn on the email feature. What should be a sensible default requires googling the problem and a fair amount of work to enable. Email is apparently not simple. Finally I have an email subscribe option.
But along the way, there be Tribbles! As I’m going through there’s options for feedburner to enhance your feed… to send it to other feed thingies and to poke them to update their use of your feed more often. All the sudden there are hundreds if not thousands of computers involved every time I blog. Tribbles. All on the way to enabling email updates for my sister.
I suppose it’s partially my fault. Keeping the maximum number of machines busy slaving away to my every whim has always been an interest of mine.
So now you can subscribe to my blog. go. Subscribe. Over there —> … the big orange and green box. Please? It will make me feel loved. :*).